2nd Street Outdoor Season Kick Off June 1
The 2nd Street Market
will host its season kick off the first weekend in June, featuring summer staples such as the outdoor farmers market and the return of Sunday hours.
“Sunday hours were such a success last season that we have decided to extend this program even further into the year,” said Market Manager Jimmy Harless. “We always strive to address the needs of the community, whether it’s extending hours or hosting vendors who accept SNAP benefits.”
The summer kick-off weekend at the Market—located at 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton— includes:
- First Friday: Friday, June 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Market will be open during regular hours, and then in the evening for First Friday festivities. Market vendors will be open, and Festival Fresh kettle corn will made on site, in addition to live music and more. As part of First Friday, the Market will also serve as a challenge location on the Great Dayton Adventure Race
- Season opening of the Outdoor Farmers Market: Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Market visitors can enjoy even more fresh produce from local growers starting Saturday, June 2. Six vendors will be located just outside the Market on Saturdays through the fall harvest season, which typically lasts until early October.
The outdoor vendors that will be at the Market are:
- Corner Hill Farms
- Frieszell Liberty Garden
- Garber Farm
- Gypsy Chick Farm
- Mile Creek Farm
- Harry’s Old Country Orchard
In addition to the outdoor farmers market, vendors will offer a variety of fresh produce, prepared foods, artisan gifts, flowers and more each Saturday.
- Kick off of Sundays at the Market: Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Expanding on a pilot that launched during summer 2017, the 2nd Street Market will welcome Sunday hours again this year. The kick-off of Sundays at the Market will include live music, shopping and a chance to milk a live dairy cow in celebration of National Dairy Month.
Market patrons will enjoy more than 40 vendors Many of the regular Saturday vendors will be open during First Friday and on Sundays, offering delicious prepared food, fresh produce, artisan goods and more each Sunday. Extending even further into the year, Sunday hours will now run through the holiday season, ending Dec. 31.
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. Additionally, Produce Perks will also be available throughout the year. 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 $20 per visit) — double last year’s matching amount.
“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 hours and participating in programs such as Produce Perks, we are able to broaden accessibility to fresh food which is important to community health and wellness.”
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 10 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.