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Hey Fort Thomas, your farmers market is about to get a whole lot better!
For the past several years local farmers and artisans have been bringing delicious home-grown and made products to us in the Midway District of town.
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This year, the market will be relocated to the parking lot outside of Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center at 90 Alexandria Pike; and it will be an experience.
Like other farmers markets across the country, ours will now offer local live entertainment, food trucks and activities for the entire family. While maintaining the integrity of local producer based markets, the day will provide a social event for everyone to enjoy!
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Committee Chair Leigh Gorman said the committee has made it possible to make changes in hopes to add value to the market and to be a blessing to the Fort Thomas community.
She said the new venue is a “great location because Rob Robinson, owner of Fort Thomas Antique & Design Center is great to work with because he is an advocate of farmers markets and uses local produce in his restaurant.”
Robinson said, “This year's Farmers Market will be transformative. It will truly become a community-wide event.
With Leigh's ideas, the ease of access, the parking, the ability to make multiple trips to your vehicle, and our happy hour specials, it will create a very festival-like environment. The Fort Thomas Corvette Club is even planning on doing a cruise-in a few times during the summer months. It makes so much sense.”
He said the old venue limited growth of the market with the lack of space and parking. He wants to support the farmers for their time and effort.
“We all want this to be successful,” he said.
“We have 144-feet of covered sidewalk that will be shaded at that time of the evening. We are going to have tables out with umbrellas and will block off a section of the parking lot that will be pedestrian traffic only and really create a nice, safe, family-friendly environment where people can come hang out, have a glass of wine or craft beer, get a gourmet hot dog, some barbeque or a Highlander burger and just relax.”
Robinson is currently working on a farm to table menu at the Highlander Coffee House, using the local produce from the market farmers for the summer. He also will be ordering weekly from Blue Oven Bakery to sell there.
The new location offers more space for more vendors, entertainment, parking, and family-geared educational activities they have planned such as cooking and grilling demos; education from the Campbell County Extension office on composting and container gardening; live animal education; and Fort Thomas Fire Department's Touch-a-Truck.
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Vendors expected to return this season are Pop's Produce, Breezy Acres Farm, Stonebrook Winery, Neltner's Farm, Lobenstein Farm, and Vogel Farm.
New expected vendors include Blue Oven Bakery, Lovel Bruce Baked Goods, Harmony Acres Farm, Ridge Hill Soap Company, Backyard Orchard, Rock the Ladle Homemade Soups, Butcher Betties Meats & Sweets, Gourmet to the Soul, LLC, S.K.Y Farm from Maysville with fresh cut flowers and unusual produce and herbs, and Crigger Farm which features honey and creamed honey products.
Food trucks to look for are Highlander Coffee House, Chicago Don's Hot Dawgs, Marty's Waffles, Bello's Bike Pops, Fireside Pizza, Texas Joe Tex Mex, and Bones Brothers Wings.
Sharon Wright of Breezy Acres Farm has been with the market since it started and is looking forward to the venue change.
“People really enjoy the music at other markets,” Wright said. “The parking and everything is going to be great for people to get up to us during crowds. I think it's going to be real exciting.”
She added that that there will be lots of new choices and is excited about Blue Oven Bakery, a Fort Thomas favorite among the new vendors selling lots of new and different products.
Beginning on June 1st and each following Wednesday until October 26, the market will open at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
If you are interested in being a volunteer or a vendor, please contact Leigh Gorman at email@example.com. For live entertainment bookings, you can contact Rich Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, follow Fort Thomas Farmers Market on Facebook.