News & Events

CHEF AJ at Athens Farmers Market May 4, 2013


It's official CHEF AJ will join us at our market on May 4th from 11:00 am til noon! We are happy to invite this world reknowned plant based chef. AJ will be stopping by our farmers to pick up some fresh veggies, to use at the Live Healthy Appalachia event at Athens Community Center in the afternoon. Please stop out and see CHEF AJ, and join her for the community tasting later in the day. For more info visit:



Junior Chef School 2013

Young chefs from beginner to advanced can cultivate their culinary skills in classes for kids of all ages and experience levels. Classes will be scheduled for the 2103 season soon! Please stay tuned for more information!

Uptown Farmers Market

March 15, 2013 11 am – 1 pm
Howard Park, Ohio University, Union St., Athens

Put on by Ohio University’s Graduate Student Senate and the Office of Sustainability, this mini farmers market event will be held right on campus and will feature many of the vendors from the Athens Farmers Market. Contact gss [at] ohio [dot] edu  or for more information.

All proceeds will go directly to participating vendors and will support sustainable agriculture, local businesses and the locovore movement here in our community. Stop by and visit some of your favorite Farmer's Market vendors as they visit the OU campus for you

Lets Market this Market!

Greetings everyone,

This year I have the privilege of working with The Athens Farmers Market in promotions.I've been a market member for over 12 years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to help promote our great market. If you or your organization have an upcoming event that might be helpful to us in promtoing our market please let us know.We are open for tour groups, educational groups and so much more. We are here, working hand in hand to develop The Athens Farmers Market into one of the best markets in the USA!

Thank You!


The Tealady/ Herbal Sage Tea Company

Will Dewees, Daffodil Vendor at Market, Passes Away in 2012

Below is Will's obituary that was published in the Athens Messenger:

ATHENS — Will Dewees died peacefully in Athens, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Born in Chicago in 1939, he was the only child of Margaret Slater Dewees and Francis John Dewees. He enrolled at Purdue University in electrical engineering, but soon realized that his interests and talents went in another direction. He switched to English literature at the University of Illinois and later graduated with a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Will traveled to East Africa at the age of 24 as part of “Teachers for East Africa.” While there, he discovered his love of adventure, his curiosity about other societies and people and their languages and stories. Will was relentless in his desire and ability to connect with people. A fearless traveler, he could converse in Swahili, and Polish, and say “hello,” “thank you” and “How do you say that?” in many languages. At middle age, he learned decent Chinese and enjoyed adventure travel to China every year for more than 15 years, making his last trip this spring. He managed a small flower bulb import business and learned everything he could about his adopted country. Will has close friends all around the world.






Will moved to Athens County in 1971, taught linguistics briefly and later became part of the tutoring center at Ohio University, teaching and supporting many, many young people. For Will, home was always Athens County. He always loved family and community and founded the intentional community, “The Far,” in Ames Twp. in 1973. He and the many other communards lived, plowed and loved the land there. One day Will drove by a field of daffodils on New England Road, planted by a woman many decades ago at a now-abandoned farmhouse. The rest is Will’s history as “The Daffodil Man.”

Will planted and sold wild daffodils online and at the Athens Famers Market for many years, enjoying the social friendly atmosphere of the folks gathering there. He later branched out into “Nekkid Lady” bulbs and got a huge kick out of shouting, “Come and see the Naked Ladies!” at his Farmers Market stall. Will honored the women who had first planted these bulbs in Southeast Ohio, and he told their imagined stories on his Web page.

From childhood, Will loved language, stories, jokes and puns. He self-published more than five books, participated in storytelling sessions at local libraries, and delighted in challenging children with his many riddles and puns. His most recent book of stories, Small Cruelties of Children, was illustrated by his grandson Simon.

Will loved to cook and worked wonders with whatever was available. His menus consisted of dishes from around the world. He cooked up some unusual entrees but they were always delicious, and as he proudly stated, made “in 30 minutes or less.” In the last few years he became fond of cooking Chinese food and often served up a feast of several dishes for his friends and family members.

Will is survived by his loved and loving partner of 30 years, Judy Daso; and by his children with longtime friend, Pat Dewees: son Jesse Dewees, daughter Sarah Dewees Hanna (son-in-law Steve Hanna), grandchildren Tenisha Dewees and Simon Dewees-Hanna; and by his many friends and extended families.


Market Mourns Loss of Vendor Myra Robinson/Grandma’s Rolling Pin

We have lost a very kind friend. Myra Robinson (Grandma's Rolling Pin), a market vendor since 2009, was always positive and a friend to everyone, and her pies were some of the best around. She will be greatly missed. Please keep Myra's family in your thoughts and prayers.  (To read more about Myra, please read the obituary from the Athens Messenger.)

Athens Messenger Features Market’s Anniversary

Thanks to Sara Brumfield at the Athens Messenger for a great story on the Athens Farmers Market!

2013 Junior Chef School

Young chefs from beginner to advanced can cultivate their culinary skills in classes for kids of all ages and experience levels. Classes will be scheduled for the 2103 season soon! Please stay tuned for more information!

PuppetPalooza at the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery

Saturdays only, April 14 to May 19, 10 am – 2 pm
Inside the Market on State

The exhibit features multiple puppet stages and nearly 100 puppets of all shapes and sizes, including over 40 oversized puppet characters.

Along with the puppets, the museum has set up infant/toddler activity stations, so that even the youngest guests can enjoy their visit. Over the course of the exhibit, the museum will also offer a variety of scheduled activities. Puppet-making crafts will be offered each day. Admission during Puppet Palooza will be free.

The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery (OVMOD) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven community organization with a commitment to creating unique educational and recreational experiences for children and their families in Southeastern Ohio. Donations are always gratefully accepted.