Special farmers market seeks donations, offers holiday goods

Lydia Coutré


Amy Strainer upcycled natural toys & kids clothing

Backerei – baked goods

Barb Eaton – dried flowers, wreaths, swags, children’s books

Baron & Jamie – scones, ornaments

Bella Terra Farm – garlic

Bernie Chaykowski – produce

Beth Buchanan Creekside Gardens – honey, honey pots, garlic

Birdsong Farm OEFFA certified organic produce

Bittner’s Bees – honey and honey products

Black Dog Acres – honey, handmade artisan dog biscuits

Bonny’s Bread – whole grain breads

Breakneck Acres – OEFFA certified whole wheat flour, cornmeal, dried beans

Chris’ Kitchen jellies – jams, jellies, soy candles

Crystal Roe – jewelry

Deb Butler – baked goods

Demi Runn – jewelry

Dessert First – gluten free baked goods,

Goodell Maple Farm – maple syrup and maple products

Isaac Mills Bakery – traditional Spanish breads

Jessica & Shands – decorated cookies & candies

KC Coffee Co. – locally roasted coffee beans

Lucky Penny Creamery – chevre & feta

McCoy’s Custom Catering – homemade chips & salsa, grain salads, hummus, guacamole, soups

Melanie Garan – handmade soaps

Ohio City Pasta – fresh handmade pastas, raviolis, sauces

Ohio Farm Direct – grassfed cheese

Ornery Goat Dairy – chevre, feta, goat milk egg nog

Out of a Garden – handmade frozen fresh vegetable patties

Peggy Varney Rock Spring Soap – soap and candles

Pierogies of Cleveland – handmade frozen pierogies

Rootstown Organic – herbal tonic, produce

Salt of the Earth Farm – pointsettias, grassfed meat & eggs, prepared hot food

Shmookies Cookies – gourmet specialty cookies, decorated cookies

Specialty Sweets by Molly – doughnuts, fritters, vegan cheese, savory crackers, raw & vegan treats

Sugar Luv – handmade candies

Swain Perennials – dried arrangements, holiday decorations, jewelry

Woven in Exile – handwoven bags

The Haymaker Holiday Farmers Market encourages people contribute to their community by buying locally and donating to Kent Social Services.

“You’re giving back to the community, and if you have a healthy community, everything’s better — your schools, your local businesses are thriving,” said Molly Aubuchon, vendor and Kent resident.

The fourth annual Haymaker Holiday Farmers Market on Dec. 10 and 17 features live music, one-of-a-kind gifts, and locally grown and made foods and products. The market, sponsored by law firm Williams, Welser, Kratcoski & Can LLC, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11 South River Street. The Ohio Direction/SNAP Card and credit/debit cards are accepted.

Kelly Ferry, market manager, said in return for the law firm giving them free space to hold the market, the partners ask that she makes a donation to Kent Social Services. Ferry said the market donates cash and holds a canned food drive during the market.

“We want to give back to the community,” said Pete Kratcoski, a partner at the firm. “That’s one of the reasons we have the Haymaker market in our garage, to support local business people.”

Christie Anderson, manager at Kent Social Services, said the organization, which relies almost entirely on community donations, is mainly looking for toys and holiday food for their Christmas toy and food giveaway next week.

Aubuchon, owner and operator of Specialty Sweets by Molly, said this is her third year participating in the market with her vegan and healthy snacks. She said in addition to her usual products, she makes gift items she doesn’t have any other time.

“We have our regular customers with the regular items we usually make, and then we usually have a few extra things that people can take home and give out,” she said.

Vendor Deborah Durkee of Ornery Goat Dairy said they are the only Grade A dairy in the state of Ohio that’s licensed to process milk, so she is able to offer homemade eggnog at the holiday market.

“(The holiday market) helps elevate the season,” she said. “Everybody’s happier. They’re looking for special objects and special things for their friends and family. It’s just a very warming experience.”

Ferry said the market, which is at capacity with 34 vendors, is very well-attended.

“I think it’s just another wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together,” Ferry said. “At the original market there’s such a social scene … It’s a nice chance right before the holidays for everyone to get together and feel a part of that community.”

Contact Lydia Coutré at [email protected].