Homemade and handpicked hawked at The Sunday Farmers Market’s first event

Jun 18, 2024 | Featured, Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

A balloonist entertains children at the June 9 farmers market at Hopfinger Zimmerman Memorial Park. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Tracy Sanford of Marblehead said she and her husband, Aaron Sanford, have “always been into hydroponic stuff,” so it was natural to start growing microgreens. Eventually, their hobby turned commercial, and they began offering their product to local restaurants on the mainland and islands through their business, Thistle Dew Microgreens. On June 9, they set up a booth with fresh microgreens at The Sunday Farmers Market’s inaugural event at Hopfinger Zimmerman Memorial Park.

“We just started growing them in our barndominium and pole barn,” Tracy said. “We deliver within a 25-mile radius and to the islands, as well.”

Lily Rodenhauser of Threaded Lily sold a variety of handsewn and upcycled products, including matching owner and pet bandanas. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Aaron is a military veteran, making Thistle Dew Microgreens a veteran-owned business. He said microgreens are packed with nutrition. Their benefits include improved thinking, a lower risk of heart disease, and gut health support.

“They offer 4 to 40 times the nutrition of the parent plant,” Aaron said.

The Sanfords were one of dozens of vendors who set up at The Sunday Farmers Market. The market’s owner and director, Abbie Fox, said Hopfinger Zimmerman Park is a good fit for the mission of the market. The park was founded by Jack and Lorraine Zimmerman and, under their care, has grown into one of Port Clinton’s greatest gems.

Nicole Dillon brought homemade baked goods from her Marblehead shop to the farmers market. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“What Lorraine and Jack do is absolutely fantastic,” Fox said. “We wanted to work with people who give back without receiving anything in return.”

The 80-acre park provides ample room for future growth of the market, which is accepting applications from produce, plant and food vendors.

“Lorraine jumped on it as soon as I contacted her about having the farmers market there,” Fox said. “What an amazing thing for Port Clinton. It’s so big.”

Aaron and Tracy Sanford sold nutrient-rich microgreens at The Sunday Farmers Market on June 9. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Among the other vendors was Lily Rodenhauser of Threaded Lily. Rodenhauser creates sustainable fashion and hand-embroidered merchandise.

“All of my clothing is thrifted and upcycled,” she said. “I never throw out anything. Even my scraps are made into patchwork bags.”

One of her most popular items are the matching pet and owner bandanas.

“I’ve been sewing for years and years and years, and last year, I lost my job. A whole chain of events led me to start my Etsy store, and now I do this fulltime,” Rodenhauser said.

Down the row, Nicole Dillon sold homemade baked goods from her whimsically-named gift shop and bakery, Pickle and Chip’s Field Trip. All of her baked goods are made from scratch at her Marblehead shop, including scones, cinnamon rolls and cookies.

The Sunday Farmers Market at Hopfinger Zimmerman Memorial Park kicked off its first event on June 9. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“I do a lot of dietary restriction things – no sugar, vegan options and gluten-free,” she said.

Pickle and Chip’s Field Trip is named after Dillon’s sons. The fun name occasionally confuses people, who think the business offers field trips. Life itself, Dillon said, is a fun field trip.

“Kids sometimes ask me if I bake my cookies in fields. I always say, ‘Do they have cookie farms? That would make my life easier,’” she said.

The Sunday Farmers Market is held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next farmers market will be held on June 23. Hopfinger Zimmerman Memorial Park is located at 4909 W. Oak Harbor Southeast Rd. in Port Clinton. For more information, visit www.pcsundaymarket.com.

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