• 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.

  • 25May

    In case you haven’t already heard, the market opens this coming Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll kick off the season with live music by Galgozy/Zeleny Duo who are making the local circuit for their final year together performing folk guitar, banjo, and vocals. Music is free every week from 10 a.m. to noon, and it provides a meaningful local soundtrack to our busy market, which has become a real destination in downtown Kent.

    The cold, wet spring is definitely slowing down many of our farmers, and I’ve had more than one conversation about tractors and trucks getting stuck in the mud, but on opening day we expect to see some spring greens, and plenty of locally grown vegetable, herb, and flower starts for your home garden (some started with certified organic seeds and potting soil). We’ll have baked goods (including whole grain organic flour, gluten-free, and vegan), grassfed cheese, goat cheese, eggs, maple syrup, soap, lotion, salsa, guacamole, grain salads, bedding plants, artwork and more!

    This year, we’re thrilled to have four Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Certified Organic farms participating in the market, along with many other farmers and gardeners who offer a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and starts grown naturally without the use of herbicides or pesticides. We’re aware that it’s becoming increasingly important to citizens and consumers to know how and where their food was grown, and we’re working to make as much information available at point of sale as possible. Be sure to swing by the market’s table under the bridge to pick up a copy of our vendor map that details our dedicated farmers and producers, and the varieties of products available at the market.

    When you’re done meeting with friends and neighbors, and stocking your crisper drawers, we hope you’ll also take time to visit some of Kent’s great downtown businesses – buying local strengthens our community!

    See you on Saturday!

  • 04Dec

    3rd Annual Haymaker Indoor Holiday Market


  • 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

  • 10Jun

    This past weekend we enjoyed the drumming and unique music of Halim El-Dabh along with several folks who turned out to drum and play along.  Kent is the kind of town where people often spontaneously join in and add to the diversity of sights and sounds.  This character sets us apart from most places where people stick to themselves and stay in their cars with the tinted windows rolled up and the AC turned on high.  The farmers’ market provides a place for people to be themselves and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of their neighbors.

    Music @ the Market- Halim El-Dabh and friends play at Haymaker Farmers' Market, Saturday June 6, 2009.

    Music @ the Market- Halim El-Dabh and friends play at Haymaker Farmers' Market, Saturday June 6, 2009.

    This week we’ll be entertained by the music of local performer, Brian Henke. I’m including the press release for this event here:

    <<Brian Henke composes and performs his music like a painter putting images on canvas, drawing his inspiration from the world around him.  His unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral. Brian is the founder and promoter of “The Woodchoppers Ball” annual benefit concert for The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless held at the Kent Stage in December.

    Composer/performer Brian Henke plays at Kent's farmers' market, June 13, 2009.

    Composer/performer Brian Henke plays at Kent's farmers' market, June 13, 2009.

    “Music at the Market” performances are scheduled throughout the season and are free and open to the public. The next concert will be June 20 and will feature the duo of Peggy Coyle and Brad Bolton.

    This week the market will be offering produce from local farmers including: salad greens, radishes, strawberries, herbs, honey, maple syrup, cheese and flowers. Area bakers will be providing fresh baked breads and sweets.  As always, everything is locally grown or produced.>>

    This week’s featured farmer is Jessica Earley of Brimfield.  She and her family (Earley Farms) have been providing top notch produce grown without pesticides to our community for several years. In addition to selling at Haymaker, Jessica started the weekday Brimfield Farmers’ Market.  The Earley family has a new arrival too!  Be sure to congratulate them next Saturday.

    Jessica Earley and daughter at Haymaker Farmers' Market, June 6, 2009.

    Jessica Earley and daughter at Haymaker Farmers' Market, June 6, 2009.

    On the injured list is our own Shari Keefe of Shari’s Berries and Gardens.  I caught her dancing the jig with fellow vendor and breadmaker,  Rafael Rodriguez.  I thought she was faking it with the walker all along, anything for pity…pathetic!!

