With a new location on East Second Street, the Salem Farmer's Market is looking for more vendors, according to Renee Barley of Barley Orchards in Minerva.
The market will move to the municipal parking lot behind the Salem News this May when it begins selling fresh farm goods and seasonal produce. The area provides more space for parking. Barley was a vendor for four years when the market was located in the 500 block of East State St.
"The first thing we want to do is get a lot more vendors," she said. Visibility on East State Street was no problem. But parking on the street or nearby was. She said they eventually wound up with four vendors last year including produce and fruit vendors, a pie vendor and salsa vendor. The salsa vendor is from Alliance, Barley's Orchard sells fresh fruit and NewMe's pies from New Waterford has been a regular vendor.
"We welcome anyone who'd like to come and we want to start May 10, the Saturday before Mother's Day," she said. "We want to start selling hanging baskets, and I'm working on some other things. There is no charge for people to set up and they can bring their own setups, canopies and tables. Whatever they want."
The city has been very receptive, she said, adding the market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
"People can leave when they want." Barley said. "They don't have to stay until 3 p.m. We really need baked goods, crafts and a whole variety. We'd like to provide the city with a whole variety of things. We're trying to do something good for the city."
Anyone interested in selling at the Farmer's Market can contact Barley at firstname.lastname@example.org.