VANDALIA — The Vandalia Community Farmers Market has hired Tanya North to serve as the market’s manager in 2017.
North, who also works as a nutrition educator for the Ohio State University’s Montgomery County Extension Office, has already jumped into the position.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” North said. “I’ve been a regular customer at the market for the past couple of years, and I love this opportunity to become even more involved.”
North is a Vandalia native who now lives in Englewood. When she’s not working, North is an active community volunteer.
“I have a love for our community, and I truly enjoy volunteering to help those in need,” she explained. “I am obsessed with shopping local and farmer’s markets, and I love to cook, try new recipes and new foods.”
North said she believes the market’s is in good shape.
“I don’t see us making any major changes as we head into the 2017 season,” North said. “We’re keeping the same hours of operation from last year, and we’ll try to keep the most popular vendors and features in place.
The market will open at 4 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. every Friday night beginning on June 9 and running through August 25. The venue will once again be Vandalia’s Seger Park next to the Senior Citizens Center. The key components are the local farmers and food producers selling their locally grown produce.
“Having a variety of local vendors is the key to the success of the market,” North said. “Local produce and locally produced food items are the very core of the market’s mission,”
Some of the “extras” include local artisans, such as painters and jewelry makers, demonstrating their craft. Music is also a large component, with a variety of artists playing on the gazebo stage each week.
“Our goal is to provide the community with a weekly community event where residents can visit the farm vendors, enjoy dinner from the food vendors and stay to enjoy the musical entertainment,” North said.
The opening night will be sponsored by Abbey Credit Union and music will be provided by Tammy Powell. Each week will have a theme including the June 16 Pink Ribbon Girl night. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink and a contest will be held for who is “pinked out” the most.
Plans call for a monthly “Touch A Truck” display, where kids of all ages can get an up-close look at a unique vehicle such as a fire engine or police car and organizers say you can also expect three food truck rallies, where food truck vendors from across the region will be on hand offering their specialty dishes.
If you would like more information on the Vandalia Community Farmers Market, including how to become a vendor, contact Tanya North, email@example.com.