• 03Nov

    This Saturday, November 5, Haymaker’s first annual Winter Farmers Market joins forces with Theodore Roosevelt High School’s 11th annual Craft Show at the high school located at 1400 N. Mantua St. (Rt. 43) in Kent.

    The market runs from 9am – noon in the auditorium atrium on the Rt. 43 side of the building, with 25 vendors selling fresh local produce including salad greens, turnips radishes, beets, winter squash, pie pumpkin, potatoes, and garlic. Also available: baked goods including artisanal breads, vegan and gluten free, pies, sweet breads, cookies, and pretzels; jams and jellies; maple syrup; honey; locally roasted coffee (hot and beans), grassfed meats, eggs, and cheese; goat cheese; chips and salsa, grain salads, hummus, soups, and more. Free parking in the circular drive in front or in the parking lots in back.

    Get a jump on holiday shopping while supporting Kent students at the craft show, which runs from 9am – 3pm in the cafeteria and gymnasium, with many new crafters, concessions, and a free kids’ area. All proceeds will support health career technologies and cosmetology student competitions. Craft show admission is $1 at cafeteria doors, or at the end of hallway between auditorium and cafeteria. For more information about the market, contact manager Kelly Ferry at haymakermarket@gmail.com. For more information about the craft fair, contact Sandi or Patti at 330.676.8776.

  • 02Mar

    This past week the farmers’ market board of directors met to set a strategy for transitioning the market management from volunteer to a paid position. Market volunteer manager and founder Fritz Seefeldt is stepping down and applications will be accepted for the position.

    meeting minutes 2/26/2011



    After 18 years at the Haymaker Farmers’ Market, founder Fritz Seefeldt has decided to step down as the volunteer manager. “I am committed to the long term success of the market and look forward to continuing to serve in an advisory role and on the market board of directors.  The market has been an integral part of our lives for so many years and I see this transition as something healthy for the market and for the Kent community.” said Seefeldt, who has brought the market to its current success after co-founding it with his wife Jo Anne and architect Rick Hawksley. The market on the corner of Summit St. and Franklin Ave. is one of the longest-running farmers’ markets in NE Ohio.

    Customers and vendors alike have enjoyed Seefeldt’s easy-going approach, which made the market a Saturday morning mainstay of healthy shopping and entertainment. The board of directors of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market, an incorporated non-profit organization, will be searching for a replacement to take over the reigns for the 2011 market season, which starts May 28.

    “We’ve got big shoes to fill,” said board member Cary James. “The comfortable ambiance of the market has been developed by a lot of hard work on Fritz’ part.” Other members of the board agree that some attributes will be easy to find in applicants, like having a car, or the ability to lift 40-lb umbrella stands. Other things can be learned, such as agricultural and health regulations, and writing grant applications. “But we’ll also need to find someone with good organizational skills, an interest in the market and Kent, and the ability to enforce our rules to keep market harmony,” continued James. “We’d hate to lose the great atmosphere.”

    Applications for the Market Manager position will be accepted by the board until March 15.

    More information is available on the Haymaker Farmers’ Market website, www.haymakermarket.com or the HFM’s facebook page.

    for a copy of the market manager job description, please follow this link.

    Send resume and cover letter to Kristen Pool, 9519 Nichols Rd., Windham, OH 44288 or blackdogacres@gmail.com by 3/15.

  • 13Dec

    We had a great customer turnout this past Saturday seeing many familiar friends and quite a few new faces as well! Our 36 vendors enjoyed a steady stream of happy market goers for the 5 hours that we were open for our winter reprise of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market.  We heard the music of Halim el Dabh, Brian Henke and the Celtic Clan from the U.U. Church in Kent.  Next week Music @ the Market will present Peggy Coyle and Brad Bolton, the duo of Galgozy and Zeleny and Jon Mosey will bring it home for our last performance of the 2010 market season. We look forward to seeing everyone next weekend. I want to wish everyone a happy holiday and healthy and prosperous New Year.


    Haymaker Holiday Market 11 December 2020

    Brian Henke plays at Holiday Market 11 December 2010

    The Celtic Clan 11 December 2010.

