Herald Staff Writer
The city has officially cleared the way for the farmer’s market.
Formerly the Anna Dean Farmers Market, the Barberton Farmers Market will be on Block 7 this year, opening June 2 and running every Tuesday through Oct. 6, 2 to 7 p.m. The market will open rain or shine.
The fate of the popular market was left up in the air after the Barberton Historical Society, the host for several years, abruptly pulled the plug after first announcing its return for the end of May.
“The mayor said let’s do it at Block 7,” market organizer Bob Hurbean told The Herald. “He called me (May 26) and said it was a go. I’d been working and working and working to get a spot.”
Vendors this year include: Jimmy’s Smokin’ Stack Barbecue; Amaize Gourmet Popcorn; Van Tassel; Big Mack Barbecue Sauce; Stephanie Gross Jams; Sandy Smith Teas; Les Merrill Honey; Aida Lefic Breads; John Hammer Vegetables; Yang Vegetables; Lydia Walent Garden Stuff; Tony Misich Vegetables; Farm’s Daughter Miscellaneous; Grandma Ann’s Treats; Barb Elliott Homemade Jewelry; Margo Diaz Hot Dogs; May Farms All Vegetables; and Gary & Linda Farms.
The coronavirus pandemic left some changes. All vendors will be required to wear gloves and masks and have an ample supply of hand sanitizer available. Customers are forbidden from touching merchandise until they own it.
“Anything they want, they have to ask the vendor to handle it,” Hurbean said.
Patrons will also have to mind the marks organizers are going to put out to help ensure 6 feet of distance between themselves and other shoppers.
“We’re going to do our best to protect people,” Hurbean said.