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Farmers' Markets

Pam Bowsheir and Mike Runyan run Champaign Locally Grown.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

The first American farmers' market opened in Boston in 1634. They were the center of many communities until advances in modern refrigeration spawned the birth of the supermarket. In the 1970’s, Americans became more health conscious and the concept of buying fresh, locally grown produce straight from the farm caused a renaissance for farmers' markets.

Today, farmer’s markets are everywhere - even online.

Shiloh Farmers Market
Shiloh Farmers Market

Every Saturday, for six months out of the year, in Harrison Township. - an area hard hit by the Memorial Day Tornado outbreak - a small farmer’s market operates at the corner of N. Main St and Philadelphia Dr.

A winter market will be held in Springfield at the Mother Stewart's Brewery.
Mother Stewart's Brewery

The revamped, rebranded Springfield Farmers Market, held downtown outdoors in the summer, has more than doubled in size in 2 years - with more than 40 vendors now participating. And that momentum has led to something new - a winter market.

We’re calling it 'The Market at Mothers.' People can shop local goods, they can drink good beer and just enjoy community together," says Camaren Sloan.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau Events Manager. Which is the organization that manages the Springfield Farmers Market.

Will Davis / WYSO

Some people are morning people, even on the weekends: They might like, for example, getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays to head down to their local farmers’ market. WYSO listener Gabrielle Civil is not one of those people. She lives in Yellow Springs, where the farmers’ market runs from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. And she had a question about that:

This is WYSO Curious and my question is, why so early? Why is the farmers’ market over by noon?