Because of the success of this year's indoor Farmers' Market it will continue—throughout the colder months—inside Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center.
"Our decision to have an indoor market is completely vendor driven," says Leigh Gorman, manger of the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market. "This is a definite sign of success for our community. I would have never dreamed that we would've created enough business, after one year in our new location, to drive an indoor market. This is a huge sign of success and proof of what I already knew, and why I wanted to get our market revitalized to begin with. I knew that our community could support a thriving, weekly, local food market, that would bring fresher, quality foods and ingredients to our neighborhood."
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Vendors will be set up in the Coffee House / Bourbon & Wine Bar area, in addition to open spaces around the Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center service desk. (To view a virtual tour of the Center, click here.) "We plan on having Happy Hour specials and food specials each week," says Rob Robinson, owner of Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center. Robinson says they plan to use as much local flavor as possible in their food specials, including Blue Oven Bakery breads.
Blue Oven Bakery, Crigger Farm honey, Harmony Acres jams and jellies, Rock the Ladle soup and StoneBrook Winery have committed to the Winter Market. And Little Green Pastures Farm, Diamond Ridge Farm and Breezy Acres Farm have committed to providing local eggs, meats, cheeses, and limited fruits and vegetables, while supplies last, to the Winter Market. "We are fairly certain that Bouchard's pasta will be joining us, but we're still looking for solid confirmation," Gorman says.
"I believe the success of this year's Farmers' Market exceeded everyone's expectations," Robinson says. "Many of the farmers and vendors said that this was their most successful market other than the Saturday markets they sell at. Special thanks to Leigh [Gorman], Kim [Rechtin], Patti [Steinman], Lori [Greis] and of course Debbie [Buckely] for their energy, efforts and for just being fun. The farmers, vendors, volunteers, musicians and staff at the Center actually grew into this wonderful extended family this summer. It has been just an incredible experience for all of us and I believe the community as well."
Gorman echoes Robinson's sentiments. "This deserves a big thank you to our faithful customers, Debbie Buckley from our city, and our hardworking volunteers, Kim Rechtin, Nancy Meyers, Patti Steinman and Lori Greis," she says. "I also need to thank our local businesses that have donated their time and resources throughout the summer to support this market. A huge thanks to Rob Robinson of Fort Thomas Antiques and Design Center. He has been an integral part of the market's success. We truly appreciate partnering with him. We also want to thank the other businesses that have supported our efforts. Thanks to Maxwell Jump, Grace Fellowship Church, Natural Start Preschool, Campbell County YMCA, Summit Martial Arts, Mint Yoga Studio, Barre3, Ridge Hill Soap Company, Colonel De, Pet Wants, ProScan Imaging, Campbell County Cooperative Extension, Misty Ridge Farm, and our local fire department for their contribution of resources and time in our Outdoor Market."
Gorman says if folks want to volunteer at the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market, or be involved with the Kids Zone—offering education and sponsoring crafts—email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are hopeful that we can continue to grow our market, getting more families in Fort Thomas and surrounding communities to shop local, so we can offer an even wider selection next season," Gorman says.