Hudson Farmers Market would like you to meet Nicole Shimandle:

Nicole is the market's youngest vendor. As a matter of fact, one could say she grew up at Hudson Farmers Market. Her father, Gene, was the market's first manager. The Aurora High School graduate, who plans to attend college this fall, has been selling pure, locally grown honey at Hudson Farmers Market since she was 12 years old.

When Nicole was 9 years old, she decided that sitting around doing nothing was for the birds. To keep herself busy, she agreed to lend a hand to a neighbor who was a beekeeper. That simple act started her on the path to becoming a beekeeper herself and, eventually, an entrepreneur.

By the time Nicole became a vendor at Hudson Farmers Market, she already had a wealth of knowledge about beekeeping and honey, including the fact that it never spoils, and she had about three years worth of honey in stock to start her business.

She is hoping to pay for her college education at the School of Advertising Arts in Kettering, Ohio, with proceeds from her business. She plans to continue selling her honey and honey products at the market, with the help of her mom, Dina, and sisters Amanda and Brianna. Look for Aurora Springs Honey at Mazzullo's in Aurora; at Red Rock Farmer's Market in Aurora, Geauga Fresh Market in S. Russell, and at Lock 3 in Akron.

To learn more about Nicole and Aurora Springs Honey, check her out on Facebook,

pages/Aurora-Springs-Honey. Her website,, is currently under construction. Reach Nicole by phone at 330-995-0279.

Hudson Farmers Market is still accepting vendors for the 2014 season, which starts June 7 and runs through Oct. 11. Contact the market manager by e-mail at Keep up-to-date on market events during the season by joining Hudson Farmers Market on Facebook.

For more information about vendors and the market, visit