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Published: Saturday, 5/11/2013

Perrysburg Farmers Market kicks off for the season with good weather

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Sisters McKenna, 7, left, and Maleah Cope, 5, center, snack on popsicles as their mother Susan, of Perrysburg, makes a purchase from a local vendor during the first day of the downtown Perrysburg Farmer's Market. Sisters McKenna, 7, left, and Maleah Cope, 5, center, snack on popsicles as their mother Susan, of Perrysburg, makes a purchase from a local vendor during the first day of the downtown Perrysburg Farmer's Market.
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About 50 vendors from all over northwest Ohio came to Perrysburg Thursday for the first farmers market of the season.

Leased dogs, strollers, hanging baskets, hot dogs, frozen drinks, flowers, and other hand made items and foods filled the sidewalks of Louisiana Avenue from 3 to 8 p.m. The farmers market will be at the same time every Thursday until Oct. 10.

The event is sponsored by the Perrysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Perrysburg.

"I love it," Dora Alonzo said sitting on a bench in the shade with kettlecorn, next to her 5-year old son Victor. "You have nice weather and nice people. It is a small town so a nice place to say hello."

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Ms. Alonzo said it is nice to see people from Victor's school. She has lived in Perrysburg for a year and said she can't get enough shopping at the markets. When the Music at the Market concert series starts in June, she said, he likes to play around and listen. 

Lorraine Rush, owner of Lorraineland, which makes glass beads and jewelry, said the Perrysburg Farmers Market is the best in Ohio. Although her business is located in downtown Toledo, she travels all over to different farmers markets.

"This is my third year in this market. It is the community that supports it and it is well established," she said. "People come out and walk around."

She said the market typically gets busier later in the summer as there are more fresh fruits and in harvest season, but with the good weather Thursday, it was busy.

"This is the most popular [farmers market] in Ohio I go to," she said. "I've been to the one in Canton, Mansfield, and the North Market in Columbus."

She also goes to several markets in Texas because she said the communities take them so seriously down there.

Jessica Howard was wearing a big hat to block the sun while trying to sell fused belt buckles and switch plates with 1500 degree Art located in Curtice. It was her first time at the Perrysburg Farmers Market.

"I'm just so happy it didn't rain," Ms. Howard said. "I think it has been really good today, and people said it would be slow before the kids got out of school [for the summer]."

Although the weather may change, the farmer's market is here for the summer. Music in the Market will start June 6.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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