  • 26Aug

    This Saturday, August 28, we’re launching our new program for children — Haymaker Market Blossoms — offering activities for kids from 10am – 12pm during five markets this season. This week’s activity is hosted by Sustainability for Educators and the Environment (SEE), a local non-profit that is helping area K-12 students achieve their zero waste school goals. Look for the SEE table under the bridge where kids will get to make SEEd bombs with flower seeds, compost and clay.

    Haymaker Market Blossoms Schedule (10am-12pm under the bridge)
    August 28 – SEE, SEEd bombs
    September 4 – KSU Child Development Center/CFC, Cooking with kids
    September 11 – SEE, 60 Second Newspaper Hats
    September 25 – Holden School Garden Project – activity TBA
    October 30 – KSU Child Development Center/CFC, Cooking with kids

    If you or your organization would like more information about sponsoring an activity for children at the market, please contact Kelly Ferry at haymakermarket@gmail.com.

    Also on the 28th, a group of local artists, led by Cheril Walker of UpcycledDenim, will sell handmade shopping bags that are works of art made from repurposed denim. Bags cost $15 and all proceeds will benefit Kent Social Services.

    This week’s musical act in the ongoing Music at the Market series is Vagrant Revival, a folk rock group, performing from 10am-12pm under the bridge. OSU County Extension will also be on hand to answer food safety and home canning questions.

    We hope to see you there!

    —Kelly Ferry

  • 27Jul

    Haymaker Farmers’ Market
    Franklin Ave.
    Kent, Ohio

    The Ohio Arts Council has awarded its Arts Access grant to the Haymaker Farmers’ Market in Kent Ohio. The grant will help to fund the Market Mural Project to be completed over the next several months at the market site on Franklin Avenue. The Ohio Department of Transportation has approved the project subject to liability waivers from the City of Kent to the State of Ohio regarding future mural maintenance.
    The project has been spearheaded by market director Fritz Seefeldt and will utilize the artistic vision of Kent artist and KSU graduate Elaine Hullihen. The mural will be completed by members of the community, art  students and vendors from the farmers’ market. The completed artwork will be painted on the columns and lintels under the Haymaker viaduct (Edmond Greer Bridge) as it passes over the market site. Scenes of the market and of Kent’s unique history will be featured throughout the work.

    Projected market mural- Haymaker Farmers' Market

    The Kent market is in the midst of its 18th year having begun in 1992 making it the first public farmers’ market in the area. 2010 marks a record year both in terms of diversity and number of vendors as well as in attendance by the public. According to the market manager,  the Music @ the Market series spotlighting local musicians and the now completed market bench project have contributed to market growth in recent years. The music series has been partially funded through the city of Kent’s Celebrate Kent! grant.

    Fritz Seefeldt


  • 28Jun

    This last week brought us the season’s first red tomatoes from Bernie Chaykowski of Mantua Ohio. Bernie  also brought along a wide variety of early season crops along with quite a few green tomatoes too.  He said that there is a growing (pardon the pun) market for the green ones as people learn the joys of cooking and eating them.

    Rafael Rodriguez at Haymaker 26 June 2010

    Most of our vendors sold out early or were left with only scraps on their tables by market’s end at 1:00 this past Saturday.  Rafael, still grinning about Spain’s 2-0 win over Chile in the World Cup this past week was able to find lucky homes for his wonderful breads before noon.  He said that he didn’t understand why it took so long this week, he is usually done by shortly after 11 am.  I reminded him that  pride goeth before a fall, and how easily the long-shot Swiss had managed a 1-nil win over Spain early in the series.  The Segovian quietly looked down at the ground and predicted that this wouldn’t be reoccurring anytime soon. Viva España!!  ~Congratulations Spain! World Cup 2010!!!!~

    Some of you may have seen me climbing the light pole this past Saturday. No this wasn’t a publicity stunt for the papers, I was just plugging in the power for this weeks Music @ the Market performer, Byron Walker. Byron entertained the market for close to 3 hours. I only schedule the musicians for the 10 am to noon time slot to avoid the heat of the day, but in Byron’s wife’s words, “Once he gets going, it’s tough to get him to knock it off!”.  We all laughed and Byron continued to entertain us all. great job, and thank you for your playing.  This next week, July 3rd, the Kent Shindig All-Stars will return to Haymaker in a big way. The band led by Kent’s own David Badagnani will feature 11 musicians this year. Please don’t miss it as the market joins in the Heritage Festival/July 4th festivities!

