BY SHERI TRUSTY
The Port Clinton Sunday Farmers Markets were so popular during the tourist season that vendors weren’t ready stop selling when summer ended. They turned to Abbie Fox for help, who joined efforts with Courtney Kast to host the first Holiday Market on the Water at the Island Port at the Jet Express on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16-17.
“We had such a good turnout at the farmers markets in the summer that our vendors actually asked us to do this,” Fox said. “We also reached out to upscale artisans, crafters and food vendors to make this bigger.”
“Bigger” is an accurate description of the event, which was packed with vendors and shoppers. Outside, food trucks sold everything from coffee and doughnuts to burgers and fries.
“We opened at 10 a.m., and by 9:55 there were herds of people standing outside the door,” Fox said.
The event doubled as a food drive for a local pantry. The first 150 people who donated canned goods were gifted custom tote bags.
“We went through 150 tote bags in 21 minutes,” Fox said. “Every year, my store, Lakelynn Design Boutique, does a lot of food drives. I decided to include a food drive with the Holiday Market because I was hoping there would be herds of people here wanting to give back to the community.”
The Holiday Market was packed with vendors selling everything from candles and jewelry to shirts and décor. Kayla Yuravak of Kayla’s Coastal Collection sold a line of lake-themed products that included charcuterie boards, cutting boards and wine glasses. Her merchandise is available at the Country House on Put-in-Bay and in stores in Wadsworth and Avon Lake.
“This is my first time with the Port Clinton Farmers Market,” Yuravak said. “It’s great. It’s very busy. They have a cash bar and live music, and it’s on the water. You can’t go wrong with all that.”