Dayton’s 2nd Street Market Brings Local Growth, Inspiration to Historic Location
Deeply entrenched in Ohio’s winter, fresh produce seems to be nothing more than a lingering memory of the fall harvest. Though, at Dayton’s PNC 2nd Street Market, the promise of delicious local treats and warm fellowship draws residents and visitors all year long.
Housed in a historic 1911 B & O Railroad building (renovated by Five Rivers MetroParks and National City Bank in 2001), the Market began with the simple goal of encouraging the growth and sale of local produce. Ten years later, the 2nd Street Market has become a staple of Dayton’s lunch and weekend scenes. More than 40 local vendors come together to create this urban farmers’ market every Thursday through Saturday, with specialties ranging from Mediterranean cuisine to homemade soaps and pottery. Live music rings throughout the building while visitors and Miami Valley residents browse a wide-selection of meats, breads, produce, textiles and trinkets.
I first discovered the 2nd Street Market as a student at the University of Dayton and spent numerous Saturday mornings delaying homework projects in favor of sampling new treats from Big Sky Bread and sharing laughs with my roommates over bread bowls from All Souped Up. Selecting fresh tomatoes from the Hydro Growers stand made me reminiscent of my summers growing up in rural Ohio where produce stands dot the back roads. After admiring pieces from Jon Graham Pottery, I found renewed inspiration to take up pottery classes.
I continue to frequent the Market as a favorite Friday lunch spot or a great start to a Saturday morning. One of the best things about the Market is the way its eclectic collection of vendors and visitors boast that Dayton is not only alive, but has plenty to offer newcomers and lifelong residents alike. This hidden treasure of quality goods combined with a welcoming community should not be ignored.
Do you have a favorite Ohio farmers’ market? What makes it special for you?
All photos courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks. For more information about the 2nd Street Market, visit https://www.metroparks.org/localfood.