Country Lane BBQ co-owners Chris, left, and Lin Lane, center, joke with a customer while ringing up her order today at their booth during the Perrysburg Farmers Market in downtown Perrysburg.
Farewell, Farmers Market -- Perrysburg will see you next year.
The final market of the season was held on a blustery but bright Thursday, with special prices on everything from vegetables to hot dog sauce.
"I want to buy it all," said Janet Borough, of Grand Rapids.
She was cooking for only one, though, and managed to restrain herself to brussel sprouts and peppers from Garden View Farms, also in Grand Rapids.
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Vendors from all over northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan come to Perrysburg year after year to peddle their wares, 55 percent of which must be homemade or grown on the business owner's farm.
Earth to Oven, a Perrysburg home bakery that sells pies, breads, and other pastries made from organic and locally produced ingredients, has had such a good run at the market that the business is expanding, said co-owner Lori Vincent, of Perrysburg.
She and daughter Veronica Vincent, of Temperance, are moving into the Center for Innovative Food Technologies kitchen near Bowling Green next week. Earth to Oven pies will be sold at Health Foods by Claudia in West Toledo starting in November, and their hope is to sell in local grocery stores such as Churchill's, Kazmaiers, and Sautter's, she said.
"We're moving up a little bit," Lori Vincent said.
Kyle Martin, 11, was drawn to the booth of Cindy's Family of Sauces, another offering from a Perrysburg home kitchen.
"It has free samples, and I like to eat things," he said.
He tried one of Cindy Drill's hot dog sauces made with all-beef meet and low-sodium ingredients. "That's pretty good," Kyle concluded.
What else is good is cauliflower, said Brandon Parran, of Parran's Greenhouse and Farm in Ida, Mich., which has a corner spot right in the middle of the Perrysburg Farmers Market.
The vegetable sells better in the fall when customers are looking to branch out from their regular tomatoes and green beans, and "it's not quite as pretty in the summer," he said.
His father, owner Mike Parran, said the six farmers markets they go to account for 60 percent of his retail sales. This was their fifth year at the Perrysburg market.
Marcia Rossler, of Curtice, said her Perrysburg booth for Succulents and Such helps bring new customers to her Curtice shop and a stall in Maumee Antique Mall.
"I have to bring something new every week because I don't have food," she said.
The succulent plants make good ground cover and don't require much water, Ms. Rossler said. The "such" offerings include potpourri and pepper wreaths with little heads of cotton that she grows and dries, as well as dish towels and early Americana-style dolls that she sews.
She said her booth definitely would make a return to historic downtown Perrysburg.
"I just enjoy coming here and meeting all the people," she said.
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