Local Roots Market and Cafe to host May Market event

Local Roots Market and Cafe to host May Market event
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The Farmers’ Market Sneak Peek will take place in the parking lot south of Local Roots from 8 a.m. to noon and will feature more than a dozen vendors who are regulars at the downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market and some new vendors just for the day.

                        

Local Roots Market and Cafe will host a May Market on May 11 with kids’ activities, breakfast and lunch from local chefs, gifts for Mother’s Day and graduation, and a special preview of the downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is intended to celebrate the beginning of the growing season; welcome farmers back to Local Roots and the farmers’ market after winter; offer the community a place to eat and shop locally on a busy weekend in Wooster; and raise funds for Local Roots to continue to serve small farms and provide healthy, local food to the community.

The Farmers’ Market Sneak Peek will take place in the parking lot south of Local Roots from 8 a.m. to noon and will feature more than a dozen vendors who are regulars at the downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market and some new vendors just for the day.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to get a preview of the farmers’ market and say ‘hi’ to the vendors they haven’t seen since the market closed last fall,” said Mary Gnizak, farmer and owner of Adonai Acres.

Gnizak manages the farmers’ market in conjunction with Main Street Wooster. The Downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market opens officially for the season in its permanent location on Market Street, south of Liberty Street, as well as in the southwest and southeast parking quadrants on May 18.

Live music will take place throughout the day and will feature Celtic harpist Rachel Clemente; guitarist Peter Boyer, who also is a farmer at Local Roots; and Susan English, Local Roots board member, on accordion.

Visitors also should plan to come hungry and have breakfast and lunch from the Local Roots Cafe Kitchen.

Breakfast will be served by Wootown Bagels, a locally based business that operates out of the Local Roots Commercial Kitchen. They will feature a variety of breakfast bagel sandwiches.

Lunch will be served by Umami Bites, a traveling food trailer based in Wooster, and will be inspired by their travels throughout Asia. Additionally Boo Bears Brew will serve specialty coffee drinks throughout the day.

Since it’s the day before Mother’s Day, children will be able to create cards and bouquets for their special caregivers with flower farmer and artist Karen Geiser, who will bring flowers grown on her farm in Kidron and will assist in making bunches for purchase.

The artisan room at Local Roots will be full of gifts for moms and graduates such as jewelry, pottery and more, and flowers will be available for purchase inside Local Roots and outside at the farmers’ market.

Mohican Gardens from Loudonville will bring a trailer full of hanging baskets and offer discounts for the event. Owner Keith Cornelius said, “Many people naturally think ‘flowers’ as a gift for mom, and we’re happy to be part of the event. It’s great that there is a place like Local Roots where you can shop for gifts and support so many local businesses all at once.”

Local Roots’ mission is to establish a year-round marketplace for the purpose of connecting consumers and producers of locally grown foods and other agricultural products. Its goals are to encourage healthy eating, expand local economic development, and promote community involvement and sustainable living.


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