DOVER (WJER) (June 6, 2023) – Excitement has been building for the return of the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market.
Wednesday is Opening Day for the weekly market that brings dozens of local food producers to the fairgrounds in Dover on Wednesdays through mid-October. WJER’s own Hannah Hartman chairs the market that’s now in its 15th season and will be on the air sharing updates from the opening day festivities.
“It’s such wonderful thing. You start getting very excited this time of year knowing that the market is going to be coming back and you’re going to be able to see your friends, get that fresh produce and really just celebrate with community at the fairgrounds each week.”
The market runs from 3 to 7 pm each Wednesday through Oct. 11 except for the week of the fair, also with live music, food trucks, and demonstrations. Manager Mark McKenzie says it’s not just cooking demos this season as they’ve partnered with the Lehman’s company to bring marketgoers monthly food production and preservation lessons.
“And with Lehman’s, at each of the demonstrations…whatever hardware product they’re using to do food preservation, they will have something to hand out. You’re gonna put your name in a basket when you come in, and if you’re name is drawn you will take that back home with you.”
First up is an Opening Day introduction to butter, yogurt, and cheesemaking. That starts at 5 pm in the Clover Leaf Cafe and will be followed on July 12th with a session on pickling and fermentation. For vendor details and a full demonstration schedule, visit the market’s website, tvffm.org.