Berries, mushrooms, herbs and more at Bellville Famers’ Market

BELLVILLE — The little secret about the Bellville Farmer’s Market is that it has what every business operation yearns for.

There’s a lot there that is going to make you want to keep on coming back.

A customer surveying the scene could find fresh peaches, three varieties of raspberries, tomatoes, jams and jellies, breads.

There are a few surprises: finely turned wood pieces made by Cade Blubaugh, lush and beautiful succulents and fresh and dried mushrooms.

The vendors were old-line looking farmers, some youngsters and Amish. There was sweet corn and fresh cut herbs.

The lure of farmers’ markets is easy to describe for some. If you don’t have the time, or space, to grow for yourself, it’s great to find someone around you who is willing to take on the task.

The Snavely family, represented by Judy and Karen Maglott, have been with the market since it was started by Lindsey Brenkus.

They had slightly rare apricot-colored raspberries, as well as two other kinds of berries. Judy Snavely said they farm on 116 acres on Honey Creek Road.

Their jams and jellies come in all flavors, including an elderberry jam. Anybody who has worked with elderberries knows handling those little berries can be a trial.

John Pfeiffer and his wife Zusanna, who farm near Impact Worship Center, had herbs, eggplant and other vegetables.

Blubaugh, who calls his stand “A turn for the better,” was showing startlingly beautiful rolling pins, made of blood wood or purple heart wood. He said he gets his lumber pieces from Keim Lumber, in Charm.

The rolling pins sell for $40. He also had other beautifully turned wood pieces, in other varities of woods.

Ann Joudrey with Apple Hill orchards, was there to sell peaches. She said her business has two locations: one on Lexington Ontario roads, and another in Fredericktown on Amity Road.

She was the only vendor who had an “app” that made purchasing easier. She carried a tablet, fixture that could swipe debit or credit cards.

Jeff Wilkinson was there selling succulent plants and several types of mushrooms. He had dried morel mushrooms, which he said he harvested in Boise, Id. A customer could get a one-ounce bag for $15. Wilkinson said he had harvested 150 pounds of mushrooms in Idaho. He accomplished that task by staying there two weeks.

Two vendors had baked goods, including breads and a variety of sweet goods.

Wilkinson’s card says he is a forester, who not only sells items like shiitake mushrooms, but also does timber appraisals.

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Cade Blubaugh shows some of wood pieces at his stand at the Bellville Farmer’s Market. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star Blubaugh shows some of wood pieces at his stand at the Bellville Farmer’s Market. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star