Periodically here on the blog I try to give a friendly shout out to my favorite farmer’s market — the Haymaker Farmer’s Market — so here I go again.
The market may be closed for the season but the folks that run it are always hard at work making plans to make it better.
There’s a team of staff from my office and other departments that are working closely with representatives from the Haymaker’s Farmer Market, KSU, and a local aquaponics group, to apply for a grant to expand the farmer’s market, increase advertising and marketing of the market, and better integrate the local food with local restaurants here in Kent.
It’s an ambitious effort but we’re convinced that with everything that’s happening downtown now is the time to go after funds to elevate the market to the next level with the ultimate goal of eventually finding a location to host the market year round.
One of the models that we’re using is an organization called LocalRoots in Wooster Ohio (http://localrootswooster.com/ ). Our grant request will go to Council for discussion in the next couple of months but I wanted to give a little preview of the effort.
Also, it appears that the farmer’s market is closing in on the fund raising goal to pay for the mural that was proposed for underneath the Haymaker Parkway; you can refer to this link for further information on their fund raising and to make your own contribution to a great cause. http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f1036a317185939ad45f415d8&id=4bbb8a42ce&e=1d2be891cf