    Rafael and Shari at Haymaker Farmers' Market, June 6, 2009.

    Rafael and Shari at Haymaker Farmers' Market, June 6, 2009.

    All the best for a great summer for everyone!


  • 31May

    Opening day at Haymaker Farmers' Market, 30 May 2009.

    What a great start for what promises to be a spectacular year at Haymaker!  Richard DiRienzo of Bella Terra Farms counted an opening day record of 28 vendors today, and many of our regular produce growers are still busy coaxing their vegetable goodies up from the warm spring soils of north east Ohio.  The street front parking along Franklin Avenue was filled during most of the day while quite a few cyclists and walkers took advantage of the warm temperatures and sunny May skies to shop at the market.

    Many of our market regulars returned again this year joined by about 10 new vendors.  I saw quite a few new products as well.  I don’t ever recall seeing rhubarb or asparagus sold at Haymaker before and fresh ice cream from contented grass fed cows was offered by our own Mark Grogan who also sells a wide variety of northern Ohio cheeses.  I couldn’t pass up some of the fresh feta cheese from the Ornery Goat Farm, it was whey out!

    Guitarist Eric Oswald performs at Haymaker Farmers' Market, 30 May 2009.

    Guitarist Eric Oswald performs at Haymaker Farmers' Market, 30 May 2009.

    I’m going to have to moooove away from the dairy vendors and on to our featured musician.  Guitarist, writer and singer, Eric Oswald,  opened our 2009  Music @ the Market series with  original music as well as a few flashbacks from the 60′s and 70′s, (yes, I was there too, at least I think I remember being there…),  all played without a sheet of music or a bad chord.  Great job Rick!  Next week, percussionist and Kent State Professor Emeritus of African Ethnomusicology  Halim el-Dabh, will be keeping up the beat with original African cultural music.  Bring along your drums to join in the celebration!

    The lots were in tip top shape thanks to the hard work of our many volunteers two weekends ago as well as the generous donation of gravel from Bob Mayfield of  McKay Bricker Gallery and Framing in downtown Kent.  Bob was also on hand early this morning to help Elaine and Jerry May, Karl Liske and myself to mark off the vendor spots for the upcoming season. Thank you for all the help, the market has truly become a community effort.

    Be sure to check out the next posting on our newest amenity, the Porta-Potty, which is now ready for use and smelling “minty fresh” under and behind the Haymaker bridge!

    Cheers to everyone for a great 17th season at Haymaker!

    Fritz Seefeldt.

  • 30May
    Who's that guy using our porta-potty?   Is that a customer.....wait....no, why it's our own Carter Bailey of KC Coffee and Teas.  Love those sunglasses Carter, tres chic!

    Who is that guy? And who gave him a key to our new porta-potty? Is that a customer.....wait....no....... it's Carter Bailey of KC Coffee and Teas, checking out the facilities. Coffee's a diuretic you know. Love those sunglasses Carter, tres chic!

    It’s a new year at Haymaker and things are looking up. We now have a place right in our back yard to take care of important business.  We all voted in favor of adding a new amenity for our 2009 market and it arrived this morning bright and early while some of you were still sleeping, picking veggies, loading the truck or maybe even baking stuff for the first market.

    I called around and found the best deal at Portage Portable Toilets Inc. Check out their website for all your portable toilet needs! < http://www.portageportabletoilets.com/ > The owner, Bill Davis,  was very accommodating, put it exactly where I asked (well hidden behind the bridge),  and most important, the price was right!  They’ll clean it once a week.  If someone comes hopping up to your stand with an anguished look on their face and asks where the closest toilet is,  please let them know about our hidden treasure.

    According to one vendor, “I needed to go bad, but I had to think, geez…do I really have to go THAT bad? Then I decided to give it a try, and to my surprise, it smelled ‘minty fresh’!!”  If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is. Here’s to a great new season at Haymaker!