Emily Allen-Smith

Emily Allen-Smith was one of the vendors who joined the Plymouth farmers market on Saturday. 

PLYMOUTH ─ The Village of Plymouth welcomes summer with new community events and exhibits.

The Plymouth Improvement Committee hosted the first farmers market in the area on Saturday. The market kicked off the “Summer Saturdays in the Village,” the series aiming to bring life back to Plymouth, according to the committee’s president, Katie Veletean.

More than 10 vendors set up their booths in a parking lot on Spring Street on Saturday, offering fresh produce, clothing and accessories. Veletean said the committee would like to move the market to the downtown area on West Broadway Street in the future to get more exposure.

The market still needs time to grow and attract more food vendors, the president said. It will develop into a weekly event that starts at 9 a.m. on Saturdays through September 4.  

Emily Allen-Smith, one of the vendors and co-owner of The Odd Sprout Farm, said she was excited about the opportunity. The Plymouth-based business focuses on heirloom varieties of produce, including unique tomatoes and melons that customers can't get at regular grocery stores.

The owner said all products are naturally grown in her 1.5-acre farm. No synthetic fertilizers are used.

People start paying more attention to local events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Allen-Smith said. She participated in the farmers market to support the Plymouth Improvement Committee’s effort.

“I'm really hoping to see a resurgence of the hometown thing,” the business owner said.

Veletean said the committee will keep enhancing the Summer Saturdays along the way. Starting on June 12, the Plymouth Branch of Mansfield Richland County Public Library will provide monthly storytime and craft-making opportunities for children in front of the facility.  

The activity is free to the public and will start at 10 a.m., Veletean said.

She said the committee hopes to bring something new to Plymouth with the Saturday events, which will serve neighboring communities as well. She said many people who live close to the village have been joining the activities.

Businesses interested in joining the farmers market can contact the committee through its Facebook page or at picourvillage@gmail.com.

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