Farmer’s market is on

Bob Morehead

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.


  1. JPB on June 3, 2020 at 1:58 am

    I don’t agree with this at all. I grew up by the Piggery and there was plenty of room to play. So they move this down where the Cherry Blossom Festival was. Now where is everyone going to park besides the streets and McDonald’s parking lot. This is the parking lot for the postal employees. I was down to McDonald’s the other day and there must have been 20 young teen boys on bicycles in the parking lot. Weren’t they the ones that were causing all the trouble at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Good luck keeping them out of there. At least they wouldn’t be up at the Piggery. How are they going to keep everyone 6 feet apart down there.

  2. LAURA on June 3, 2020 at 1:44 am

    I don’t agree with this at all. There was plenty of room at the Piggery. This is down where they had the Cherry Blossom Festival . I would like to see everyone 6 feet apart down there. No places to park.

  3. LAURA on June 3, 2020 at 1:39 am

    I absolutely don’t understand why the Historical Society “pulled the plug ” on not having the farmer’s market at the Piggery. I grew up in that neighborhood and played in that field. There would be plenty of room to have that market. Now they are moving it down where the Cherry Blossom Festival was. That is where the postal workers park their cars. Now everyone is going to have to park on the street which was one of the complaints people had about the Cherry Blossom Festival or they will be parking in McDonald’s parking lot
    I would really like to see everyone 6 feet apart down there. That was a poor choice.

  4. Scott H on May 31, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Nice to see Herbie still involved with making the city a better place to live.

  5. Judi Jacobs on May 30, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Glad market will be opening. Always a good selection of items at good prices. I like getting my produce from local growers. Thanks Bob for all your hard work.

  6. Melissa Durant on May 29, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Was curious if the market will be taking the EBT card and if they will be matching it dollar for dollar like last year

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