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PEMBERVILLE — Garden parties — like a farmers’ market but with a small-town feel — start downtown this week.

The annual Downtown Pemberville Garden Parties are scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

From May to September, the Garden Parties will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be a variety of different vendors in attendance, such as North Branch Nursery, Hutchinson Family Farms, Stony Ridge United Methodist Church, The Hot Pad Guy, Harold Leemaster, Cynthia Lohrbach, Ruth Hasselman, Country Cupboard Ohio, Riverbank Antiques, Pallets by Luann , handmade soaps from Grandma Jean and Amish jams and jellies from Mrs. Miller.

Although many vendors are already set to participate, anyone interested in becoming a vendor should call 419-287-3274 for more information.

Todd Sheets, owner of Beeker’s general store and one of the Garden Party hosts, said Garden Parties are a lot like Farmers’ Markets, but with a creative name and a more local feel.

“There will be plants, hanging baskets, shrubs, perennials, things like that. We have people with hot corn and honey and breads and baked goods, that sort of thing. And then we also have artisans and craftsmen who do things by hand,” Sheets said.

There will also be fresh sandwiches and salads for sale and Beeker’s will be selling Toft’s hand-dipped ice cream.

In addition to the various vendors, each party will feature a local musician and a few unique artisans and artisans. Many vendors will be the same each time, but some will only be there on specific dates.

This year, a new feature has been added for guests.

During the Garden Parties in May, July and September, a horse-drawn carriage service will offer rides. There are fees for rides and people can call ahead and reserve a timeslot or walk as long as times are available. Horse-drawn carriage rides are accessible to people of all ages.

Downtown streets will remain open during the Garden Parties as vendors will all be set up on the sidewalks.

Sheets said that while Garden Parties aren’t as big as farmers’ markets in other cities, he thinks it’ll still be a lot of fun.

“It’s a great time for people to reunite with their friends and neighbours,” he said. “It’s a bit of a slower pace, kind of a small town feel. And the good thing is that much of the produce is locally grown, locally sourced, or produced by local artisans. We think it’s just really important that we support our local producers, local craftsmen and artisans.

Although the weather can be unpredictable, Sheets said the Garden Parties will be held rain or shine. He said that even though they don’t see so many people on rainy days and some vendors don’t come in bad weather, they won’t let that stop them.

“It’s all about the garden and anything locally grown, so we’re like a little bit of humidity doesn’t scare us,” Sheets.

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