Hamilton’s Historic Farmer’s Market will informally become Hamilton’s Romantic Farmer’s Market, just for the afternoon of Valentine’s Day.
From 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the market will be open inside The Blank Space of Hamilton, 220 S. Third St., “for all of your last minute wooing needs,” the sellers announced in a social-media post.
The event is part of the farmer’s market’s Winter Market, the indoor version of the warmer-months outdoor market near Butler County’s historic courthouse building.
The second-Sunday-of-the-month event happened to fall on Valentine’s Day, and matching plastic table cloths will be used for consistent decorations and to help limit spread of germs. Physical distancing and other coronavirus health protocols will be obeyed, said organizer Megan Walker, owner of Hamilton! Just Desserts.
The winter markets happen on the second Sunday of each month, “to be a little less intense on our vendors,” Walker said.
Everybody who attends the winter markets can be registered for a raffle in which the winner gains the ability to have a three-hour event at The Blank Space. That will be awarded after the April event.
The first event was in November. Before last year, the winter market was held in the lobby of Hamilton’s city-government building on Friday mornings, but Sundays worked better for the market, Walker said.
“I think it’s allowing for not only our vendors to participate more, but more of the community, to have somewhere to go and shop, and check out some of these homemade, handmade goods,” she said.
Customers and vendors all will wear masks and physical distancing will happen. The number of vendors was limited to avoid crowding, and vendors will have hand sanitizer at their tables for customers.