One of the things that I really like about Kent is the way it exists on the edge of things. We could apply that label literally to include all the haircuts and clothing styles prominently displayed by students of the fashion design school or we could use it to refer to the tatoo parlors and muscle cars that are favorites of Kent’s biker crowd. Either way, Kent is — and always has been — a lifestyle choice. People choose to live in Kent because it’s got room for everybody. If you like living a outside the lines then Kent is your kind of place. Where some communities seek depth within a narrow range of life styles, Kent goes wide, celebrating the edges of convention. Sorry for the rambling tangent, the edge that I wanted to mention today was the Kent boundary between city and country living where you’ll find a great farmer’s market that’s starting up for the summer this weekend.
As a relative newcomer to Kent I still get asked by my out of state friends where Kent is located and what it’s like. I always talk about being home to Kent State University but I also tell them that we’re on eastern-edge of the Akron Metropolitan area and the western-edge of rolling agricultural fields. That pretty much puts us in a place where we can enjoy the best of both worlds.
If you like city living and urban amenties, we got’em — or if you prefer an easier pace of life with lots of green trees and blue sky, we got that too. I think the Osmonds had Kent in mind when they used to sing about being a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. I favor bite size little bits of everything which is why I’m happy to call Kent home.
(In terms that only well read business majors can appreciate Kent is where the country and city mouse moved their cheese.)
Which gets me back to the point of this blog post — the farmer’s market. There’s probably no better example of Kent’s version of east meets west than in the farmer’s market with its locally grown farm fresh produce, flowers and baked goods. This volunteer group does a terrific job of setting up shop each Saturday morning at (of course) the edge of downtown Kent so that all of us city slickers can enjoy the tastes of summer the old fashioned way.
Here’s more information from the farmer’s market volunteers:
The market is located on the north-west corner of Summit and Franklin Sts. in downtown Kent.
Market hours are Saturdays 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Our season runs from mid June ending on the last weekend Of October.
Plenty of free, on-street diagonal parking available.
Local farmers and bakers bring you north-east Ohio’s finest products.
Haymaker Farmers’ Market was established in 1992 by co-founders Fritz Seefeldt and Rick Hawksley. The market is cooperatively run by the farmers and the volunteer manager. We began our first season with six farmers from Portage County and soon realized that this was something that had been long overdue for our city. We have joined with Standing Rock Cultural Arts to better serve the Kent community. Look for “Arts at the Market” this upcoming season!
to provide fresh, high quality, locally grown produce for our Kent community.
promote increased business in and expanded use of our central business district.
provide a new retail venue for area farmers and bakers.
promote agricultural land uses in Portage County.
provide a direct link between consumers and food providers.
Contact: Fritz Seefeldt HFM manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-678-5748.