December 22, 2014

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New farmers market could sprout along I-71

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — Area farmers may soon have another venue to sell produce through an ongoing effort by the Ohio Farm Bureau and state agriculture and transportation departments.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a location for a farmers market this summer at the rest stop between Medina and Brunswick on Interstate 71 north, said Christine Myers, a spokeswoman for ODOT’s District 3. Other potential locations for rest-stop farmers markets in Ohio include Licking County and the Findlay area, she said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has approved the rest stop off of Interstate 71 north in Brunswick Hills as a potential site for a new farmers market. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY VINCENT D. SCEBBI)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has approved the rest stop off of Interstate 71 north in Brunswick Hills as a potential site for a new farmers market. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY VINCENT D. SCEBBI)

Despite the approval, the idea appears to be at a standstill until interest among farmers and vendors picks up, said Andy Ware, director of communications for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

“It’s a pilot project, and we’re still seeing about the level of interest among the farmers,” Ware said. “We hope to start up at some point this summer.”

Sandy Kuhn, director of commodity relations for the Ohio Farm Bureau, agreed.

“We’re still in the planning phase, and there have been only a couple respondents so far,” she said.

If interest in the rest-stop farmers market does not improve soon, Kuhn said the idea might have to wait until summer 2012.

County Commissioner Pat Geissman mentioned a farmers market at the I-71 rest stop during Monday’s commissioners meeting.

She said if the plan moves ahead, the market would be open Sundays.

Farmers and vendors interested in participating can contact Kuhn at (614) 246-8249.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.