Many community groups and artists join the market on a rotating basis, adding to the civic and convivial atmosphere. The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University joins the market weekly to offer recipes, cooking demonstrations, and free samples of seasonal dishes made with market produce.
The market welcomes credit and debit card users as well as Ohio Direction Card SNAP users. Customers wishing to swipe their cards in exchange for market tokens may visit the market information table for assistance. SNAP recipients also receive a weekly Produce Perks match of up to $20 for the purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables, and food-producing garden plants. The Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent offers handmade shopping totes, yoga bags, zafu pillows, pet beds, and more made from upcycled and recycled fabrics to support the Produce Perks program which doubles spending power for many individuals and families in need within our community.
Shopping at your local farmers’ market does a lot to support your local economy, small businesses, and Ohio’s long tradition of agriculture, which was at one time Portage County’s main industry. Your support keeps farmers farming and ensures that locally-grown produce and locally raised meat and eggs continue to be abundant and available. It keeps traditions like handmade soaps, homemade preserves, and locally-made cheeses and baked goods alive. By shopping at your farmers’ market, you have a chance to try new foods that can inspire a sense of adventure and a rhythm of the seasons in cooking. Joining the market community can spark lasting friendships and lead to new experiences. Your support for Haymaker Farmers’ Market also brings you to downtown Kent on Saturdays – and Kent is a thriving city where there is always something special going on. It’s a city filled with spots to hear live music, enjoy many festivals and events, and a wide variety of great restaurants and bars.
The Haymaker Farmers’ Market is a wonderful place to be all season long and we hope you will join us.