Downtown Farmers Market wrapping up the season Thursday
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Sep 12, 2012 | 724 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The harvest and participation at the Five Points Farmers Market this year has been “great,” according to Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

Yet even in the wake of downtown agriculture’s success, MainStreet is already in preparation for other upcoming events as well. One is the 25th anniversary of the Halloween Block Party.

Those hoping for some late-summer vegetables, fruits and other goods from the Farmers Market should hurry because Thursday is the final day of the downtown event’s season.

Each Thursday since June, local growers have peddled their fresh produce. The market opens at 4 p.m. and shuts down at 7 p.m.

“We have averaged 20 vendors per week who have provided fresh vegetables, fruits and other items which have been grown locally or nearby,” Marr said.

In its beginning, the market was held at the Museum Center at Five Points.

“The market has steadily grown in the past four years,” Marr said.

After completion of First Street Square, vendors began setting up their tents there where the participation from the community has grown.

“Weather cooperated with us this year. One rainy Thursday threatened to cancel the market, but it cleared up and we were able to open,” said Marr.

“There is still plenty of fresh produce as area farmers line First Street Square to sell all types of produce, wildflowers, and more. We appreciate our area farmers and gardeners, and all the customers who came out and supported the market,” she added.

The Five Points Farmers Market will reopen in June 2013.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to participate in the 25th annual Halloween Block Party set for Wednesday, Oct. 31, beginning at 5 p.m.

“The Halloween Block Party is a long-standing downtown Cleveland tradition with an average attendance of more than 20,000. It’s a great fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations, schools, ball teams, and church groups. Businesses can showcase their products and offer treats to thousands of area children,” Marr said.

The Halloween Block Party is a fun-filled family event and will be especially exciting this year due to the fact it has been a tradition now for 25 years.

“Booths from various businesses and organizations are a highlight of the event as they line the streets around the Courthouse Square to complete the festive evening,” said Marr.

Vendor applications are being accepted at the MainStreet Cleveland office through Monday, October 15.

For more information about any MainStreet Cleveland event, call 479-1000 or visit www. mainstreetcleveland.com. The Halloween Block Party Vendor agreement can also be downloaded from the MainStreet website.