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North Canton Farmers Market Organizers Hope to Strengthen City Identity, Create New Opportunities

Two men have partnered with St. Paul's Catholic Church to bring North Canton its first farmers market, which will run June 18-Oct. 15

In Dan Tullius’ words, he “finally got his act together” and formed something he’s wanted to for a while now: a North Canton farmers market.

Tullius, owner of Tullius Art & Design in Canton, teamed with owner Larry Owens to start the farmers market, which will take place from 8 a.m.-noon each Saturday between June 18 and Oct. 15.

“I think it’s going to be a good thing for North Canton,” Tullius said, adding it creates an opportunity for residents to shop for homegrown produce and other goods right in their hometown instead of traveling to other communities.

The farmers market, in the parking lot behind the Main Street Grille, also could bring in folks from surrounding areas like Jackson and Plain townships, Green and Canton.

Owens said the farmers market also will help create an identity for North Canton.

“I always thought North Canton needed an identity. Where’s downtown North Canton? This is probably the closest thing you have to a downtown in North Canton.

“If we can have more of these types of events in that area, this will become more of a focal point.”

Once the organizers cover their costs, (another player in creating the market) will donate profits to the Stark County Hunger Task Force.

Tullius and Owens have nailed down market rules, typed up vendor applications and found the perfect spot to accommodate all the participants and shoppers. Now what they need is the backbone of the farmers market: the vendors.

They’re fine-tuning their website (www.northcantonfarmersmarket.org) now and said those interested in becoming vendors can find more information there within the next week or contact Tullius at 330-497-8775 or tullius@sbcglobal.net.

Both Tullius and Owens see the farmers market growing after its first year. But for now, they’re learning as they go.

“We’re starting out. We have no expectations during this,” Tullius said. “We’re just going to jump in and let it grow and see where it goes.”

Jeff May 03, 2011 at 06:34 PM
As someone who just moved back to North Canton this sounds great!
brenda May 03, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Hopefully they will have some organic produce. Pass the word please!
Judith Logan May 03, 2011 at 07:44 PM
I think is a wonderful thing for North Canton. I definitely will visit and buy.....can't wait. Thanks so much. Judy
Lisa Gensley May 03, 2011 at 11:57 PM
I love farmer's markets and am excited to go to it! May even be a vendor sometime in the future! Lisa
Kathy Yaros May 04, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Fantastic!!!- Last year, the Y did a tiny version of a farmer's market the first morning of Main St. Festival to benefit the task force (all donated produce, plants, and more) and sold every bit! I know this will be great- I look forward to seeing this happen. Kathy
Jan Kotila May 04, 2011 at 05:08 AM
Dan and Larry know how to get things done! Love it - and I hope we see some of that local produce worked into the menu at Main Street Grille!
Jan Kotila May 04, 2011 at 05:09 AM
PS: behind every great man stands a great woman...Alane?
Carrie Touchette May 04, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Yeah!!!!!
Tim Fahrney May 04, 2011 at 11:16 AM
I commend Larry and Dan. Excellent for the community.
Emily Chesnic May 04, 2011 at 12:37 PM
This will be a great addition to the community! I am SO excited!
Christina Weyrick-Cooper May 04, 2011 at 10:24 PM
This news made my day! So exciting.
Tina May 05, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I think a Farmer's Market will do well in our town! We are hoping for truly organic meats and produce - since we can't really get those in the grocery stores. Looking forward to checking it out!
BJ Boyajian-Bowling May 06, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Thrilled that we will have this in our community! Thanks Larry & Dan! I love what these two have already done for our community & look forward to visiting this weekly with my family!
Nicole Welsh May 10, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Great job to the both of you Dan and Larry, thank you! This is a wonderful thing you are doing for our community. I can not wait to come out every Saturday.
Rebecca Weddell May 16, 2011 at 11:46 PM
I love that there will now be 3 Farmer's Markets, but I'm wondering why it is on the same day and times as the downtown Canton Farmer's Market?? There are a few vendors that I know personally that would do North Canton very well, but have already committed to downtown. Therefore they can not be in 2 places at once. Why not have the market on a Friday or Saturday evening? Quite a few people like to sleep in on Saturday morning also. The Gervasi Farmer's Market is on Wednesday evenings and is packed everytime I am there. Just some suggestions.
Dena Beth James June 14, 2011 at 03:46 PM
See you at the Farmer's Market-Alane-Dan & Judy Logan!!
Sarah July 25, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Just participated in our first farmer's market this past Saturday, what a great event! I was so impressed by how many vendors and visitors came after only a few short weeks after getting started. Kudos to the organizers Larry, Dan and Alane, this is such a fantastic step for North Canton! LOVE IT!

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