Outdoor shopping at the 2nd Street Market to return in March

The 2nd Street Market, will resume its outdoor market Saturday, March 20, 2021.
The 2nd Street Market, will resume its outdoor market Saturday, March 20, 2021.

One of Dayton’s favorite places to buy local food, the 2nd Street Market, will resume its outdoor market Saturday, March 20.

Local farmers, growers, producers, and artisan vendors will be on site, weather permitting, each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 2nd Street Market, located at 600 E. Second St., began its outdoor market last June in response to the pandemic. Located in a former freight house, the indoor space is too narrow to allow for safe social distancing, according to Five Rivers MetroParks, which operates the market.

The 2nd Street Market, will resume its outdoor market Saturday, March 20. CONTRIBUTED
The 2nd Street Market, will resume its outdoor market Saturday, March 20. CONTRIBUTED

When outdoor shopping resumes next month on the south side of the building, masks will be required, and visitors should social distance and keep the number of shoppers from one household to a minimum, said 2nd Street Market Manager Lynda Suda.

“I think people are going to be excited to see us back and have gotten used to more of the outdoor feel,” Suda said. “I think we will see bigger crowds because people will be looking for things to do this spring.”

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The market will also offer curbside pickup for people who pre-order directly from the market’s vendors.

Suda said planning for the reopening is ongoing, and visitors should check the market website and Facebook page the week before it opens for a list of participating vendors and other updates.

Shoppers can still support the market vendors through online sales, gift cards and pick-up purchases. A list of online vendors can be found on the Metroparks.org web site.

The 2nd Street Market, will resume its outdoor market Saturday, March 20. CONTRIBUTED
The 2nd Street Market, will resume its outdoor market Saturday, March 20. CONTRIBUTED

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Five Rivers MetroParks and the 2nd Street Market will also host its first virtual CSA event Thursday, Feb. 25 from 7p.m. to 8 p.m..

The free event will give participants a chance to meet local farmers who offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) products. Representatives from Mile Creek Farm, Mission of Mary, Patchwork Gardens and Foxhole Farm will participate. Registration can be found here.

Ready to plan a garden? The market has posted a video on its Facebook page from Mission of Mary Cooperative with tips from its farm manager on how to gear up for the growing season.

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