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Published: Friday, 7/19/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Summer turns up the heat at Farmers Market

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Cindy Bench of Bench Farms bags corn for a customer during the Farmers Market. Cindy Bench of Bench Farms bags corn for a customer during the Farmers Market.
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Jacquie Olender of Heaven's Gate Soy Candle's stood under her tent at the Perrysburg Farmers Market Thursday as her candles melted in the heat.

She said it would be fine once they cooled down, but the weather was not good for display.

"I didn't bring my full display of candles because I knew they would melt," she said. "Soy melts at 113 degrees."

While tiny puddles formed near the wicks of her candles, she said traffic was slower because people would rather stay inside, but the loyal customers who turn out every week still make market day a good day.

Greg Rufty, managing partner of Extra Virgin catering company of Perrysburg, said while the heat did made business slower, it didn't bother them.

"We work in a kitchen, we're used to it," he said when asked about how he and his staff dealt with the heat.

Down the street, on the west side of Lousiana Avenue just north of Second Street, Lori Vincent took refuge in a shady spot. She said her bake shop, Oven to Earth, never saw as much traffic and had to get a sunscreen in its first two years at the market on the other side of the street.

Toledo resident Linda Barrow of Barrow and Sons waits for customers in her tent full of hanging flower baskets during the Farmers Market Thursday in downtown Perrysburg. Toledo resident Linda Barrow of Barrow and Sons waits for customers in her tent full of hanging flower baskets during the Farmers Market Thursday in downtown Perrysburg.
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"People say we must be new to the market, and we say 'No, this is our third year,' " she said. "Because of the shade and it is cooler, people just don't go on [the east] side of the street. I don't know why."

Ms. Vincent had to shield her cookies in ice packs, freeze the baked goods that would be out for hours before putting them on display, and not having icing displays because of the heat Thursday. 

The Music at the Market weekly concert, usually held on the Commodore Schoolyard corner, was moved indoors.

Gary Ackermen, of Ackerman Berry Farm, offered raspberry lemonade to thirsty costumers. But even that business was slower because of the heat, he said, because drinks sell in any weather and there just weren't as many customers.

"In Sylvania on Tuesday it was still great even with the heat because we were in the shade," Ms. Olender said. "We'll really see the difference at 6 p.m. when it is usually highest in traffic. Perrysburg is the premier farmers market in the area."

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


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