It has been five years since the Stow Community Farmers Market started.

The first year the average number of vendors could be counted on one hand, but through much sweat, determination, fresh produce, crafts and much interest from the community, the Market has grown into its fifth year. The average number of vendors now number about 25 and bring fresh honey, fresh pasta, herbs/spices, jams, cooking sauces, brown eggs, local maple syrup, olive oil, beef jerky, potted plants, cut flowers, baked goods, crafts, grass fed beef, and of course freshly picked seasonal fruit and produce.

The Market will be celebrating its fifth anniversary with a special Market Day Celebration on Aug. 1 during regular Market hours of 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There will be a special mayoral proclamation presented by Mayor Sara Drew at about 9 a.m. There will be five cooking demonstrations by various vendors that morning using ingredients found at the Market. Come and taste the bounty of the local harvest. There will also be five raffle prizes and gift baskets to be raffled off in a free drawing to all shoppers. Special music will be provided by Stow's own Mike Harvan. Special thanks to loyal market shoppers and sponsors that help produce the Market, including Western Reserve Hospital, Redmon Funeral Home, Young's Screenprinting, transmit identity, Holmes Seed Company, Briarwood Health Care, JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores and Stow Community Church.

The Market is each week in the parking lot of the Stow Community Church at 1567 Pilgrim Drive in Stow. More information can be found on the Market's facebook page and at stowfarmersmarket.com.