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WebSylMARKET01 Ed Farnsel adjusts produce at his family's booth for Farnsel Farms.
Ed Farnsel adjusts produce at his family's booth for Farnsel Farms.
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Published: Tuesday, 10/1/2013 - Updated: 9 months ago

Harvest ends for Market on Main in Sylvania

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Amy Black, of Sylvania, smiles as her son Joshua, 3, right, and daughter Emmaline, 7, center, help her pick out vegetables. Amy Black, of Sylvania, smiles as her son Joshua, 3, right, and daughter Emmaline, 7, center, help her pick out vegetables.
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The sun set on the first season of the Market on Main in Sylvania.

The market, hosted by the Downtown Sylvania Association, began with fresh summer fruits and berries in June and ended on Tuesday, in the early autumn, with vendors displaying a variety of the season's first pumpkins and fall squash varieties.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sun sets on first year of Market on Main

“We started with strawberries and some plants and now we’re into vegetables,” said Donna Farnsel, part owner of family-owned Farnsel Farms in Metamora.

She gave customers advice on Osage Orange Tree, believed to keep bugs away.

“The customers are very friendly and they are learning a lot about the vegetables and farmers' markets,” she said.

Although the weather was a bit chillier than when the market season began, a crowd of people milled about the Heritage Museum parking lot in downtown Sylvania, taking their pick of vegetables, cheese, organic products, and kettle corn sold by Toledo-area vendors and farmers.

“We accomplished our goal, to get more people into downtown Sylvania and to walk the downtown area,” said Jacquie Olender, secretary for the Downtown Sylvania Association. She said the association plans to continue the Tuesday market next year, and plans to increase its vendor list. This year, there was 15.

She also said that regulars attended the market, and people discovered that the vendors also sell products at other area markets, such as the Farmers’ Market in downtown Toledo.

Tiffany, left, and Jason Binkley, center left, shop for vegetables with their son Aiden, 6, center right. Tiffany, left, and Jason Binkley, center left, shop for vegetables with their son Aiden, 6, center right.
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Del Burkholder, who runs Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery with his son Seth in Wauseon, began to sell his handmade goat cheese about five weeks ago.

“Last week was my best week so far,” he said.

Shoppers, such as Sylvania resident Michael Lieber, approached his stand to get a sample of the the flavored chevre with either peppercorn, honey, garlic or pineapple.

Mr. Burkholder and other vendors, including Louis Keil & Son’s farm, which sold fruits and vegetables, said they plan to return to the market next year.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.



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