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New for summer 2017, the 2nd Street Market—located at 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton—will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, June 4 through August 27
Sunday offerings from more than 30 vendors include fresh, local produce, prepared food, hand-crafted goods, artisan fare and more. Additionally, three local farmers will offer fresh produce just outside the Market.
“The community asked for Sunday hours and we listened,” said 2nd Street Market manager, Jimmy Harless. “We have a lot of exciting offerings during the summer, so it’s the perfect time to expand our weekend hours.”
Also beginning the first weekend of June, additional vendors will set up shop outside the 2nd Street Market. Six farmers will join the more than 50 year-round indoor vendors to provide shoppers with even more options to purchase locally grown food. Beginning June 3, the outdoor farmers market will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the fall harvest season, which typically lasts until early October.
The outdoor vendors that will be at the Market are:
In an effort to make fresh, local food more accessible to the public, nearly 30 Market vendors now accept SNAP tokens thanks to a partnership with Homefull, a nonprofit working to end homelessness. Also new this summer, Produce Perks will be available beginning June 3. An incentive program for those who use an Ohio Direction Card (SNAP) to purchase produce, Produce Perks provides a dollar-for-dollar match to every dollar spent (up to $10 per visit).
“The 2nd Street Market helps Five Rivers MetroParks serve as the region’s conservation leader by providing our community convenient access to local food, which is less taxing on the environment and often healthier,” Harless said. “By welcoming additional summer vendors, expanding our hours and participating in programs such as Produce Perks, we are able to broaden accessibility to fresh food and provide our customers with shopping experiences that best fit their busy schedules.”
In addition to Sunday hours, the Market is open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 2nd Street Market is home to ten prepared food vendors offering breakfast and lunch items, as well as vendors offering such kitchen staples as bread, milk, cheese, meats, oils, flour and a large selection of hand-crafted gifts. Learn more about the 2nd Street Market at metroparks.org/localfood.
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).