News & Events

2nd Annual Passion Works Cake Auction

May 12, 2012, 10 am – 3 pm

The money raised at the auction helps the local non-profit, Passion Works to continue providing quality programming. Companies or organizations interested in donating a cake with incentives may call or email Passion Works at 740-592-3673 or

Athens County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinics and Adoption Events

Clinics are held the first Thursday of each month, from 5-6 pm at the Market on State, inside the front entrance. For more information, contact or leave a message 740-592-6047. Adoption events are held the last Saturday of every month, from 10 am – 1pm.

Ohio University Mini-Market

April 27, 2012, 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 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

Athens Farmers Market to celebrate 40th year this June

From The Athens NEWS, Sunday, April 8, 2012

One of the area's most celebrated institutions, the Athens Farmers Market, will mark its 40th year this June.

The first market, held on a summer day in 1972, drew participation from three producers; on the following week, there were five. That summer, market participation peaked at a dozen vendors, mostly vegetable producers. Today the market boasts more than 100 vendors offering a wide range of products.

Several "anniversary" events planned for this summer will be announced in the future, a news release reported.

The market runs Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the first Wednesday market for this season to be held on April 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of the Market on State, on East State Street in Athens. 

According to the news release, the market also has a new website to unveil in conjunction with the 40th anniversary. It can be viewed at The Athens Farmers Market has have more than 1,100 fans on Facebook, which the market uses to post news, updates and events.

Newly elected board members for the Athens Farmers Market are Larry Cowdery, president; Chris Bruno, vice president; Kip Parker, treasurer; and Chris Burke, secretary.

At-large members are Debbie Bowers, Jeremy Bowman, Maureen Burns-Hooker, Ronda Clark and Gary Molina. Market staff include Kip Parker, manager; Jan Spring and Claudia Bashaw, assistant managers; and Michelle Gorman, promotions.

Interested in performing at the market?

These are our simple guidelines:

  • Interested musicians must make arrangements with the Market Manager on duty the day they wish to perform.  It is on a first come, first served basis, with some arriving as early as 8 am to reserve a spot.  Groups of five or more performers may reserve a spot a day in advance by contacting the Market Manager at
  • Performances may include up to but not more than three performers at at time. Special arrangements must be made in advance for larger performances.
  • Please remain in your designated performance area throughout the Market day.
  • Sale of recorded music is prohibited (consider displaying an advertisement instead).
  • Please be respectful of the vendors and customers around you.  Do not use amplification during your performance and adjust your volume accordingly.
  • You may accept freewill donations for your performance; we suggest that you put out a donation jar.


Though our Market is limited in performance space, we can accomodate small-scale events in or around the Market Cafe. We have hosted theatre troupes performing Hamlet, a flute ensemble playing Brahms and cooking contests with many happy samplers.

If you would like to inquire about hosting an event at the Athens Farmers Market, contact Market Manager Kip Parker.