Summer shopping

Cauliflower, broccoli, beets, even summer squash are beginning to show up in gardens and are now available at the Farmers Market in the parking lot at The Market on State in Athens. Larry Cowdery waits on a customer at his booth. The walkway between the two rows of vendors has been increased to encourage social distancing. As the summer progresses, more vendors show up at the Wednesday and Saturday market event.

1. Buckeye Fresh! at the Farmers Market. Buckeye Health Plan is partnering with Produce Perks to host a Buckeye Fresh! farmers’ market day on Saturday, June 5, at Athens Farmers Market, from 1-11:30 a.m., to provide access to healthy, affordable food and raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition to local families. Buckeye members attending the Athens Farmers Market on Buckeye Fresh! Day can get up to $75 in fresh produce.

2. COVID-19 update. Once again, Athens County reported zero new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. There are currently 5,227 cases to date and 60 deaths.

3. Vax-A-Million. If you haven’t entered Vax-A-Million yet, there is still time before the next drawing. For more information and to enter visit To find a vaccine provider near you, visit

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