Haymaker Farmers’ Market
This Saturday, April 11th continues the Drive-Through Haymaker Farmers Market, 10am-1pm at the United Methodist Church of Kent parking lot behind the church. We have 14 vendors who will be on-site to bring you fresh fruit, vegetables, breads, maple, honey, desserts, plants & prepared foods – all while you STAY IN YOUR CAR.
Birdsong Organic Farm, Black Dog Acres, Brimfield Bread Oven, Busy B Bakery, Goodell Family Farm, Hyde Park Farm, Kline Honey Bee Farm, Mason Kisamore Family Farm, Oak Tree Hydroponic Farm, Old Forge Dairy, Savory Snackage, Smyrna Mediterranean Morsels, Tierra Verde Farm, Western Reserve Heritage Seed Co., and Woolf Farms will all the at the Market this week. A menu of all products available will be distributed at market and is below. Contact vendors directly to preorder – contact information at haymakermarket.com.
These are tough times for everyone. This is hard on businesses, families, and our community. I’m proud to be part of a local food community that is working to feed our people and working to stay safe. Vendors are finding creative solutions and making sacrifices to stay safe. For some, that means staying home due to illness or risk factors in the family, despite the loss of business. For some, that means taking steps to minimize risk at the Market. We are taking every step we can to make the Market at safe as possible. Here’s how you can help:
- Be patient. Peak wait times (at ~10:30am) were 40 minutes for customers to get to the first vendor. It can take about 20 minutes to drive through to each vendor, but cars can pull out at anytime.
- Be strategic. We had a solid line of cars for the first 2 hours. But customers could drive up with no wait from 12-1pm, and produce, meats, eggs, breads, etc, were all still available. If you want something specific, pre-order with the vendor and you won’t miss anything.
- Be safe. Stay home if you are at all sick. Wash/sanitize your hands frequently. Pre-order & pre-pay. Have exact change. Don’t use reuseable bags. OPEN YOUR TRUNK – and vendors will place products directly into your trunk.
The market welcomes the Ohio Direction Card and credit and debit cards; customers may visit the market info table to swipe the card in exchange for market tokens. Thanks to an Ohio Department of Health grant (through Produce Perks Midwest, Ohio State University, and Countryside) our weekly Produce Perks match is UNLIMITED through June! This match is offered to SNAP customers for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.
How does a Drive Through Market work?
Please be patient as we try to create a whole new market structure in order to support our vendors and feed our community. We will adjust and solve problems as they arise in order for everyone to have the best and safest Market experience possible given our current limitations.
- Cars will start follow a single file line, starting with the Market Table to buy tokens (if needed) and get a product list. Vendors will be on the LEFT side of vehicle. Customers stay in their cars.
- Market tokens will still be available (credit/debit tokens, SNAP food assistance, & Produce Perks). Please have small bills or use credit cards. DO NOT use your credit card at each vendor – instead, buy tokens from the Market to pay vendors.
- Vendors will have one person handling money and one person handling products.
- When possible, pre-order and pre-pay directly from vendors.
- No sampling, avoid handling products unless purchased.
- Vendors will not use your reuseable bags
- Keep interactions brief in order to keep the lines moving.
- Use the printed menu to plan your order before going to each vendor – speeding your interactions.