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Farmers markets reopen for the summer

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A slice of freshness has returned to Columbus with the opening the city’s two Saturday farmers markets, across from Mill Race Park and outside of FairOaks Mall.

Before 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, area vendors prepped their stalls in anticipation of the opening of the Columbus Summer Farmers Market. Booths four rows deep burst forth with fresh produce, meats, baked goods and handicraft pieces at the market, which sets up in the Cummins Parking Lot at Brown and Lindsey streets. The downtown market draws roughly 2,000 visitors to the 89 vendor stalls.

During the season, market manager Teresa Fischer's Saturdays day start at 6:15 a.m. when she arrives at the parking lot to ensure it's ready for vendors. Fischer, who's in her fourth year managing the market, also sells birdhouses and leather goods at Fischer's Feathered Friends.

"You couldn't have asked for better weather," she said, gazing out on the market. "One of my main goals is to be able to get to know the vendors and the unique items that they have, and that they have a venue that they can sell from."

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