BG farmers market adds summer vibrancy downtownWritten by Andrew Farr | | email@example.com
This summer, downtown Bowling Green added a fresh ingredient to the community with a new farmers market.
The market is open to the public each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is located in the SamB’s parking lot between 165 S. Main St. and 181 S. Main St.
Several community members began organizing the market last fall and it is now in its sixth week as vendors and local farmers gather to sell fresh produce, flowers, plants and arts and crafts.
Downtown BG Director Barbara Ruland said so far the market has done well despite it only being open since May 12.
“It has been pretty well received and there’s usually a steady traffic of people that come throughout the day,” she said. “My interest really is getting people to come downtown to the market each week.”
In addition to selling produce and arts and crafts, the market will continue to feature different things each week including chef demonstrations, book signings by authors and live music from local musicians.
Market Master Penny Parker said anyone going to the farmers market can expect something different every time.
“There are lots of consistencies but also new things each week,” Parker said. “We’re trying to reach as many interests as possible.”
Parker said she got involved in organizing the market because of her interest in local agriculture and views it from more of a farming perspective.
“It’s good to learn about where food is coming from, especially locally,” she said.
Parker said the market offers a wide variety of produce from local farmers in Wood County as well as farms in surrounding communities. She said despite all the food producers in the area, there was really no way for growers to gather and share their produce with the community.
“The farmers market was a way to bridge that gap,” she said.
Parker also said it can be difficult to keep a small town like BG interesting through the summer months and the farmers market is another way to keep the community active.
“It takes a lot to keep a vibrant downtown area and to keep BG a fun place,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a really longlasting thing in BG.”
For more information, visit www.downtownbgohio.org/farmersmarket/index.php.