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Revamped Farmers Market to Offer Massages, Maple Syrup and More

The market, now hosted by the city of Cuyahoga Falls, is seeing some changes this year

Ever think you'd get a massage at your nearby farmers market?

Or pick up some local maple syrup? 

That will be a reality this year as the city of Cuyahoga Falls takes over the market. The city's now gathering vendors who sell all sorts of goods — from produce to sweets and soy-based candles.

"We're also trying to get someone that has eggs and meat because this year we're moving it to the Quirk Center," said Chrystan Richardson, recreation program coordinator. "We have access to electricity so we can have a generator. We can offer more in the meats and the cheeses and the eggs, so I think that's something that will be a big change from last year."

Another perk to having electricity? One vendor is able to do knife-sharpening on site.

That vendor also sells maple syrup. Plus, Tubbs Chiropractic, a Cuyahoga Falls practice, will offer massages.

"I'm looking to really get a lot more vendors and a lot more diverse selection of products to offer, and just make it bigger and better," Richardson said, adding last year's market had about 18 vendors and they're hoping for somewhere around 30 this year.

Interested in becoming a farmers market vendor? Contact the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Office at 330-971-8225 or email Richardson at richardsoncl@cityofcf.com for more information.

You can also find a vendor application on the city's website.

Last year's market took place at the parking lot at 3rd Street and Oakwood Drive, but this year it'll switch to the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave.

The 2013 season runs each Friday from June 14 through Oct. 4, opening at 2 p.m. and closing at 5:30 p.m. each day. Richardson said the market opens a little earlier this year to catch those who might be getting out of work early on Fridays.

"We're hoping they'll come hit the market on their way home for the weekend," she said.

Jami Smith March 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I wish it was open just a little later for those of us who don't get out early on Fridays. This will be a tight squeeze to get over there but I'd love to try and make it each week!
Scott Gatrell March 19, 2013 at 01:08 PM
I love real maple syrup!
ES March 19, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Then don't go "o". Tired of complainers. Anyway, they might find the hours could affect business. Open later or even Saturday or Sunday if available would really open the opportunity for more people to attend.
Jeff March 19, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Soooo... Make it further away, and close an hour earlier? I get the new location, but also closing it an hour earlier is sure to do what happens when a government takes over most public operations. They will kill it. I like the idea of it being indoors, so it will be open when weather is inclement and items that can't get hot can be sold. But keep it open the same hours or extend hours/days. What bureaucratic idiot thought 5:30 was a good time to close?! Must be someone that doesn't work or trying to squeeze and extra penny out of the deal. I predict if the hours and location stay as stated, the Farmer's Market will lose the viability to exist. Way to go.
Sara March 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I really like to visit the market but its hard when you usually work till 6:30 on Fridays. Having extra hours on Friday or Saturday afternoons would be great.

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