November 25, 2014

Medina
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Healthy shopping at farmers market

Dan Cossel, of Cossel Farms in North Royalton, bags vegetables for a customer Friday morning during the annual one-day farmers market in the parking lot of the Medina County Health Department. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Dan Cossel, of Cossel Farms in North Royalton, bags vegetables for a customer Friday morning during the annual one-day farmers market in the parking lot of the Medina County Health Department. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA TWP. — The parking lot of the Medina County Health Department was stocked with tables of fresh fruits and vegetables Friday.

The annual one-day farmers market and health fair was open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“It seemed a lot busier than last year,” said Joyce Smith of the Village Smithy Farm in Homer Township.

Smith, who attends the market every year, was selling a variety of vegetables, cartons of blueberries and several cans of jam. Her farm was one of three with products at the market. The others were Richardson Farms in Lafayette Township and Cossel Farm in North Royalton.

Also participating were Health Department dieticians, educators and nurses, who provided information on healthy eating.

“It was really busy early this morning,” Lynee Bixler, community relations specialist for the Health Department, said.

Bixler said the annual market initially was started to reach out to the department’s Women, Infants and Children Division.

“We’ve had such a good response that we decided to open it up to the public,” she said.

The event included games and activities for children put on by Five Star Gymnastics, Brunswick, and the Medina County Library’s Bookmobile.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.