    Byron Walker plays at Haymaker June 26 2010

    Byron Walker plays at Haymaker June 26 2010

  • 18May

    Haymaker Farmers' Market 2009

    The Kent Haymaker Farmers’ Market will begin its 2010 season Saturday May 29th with hours 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. This year marks the 18th year for the downtown market and promises to be even larger than last year’s record-breaking season.  Over 40 vendors will be on hand providing a diverse offering of locally grown produce, flowers, plants, cheeses, canned preserves, meats, mushrooms, honey, maple syrup, baked goods and ready to eat prepared foods. The popular Music @ the Market series will return this year to host a wide variety of homegrown music as well. Performances are made possible in part through a Celebrate Kent! grant provided by the city of Kent. Musicians will perform from 10 am until noon each Saturday under the Haymaker overpass at the market site along Franklin Avenue. All performances are free, open to the public and suitable for all ages.  For more information about the market or market activities, contact market manager Fritz Seefeldt at 330-678-5748, email at kentmarket@neo.rr.com .

  • 12Apr

    Andrea Bussinger and friends play at 2009 Music @ the Market

    Music @ the Market will reprise with a full lineup of homegrown music performances. Sponsored in part through a Celebrate Kent! grant, the market will be hosting 23 performances during the 2010 music series. Local musicians perform each and every Saturday, 10 am until 12 noon,free of charge to the public.
    May 29 May Andrews- folk guitar and vocals.
    June 5 Halim El-Dabh African drumming and keyboard.
    June 12 Hal Walker folk guitar, vocals, harmonica, banakula, ocarina and khaen.
    June 19 Don Hindenach folk guitar and vocals.
    June 26 Byron Walker blues guitar and vocals.
    July 3 Kent Shindig All Stars old-time string band, folk songs and Civil War tunes.

    Bob Glenn, fiddle
    David Badagnani, fiddle
    John Truitt, banjo
    Jim Warren, mandolin and double bass
    Rick Feinberg, guitar and banjo
    Bob Crane, guitar
    Jim Miller, wooden flute and whistle
    Jim Francis, lap dulcimer
    Bev Klimp, lap dulcimer
    Marilyn Phillips Garver, double bass
    Ed Wheeler, percussion

    July 10 Brad Bolton and Peggy Coyle swing guitar and vocals.
    July 17 Ashley Brooke Toussant folk vocals and instrumental.
    July 24 Brian Henke guitar instrumentalist, composer, founder of the “Woodchopper’s Ball”.
    July 31 Galgozy and Zeleny Duo eclectic folk guitar/vocals duo.
    August 7 Lisa and Heather Malyuk, fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer and vocals.
    August 14 Jim Gill- guitar and vocals.
    August 21 Bluestones- jazz and blues ensemble.
    August 28 Vagrant Revival-folk rock group.
    September 4 Jon Mosey-blues/folk guitar.
    September 11 Aidan Bailey Williams-folk indie acoustic.
    September 18 Tom Gwilt- classical guitar
    September 25 Adreanne Zeleny-blues rock composer guitarist and vocalist.
    October 2 Brian Henke- guitar instrumentalist, composer
    October 9 Wilbur Krebs- Caribbean sounds, steel drums.
    October 16 Guy Pernetti- folk blues composer, vocalist, guitarist.
    October 23 Kathy Johnson- guitar and vocals, blues, old country acoustic music.
    October 30 Don King guitar.

  • 03Apr


    We hope to see everyone for Haymaker Farmers’ Market opening day. This will be our 18th year and it promises to be better than ever with exciting projects and events planned all season.

    Stay tuned!


  • 29Mar


    HFM annual spring meeting took place Saturday March 27th at Kent Free Library. The board of directors passed along decisions which were then formally voted on by the general membership. A new board of directors was elected and opening date and fee structure were approved.  For more information click on the link for a Word document transcript of the meeting minutes.

    Fritz Seefeldt.

    2010 spring meeting minutes