Grow Warwood Pride kicks off the second season of the Warwood Farmers Market in Garden Park on Tuesday, June 5.

The farmers market is slated to run every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. until Oct. 9.

Grow Warwood Pride president Julie Davis is excited to unveil the events organized and additions to the market as they enter the second season.

“This year, we have reached out to the community organizations to plan special event days that are kid-friendly, educational activities. Every week is going to be a new reason to come to the market,” Davis said.

Kaelynn enjoys painting a pumpkin at last year’s Warwood Farmers Market.

“What makes our market is our people. We have amazing local talents in food producers and artisan crafters, and we want a place to showcase what is made right here in our valley and a consumer destination for our community to gather and be neighbors. We think of this as a community-building exercise,” she said.

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The events planned in conjunction with the farmers market include Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays (second and fourth Tuesdays during the summer), First Responder Appreciation and Safety Day (June 19), Kid’s Corner with Children’s Museum of Ohio Valley (third Tuesday of every Month), Zumba with Warwood Dance Fitness (first Tuesday of every month), Toy and Train Museum and a Man’s Best Friend Day Aug. 21 showcasing exceptional canines (including the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland), offering free pictures with your dog, and dog-themed products.

There are plenty of activities for kids at the Warwood Farmers Market.

Grow Warwood Pride uses the revenue generated by the vendors’ fees to help with community beautification efforts in parks and cityscapes. Grow Warwood Pride is a group of volunteers interested in improving parks, playgrounds, buildings and other spaces in Warwood through coordinating activities that foster an environment for the citizens in Warwood and the greater Wheeling area to meet, share ideas, and progress projects. The group meets monthly, and events are promoted through their Facebook page.

Jan Ross displays baskets made by Pat Mercer and the Moundsville Moundweavers.

Market chair Matt Rafa is also excited to be bringing new technology to the farmers market model. Utilizing Facebook, Instagram, their website and the FarmFan text messaging reminder system, he hopes to attract all ages to check out their weekly market. “We are using new technologies to communicate for a farmers market model that has been around forever. We plan to communicate our weekly activities, giveaways, loyalty programs, and more through our monthly email newsletter and weekly reminder by text message and on Facebook.”

You can sign up for the newsletter and text messaging reminders on their Facebook page or call 304-460-5519 for more information.



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