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Marietta Square Farmers Market: Success in Consistency

By Elisha Neubauer

In 2002, the Marietta Square Farmers Market kicked off its first event with only 8 vendors. The miniscule event was held in a church parking lot located just steps from the Marietta Square. A first of its kind in the area, the Marietta Square Farmers Market gained popularity quite quickly. As attendance rose, the amount of vendors was increased and within five years the Market had to be relocated.

In 2007, the Market opened in its new location, North Park Square on the Historic Marietta Square. Today, the humble Market has managed to work its way up to over 60-65 vendors on Saturday's event and 25-30 vendors on Sunday's event. To accommodate its popularity, the event is open year round, from January to December, on Saturdays and Sundays are open from May to October.

For those visiting the Market for the first time, it can be quite an experience. Unfolding before them will be a wide range of locally grown or crafted products including seasonal produce, eggs, bread, cheese, pastries, cut flowers, gourmet foods, pork, beef, sausage, and dog treats. There's even knife sharpening!

"The MSFM brings a sense of community and a positive experience to the customers and merchants," recounts Johnny Fulmer, Market Director. The vendors and producers are exceptionally knowledgeable in what they sell and always seem happy to answer any questions. The entire experience is warm, inviting, and easy to navigate. There is even 6 of the original 8 vendors still with the Market today! "We have the same vendors every week in the same location," affirms Fulmer. "Consistency is very important for a successful farmers market."

Successful, indeed. The Market reports that 2016 was their most successful year ever and their only looking for greater things to come in the future.

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