While the Deerfield Township Farmers Market has always had plenty of fresh, local produce and farm products, as well as a pleasant setting, there are now some added amenities.
We braved the rain this past Saturday to visit the Deerfield Market. The free coffee that was provided (it was customer appreciation day), and the warm thanks we received from each and every vendor we purchased from more than made up for the weather. We made the trip specifically to pick up a few things to brighten the holiday weekend.
Fresh flowers were on the list. Guy Ashmore, in addition to managing the Deerfield Market, operates That Guy’s Family Farm, just outside Clarksville, Ohio. As one of the anchors of the Deerfield Market, this farm offers a good selection of certified organic produce. In addition, we’d purchased and enjoyed flowers from them before. Guy’s daughter, Nellie, was manning an adjacent booth just for the flowers today, and they were outstanding. By now I’d even forgotten it was raining.
Off to visit Glory Farms. I’d noticed before that the baked goods there had a homemade look that reminded me of my grandmother’s sweets. Sure enough, we purchased a peach cobbler for just that reason.
We couldn’t visit the market without getting some more traditional farm products. The purchases were rounded out by sausage from Webb Valley Farm, eggs from Bergefurd’s Farm, and garlic and onions from Country Settlement Farm.
We also purchased soap from Honey Sweetie Acres, a newly added vendor that had brought along their kids. Not so unusual? These kids were of the goat persuasion.
Honey Sweetie Acres raises and milks Nigerian dwarf goats to make their soaps and beauty aids. Steve explained that this breed yields more butterfat in their milk than traditional milking breeds, which increases the quality of the soap. Another source tells me that dwarfed, African breeds of goat will yield equal amounts of milk on less pasture, as well.
While we did not purchase there on this day, I was impressed by the variety offered by Shelton’s Farm, which had preserves, produce, hickory and maple syrup, and blackberries. Another unusual offering was caramels from Karma in the Kitchen.
Amenities that have been added recently include occasional musicians and food trucks participating. For this Saturday, it was Cooper’s Crepes.
It’s important that a market have ample parking, a pleasant setting, and a variety of available farm products that includes meat. The Deerfield Market’s cut flowers, however, are the best anywhere, and the addition of other amenities means it earns the highest rating.