Portage County’s oldest producer’s only farmers’ market offers a wide variety of locally grown and produced item including: fresh fruits; vegetables; herbs; garden starts; perennials; hypertufas; jams and jellies; preserves; grassfed beef, pork, and chicken; pastured eggs; pastured cow, goat, and sheep milk cheeses; honey and honey products; maple syrup and maple products; fresh sauerkraut, baked goods including traditional, vegan and gluten free; fresh handmade pasta; dried handmade pasta; locally roasted coffee and whole beans; gourmet culinary herb blends; frozen vegan veggie filets; kettle corn; handmade soaps, lotions, and body care products; art and more!

Summer Market: Find us in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Franklin Ave. and Summit St., under the Market Mural on the Haymaker Overpass.

Saturdays, May 7, 2016 – October 29, 2016 • 9am to 1pm, rain or shine

Free live local music 10am to noon weekly, and cooking demonstrations with free samples, recipe cards, and nutrition information provided weekly by The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University.

Winter Market: Find us in Pierson Hall at the rear of United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 E. Main St., Kent.

Saturdays, November 7, 2015 – April 30, 2016 • 10am – 1pm

 

SNAP_LOGOLow On Cash?
Visit the market info table – We welcome the Ohio Direction Card as well as credit/debit cards, and offer a monthly $10 Lettuce Loot match for SNAP customers for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Visit the market info table to swipe your card in exchange for market tokens.

Stop by the Campus Kitchen table for free samples and recipe card, and excellent nutrition information!


Market Seeks Applicants for Market Manager Position

Kent’s Haymaker Farmers’ Market is seeking a new manager for its 24th season. The market’s 2nd manager and the first in a paid position Kelly Ferry announced that she will be resigning in May in order to focus her attention on her lifelong dream of owning her own locally-sourced food business.

The Haymaker Farmers’ Market, which has a summer location on Franklin Ave. under the Haymaker Parkway and a winter location at the United Methodist Church of Kent on East Main St., was founded in 1992 by Fritz Seefeldt. Seefledt served as the volunteer market manager and nurtured its growth from 4 vendors to almost 40 by 2011. The market now operates at capacity with over 45 vendors who offer year-round produce, meat, cheese, prepared foods, baked goods, and crafts.

Ferry was hired as Market Manager by the Market Board of Directors in 2011. Ferry oversaw Haymaker transitioning to a year-round market and participating in several programs that increased the market’s customer base and its connection to the community.
“I’m most proud of introducing the EBT program for Ohio Direction Card users with the help of a grant from Kent Environmental Council,” says Ferry. “The program has grown exponentially since its launch in 2011, and in 2013 we began to offer a monthly $10 match to every customer for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables with money made with a fundraising initiative.” In 2015, Ferry connected Haymaker with the other major northeast Ohio farmers’ markets in a weekly $10 Produce Perks match funded by Wholesome Wave.

Ferry also facilitated a partnership with Kent State University’s Campus Kitchen, which has an educational booth at the market. “They provide weekly nutrition information, recipes, and cooking demonstrations using market products while recruiting volunteers,” Ferry explains. “In addition, they have built relationships with our food growers to glean excess produce, which they turn into hot meals during the week for people in need.”

“Kelly has done a fantastic job promoting the market,” says Board President Lizette Royer Barton. “For many people in the community, coming to the market, shopping, talking with their food providers, discovering new foods and recipes, and listening to music is an important part of their week. A lot of work goes into making that happen as well as it does at Haymaker.”

Ferry will continue on the market board. “I see Haymaker Farmers’ Market as being the hub of the local food movement in Portage County, and there is always work needed to improve access, infrastructure, and networking,” says Ferry.

Seefeldt also serves on the board and is looking forward to working with another enthusiastic manager. “I’m proud of our market and the ways it’s grown and become a part of our community fabric,” Seefeldt says. “Now we are looking for the next person to continue nurturing our endeavor. They will be inheriting a Kent landmark and guiding it into its third decade of life.”

The deadline for applying is March 1. View the job description