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HUDSON -- If you missed opening day (June 3), the Hudson Farmers Market is open through October every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the historic Clocktower Green.
The Hudson Green provides a beautiful venue, said Market Manager J Hudson.
"Buyers come out to shop and stay two hours," Hudson said. "They don't buy a few things and leave. It's an event for them."
New sidewalks on the Green have changed the layout for the market with additional vendors setting up along the new paver path near North Main Street, Hudson said.
"It's more conducive for strolling and walking," Hudson said. "Instead of going out and back, you walk in a circle."
Hudson said he is looking forward to season 11 of the market, with a good mix of vendors.
"We have items not found at other farmer's markets that the community will enjoy," Hudson said.
Children are part of the market. The Hudson Montessori School sponsors a children's tent with activities for small children matching the theme for the week.
In addition, the Young Entrepreneurs, which the Farmers Market supports, will sell different items each week.
Hudson Farmers Market was originally a result of a Leadership Hudson class project, but it has become an institution, Hudson said.
"Summer begins with the opening of the Farmers Market and people come every week," he said.
Special programs are planned throughout the year with a visit from the Summit County Master Gardeners on June 10.
Master gardeners will be present to answer gardening questions and local plants will be on sale from longtime market vendor Robinson's Lawn and Garden Center.
The Hudson Montessori Children's Tent will have activities relating to gardening too.
Music will be provided by cellist Carolina Borja.
In addition, if visitors support local merchants and bring a receipt from one of the Main Street businesses located between state Route 303 and Owen Brown Street to the Hudson Farmers Market main tent, they will receive a free insulated Hudson Farmer's Market tote bag. Receipt must be dated within the last seven days to be eligible.
The Hudson Farmers Market Community Day is June 17. Hudson-based organizations gather on the Clocktower Green and share information and fellowship with market patrons and citizens of Hudson.
Any Hudson organization that would like to participate, should contact Market Manager J Hudson at email@example.com
Avant Gardens Farm & Mushroomery is new to Hudson's Farmers Market and grows mushrooms buyers won't see in the grocery store, Hudson said.
Other vendors include Fermentation Girl with fermented foods and drinks including ginger ale, Gaelic Imports with a foreign flavor, GrayHouse pies and many others.
The Hudson Farmers Market nurtures Hudson through fresh and healthy local produce, but it also fosters community by bringing Hudsonites together. The farmers and gardeners have fresh tomatoes, pumpkins, lettuce, herbs, flowers and apples. Additionally, other vendors have fresh pasta, breads, meats and cheese, and of course, local honey from Aurora Honey for purchase at their booth.
The Hudson Farmers Market, in its 10 season, is a nonprofit born from a project of Leadership Hudson, a program sponsored by The Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower, and a collaboration between community leaders and civic-minded residents.
The Hudson Farmers Market is generously sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Hudson Montessori School. The market serves as an incubator to local entrepreneurs and an economic driver to downtown Hudson. With approximately 30 diverse vendors, the Hudson Farmers Market attracts over 20,000 people to downtown Hudson over the summer and autumn seasons.
To learn more about the Hudson Farmers Market, please visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.org.