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Produce and more at Twinsburg Farmer's Market

by Gina Mace | Reporter Published: July 26, 2016 2:00 PM

Twinsburg -- The Liberty Road sign touting Twinsburg Farmer's Market was enticing to Machelle Crowder.

But until July 21, she hadn't had the time to stop.

Crowder, of Twinsburg, and her daughter, Kayla Crowder, were among the estimated 200 people who ignored the hot sun and humidity to shop for fresh produce, baked goods and other items at 2695 Creekside Road July 21.

In its 12th year, the market is open Thursdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 6 in the parking lot adjacent to Gander Mountain.

Crowder was eyeing the just picked, garden fresh vegetables offered by May's Farm of Randolph.

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"I like fresh, locally grown produce," Crowder said.

Don May, who runs the 45-year-old farm, said he enjoys selling his produce at various farmer's markets.

May said he does up to eight markets a week.

"I get to meet a lot of people," May said. "Peppers and cucumbers are going well. Corn is normally better, but it's dragging its feet this year," he said.

Next door, McDivitt Family Maple offered free lemonade and tastes of their maple-glazed popcorn, granola and other treats, alongside pure maple syrup for sale, in single-serving sizes up to gallon jugs.

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Mid-row of the tents and tables, Sharon Frazier manned a booth for Summit County Master Gardeners. She and a colleague handed out seed packets and information on attracting pollinators to the garden.

From other vendors, customers bought honey, fresh made baked goods, tasted and learned about different kinds of garlic and purchased treats for furry friends at home.

Kim Hinton, of Stow, brought her homemade dog treats to the Twinsburg Farmer's Market for the first time July 21.

Her business was born out of a need to provide unprocessed food and treats for Tiny, her sensitive 5-year-old chorkie [chihuahua and yorkie mix].

On this day, she offered cinnamon poppers, a mixture of carrots and cinnamon; chicken and apple biscuits; and others made with natural ingredients. They are also people friendly.

"I have eaten everything I make," Hinton said. "The cinnamon poppers are my favorite."

Irma McQueen, who recently moved to Twinsburg to care for a family member, also attended the market for the first time.

"I wanted to try something new," she said.

McQueen said she especially enjoyed learning about honey, honey combs and bees wax from a honey vendor.

"I learned about honey and honey combs and how they're used," she said.

The day was going well for Cossel Farms, with 14-year-old Andrew Marashlian waiting on customers.

Their Medina family farm has been a staple of the Twinsburg Farmer's Market since it began 12 years ago.

From a booth sandwiched between Summit County Master Gardeners and Maya's Baked Goods, Barbara Quinn manages the summer market, organized through the Twinsburg Parks and Recreation Department.

She started as a vendor, taking over the administrative duties in 2011.

On this day, the SWAT food truck of Macedonia (Stuffed With Amazing Taste) was serving burgers and other food, while an ice cream truck sold frozen treats. Quinn said she hopes to have at least one food truck every week or two for the rest of the season.

During her rare downtime in the three-and-a-half hours the market is open, Quinn can be found picking up produce for her family.

"We have a lot of good variety, local, home-grown," Quinn said. "I buy all my produce here during the summer."

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