The market takes place the second Sunday of the month through September, and will feature live music, vintage goods, food trucks, produce, giant games and yoga.
“I created the market with the intention of creating activity downtown during the morning/afternoon on the weekends when there ordinarily is little to none,” says Urban Eats Co-owner Liz Tyran, who is partnering with Crafty Mart and Countryside Conservancy. “So even though the market will only be held on four Sundays this summer, it is meant to act as a catalyst to produce more market-like or other community-friendly type events to draw people downtown during those times.”
Tyran also hopes the Farm and Flea could help residents supplement a downtown Akron experience with other attractions like the Akron Zoo, Akron Art Museum or the Main Library, just to name a few.
“The market and this positive for everyone chain-effect can only work if the community makes it a point to come and support the vendors,” says Tyran. “Countryside Conservancy and Crafty Mart have both partnered with us this year, and the Knight Foundation is helping fund things like our live local music performances. We also have a great lineup of local musicians for the season.”
Vendors include notable local businesses such as Stagecoach Antiques, Birchwood Supply Co., Land of Plenty, Goodwill Blue, local farmers & Ms. Julie’s Kitchen. A complete vendor list could be found at www.akronfarmandflea.com.
There will also be a Bloody Mary bar in Musica starting at 10 a.m., as well as donation-based yoga, giant games (like giant Jenga and Ker Plunk) along with cornhole and ping pong. Urban Eats also will be open for business, along with a number of food trucks.
The market will certainly have a unique mix (which other local event has a Bloody Mary bar and giant games?), and Tyran announces that the Farm & Flea was recently qualified as a nonprofit.
Also included is a floral crown workshop. Here’s the Eventbrite link to register: