The parking lots of big name grocers such as Kroger and Walmart on East State Street are full of cars. However, they are not the only parking lots filled with consumers looking to purchase groceries. Every Saturday, the Athens Mall parking lot transforms into a marketplace for shoppers searching for locally produced goods.
The Athens Farmers Market has been supporting local food economy since its founding in 1972. The market is open year-round and is home to a variety of vendors.
According to the Market’s Facebook page, the vendors sell a host of both organic and inorganic products to hundreds of Southeastern Ohio residents.
The graph below illustrates the litany of items sold by farmers at the market. Forty-two local farmers sell their produce at the Athens Farmers Market followed by five farmers selling meat and three selling dairy products. Only two farmers sell both meat and produce at the market.
Out of the 79 vendors who sell their goods at the Farmer’s Market, only five sell meat products. These vendors include Arcadian Acres, Athens’ Own, Harmony Hallow Farm, Jenkinson Farm and Garden and Sunny Mead Farm.
Looking at the farms that sell meat products at the Athens Farmers Market, the most popular meat sold is beef. Pork is the second most popular meat sold by farmers, followed by rarer varieties such as lamb or rabbit.
If you happen to frequent the Athens Farmers Market, we would love to hear your opinion on its selection of vendors and the products that are sold in the comment section below.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);