“The Flowerman” at the 2nd Street Market. SUBMITTED

2nd Street Market celebrates 15 years with 15 of its original vendors

Five Rivers MetroParks’ 2nd Street Market will celebrate its 15th anniversary this Friday, Nov. 4 by honoring its original 15 vendors, all of which are still operating at the public market.

The free event starts at 10 a.m. Friday and is open to the public. The 2nd Street Market is located at 600 E. Second St. at Webster Street, just east of downtown Dayton.

MetroParks Executive Director Becky Benná, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, and 2nd Street Market Manager Jimmy Harless will speak at the event.

“The market is a community gathering place,” Harless said in a release. “With such a diverse customer base, we find the most important thing our customers and vendors share is a sense of family.”

Harless said the 2nd Street Market “has established itself as an anchor for downtown Dayton’s revitalization, and we look forward to a prosperous future serving the community.”

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The market is housed in a renovated freight house and features a variety of local growers, producers, artisans and prepared-food vendors. Five Rivers MetroParks officials said the market’s vendors provide Dayton-area residents with convenient access to local food, which is less damaging to the environment and often healthier.

The 2nd Street Market was named the “Best Farmers Market” in the 2016 Best of Ohio Readers’ Ballot conducted by Ohio Magazine. It is open Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with special events throughout the year, including an upcoming “Stock Up Wednesday” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving.

Learn more about the 2nd Street Market at metroparks.org/localfood.

The original 15 vendors to be recognized include:

• All Souped Up

• Annie’s

• Big Sky Bread Company

• Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine

• Dohner’s Maple Camp

• Garber Farms

• Honey for Sale

• Hydro-Growers

• KJB Farms

• Kolb’s Specialty Bakery

• Monco Enterprises Inc.

• The Spice Rack & Bulk Foods

• The Flowerman

• Friends of the Humane Society

• Wegerzyn Gift & Garden Shop