BUCKEYE LAKE- Calling all Buckeye Lake area farmers, gardeners, and artisans, Kelly Rammell is looking for you.
Rammell isseeking vendors to augment the Buckeye Lake Farmer’s Market, which takes place at the Goodwill store parking lot each Thursday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. “Mostly it’s just my wife and I,” he said.
Considering some of the poverty in the area and the lack of access to fresh produce in the village, Rammell, who heads Newark’s farmer’s market on Fridays, said such a market is very important for residents and he’d like to see the weekly event attract more vendors. “I don’t want the market there to die; I think it’s needed,” he said. “I’m just trying to build the market.”
Rammell said he’d like local artisans to sell homemade crafts, if possible. It’s difficult to develop farmer’s markets, he said, because he doesn’t want several vendors at a small market all selling the same types of items-that just takes business away from the other vendors.
Competition is fine in a large market with many vendors, but in a small one like Buckeye Lake’s, not so much. Rammell asks that farmers or artisans who would like to participate to call him first at (740) 403-2435 to make sure there’s variety between the vendors. “I don’t want (vendors) showing up willy-nilly,” he said. “I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes with something.”
Rammell said it’s more complex to build a farmer’s market than most people think. For instance, not just anyone can sell homemade salsa at a farmer’s market because certain state regulations apply. “You have to have a certified kitchen for salsa,” he said. “It’s the acidity in the tomatoes. It’s kind of an odd thing.” This is just one example, said Rammell, of why it’s very important for potential vendors to call him before bringing a tent and products to the Goodwill parking lot on a Thursday.