Local vendors lineup their fresh produce
Local vendors lineup their fresh produce

Athens Farmers Market Stays Open During Winter Months

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ATHENS, Ohio — As the winter approaches, the Athens’ Farmers Market continues its tradition as the largest year-round farmers market in the state. With over 75 vendors, there is a wide variety of meats, cheeses, eggs, jams, honey, flowers and plants, coffee, baked goods, candies, breads, wine, and much more that attracts people from throughout Southeast Ohio.

Although the market has been around for over 50 years, and located only a few miles outside of Ohio University’s campus, many students did not know that one of the most popular farmers markets was so close to them.

“I didn’t even know like that this farmers market was so close to campus,” Ireland-Bitterford, a senior at Ohio University said. “I think that everybody should know about this place because access to fresh produce that’s picked within two days of it being sold to you, and the prices are incredible and if more students knew about this, then we could start spreading the word about how great this place is.”

Vendors serve customers at Athens Farmer's Market on East. State. St.
Vendors serve customers at Athens Farmer’s Market on East. State. St.

Beyond the convenience and quality of the produce, the market also helps the economy of Athens – a county with more than a quarter of its population living in poverty. The year-long operation of the market allows local Athens businesses to continue to make money, even during the colder months.

In addition, all the vendors accept EBT and SNAP pay for those receiving food assistance.

The farmers market is located at 1002 East State Street, Athens, Ohio. Athens Transit now offers a bus run to the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

During the winter the market is open Wednesdays 9 a.m. to noon, until Nov. 24, and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon all year long.