Updated July 10th, 2024

America’s Farmers Market Celebration, Carriage Hill Steam Engine and Sunset at the Market

America’s Farmers Market Celebration

The 2024 America’s Farmers Market Celebration, by American Farmland Trust, runs through September 18. The Celebration is the only annual ranking of the top farmers markets in the United States as voted on by the public.

Cast your vote today to help the 2nd Street Market take home a piece of the prize pool. The winning markets will not only receive awesome bragging rights, but a chance to win cash prizes to help with market operations and programming.

Visit the American Farmland Trust website to find the 2nd Street Market, using the search feature located below their interactive map. Type in the Market’s zip code 45402, choose 2nd Street Market and submit your vote. That’s it!

Carriage Hill Historical Farm Steam Engine to visit the 2nd Street Market

Stop by the outdoor Market and see Carriage Hill MetroPark Historical Farm steam engine in action on Sunday, July 21 as it steams local sweet corn provided to you by our legacy farmer vendor, Russell Garber of Garber Farms.

The steam engine was an integral part of life in the late 1800’s. This steam engine was built in 1896 by Hagerstown Steam Engine & Machine Company. Questions about the steam engine are welcome, and free ears of steamed corn will be available for everyone to enjoy during Sunday Market hours from 11 AM to 3 PM.

National Farmers Market Week Celebration

Be sure to continue to support all the wonderful local farmers markets and farm stands in southwest Ohio, including the 2nd Street Market, during National Farmers Market week from August 4 – August 10, and all season long.

More than ever, we need places where people can come together. Farmers markets are designed in partnership with the people they serve, creating a space where market operators, farmers, shoppers, and neighbors can collaborate to meet the evolving needs of our communities. According to data from the USDA, Farmers who sell directly to consumers:

  • Experience lower rates of farm business failure or bankruptcy than growers who sell exclusively wholesale.
  • Are more likely to continue farming than those who do not.

Sunset at the Market: National Farmers Market Week

Join us in celebrating farmers markets by attending our next Sunset at the Market, on Thursday, August 8, 2024, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Shop a variety of vendors, including all your favorite permanent vendors, as well as enjoying food tastings & demos, workshops, pop-up vendors and musical entertainment.

  • Musician: Harmonica Neil, 6 PM – 8 PM
  • Workshop: Make a beeswax wrapped candle at Hive Products
  • Culinary Demos/Tastings – East Pavilion
  • All Evening: Melon tastings with melons raised by several of our farmers.
  • 5:45 to 6:30: How to juice for better health with Choice Juice Boxx.
  • 6:45 to 7:15: Different ways to incorporate nutrient dense microgreens into your meals with Dayton Microgreens.
  • 7:30 to 8:15: How to make mozzarella cheese with Saint Anne’s Cheese Co. and Rosebuds Real Food.
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July is Park and Recreation Month, a month-long celebration of the many ways park and recreation professionals across the country foster a sense of belonging in their community by providing welcoming and inclusive programs, essential services for all ages and abilities, and safe, accessible spaces to build meaningful connection. We feel the 2nd Street Market fits perfectly with the theme of this year’s celebration: Where You Belong.

Five Rivers MetroParks, including the staff at the Market, are dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming environment for everyone who visits. Did you know that food insecurity has continued to rise in our community post covid? According to the Map the Meal Gap data gathered by the Feeding America organization, 1 in 7 people in our area were food insecure in 2022, up from 1 in 8 in 2021. The Food Bank confirmed that this number is likely even higher today. One way the Market provides for the community is by offering food access programs, like SNAP and Produce Perks, for those among us who find themselves in need.

If you or anyone you know who is receiving SNAP benefits who wants to provide more fresh local food for their family, please let them know the Market offers the free state incentive program, Produce Perks, which provides a dollar-for-dollar match up to a $25 when they utilize their SNAP benefits at the Market. For more information, please contact the Market staff at 937-228-2088 or marketinfo@metroparks.org.


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