NORTH CANTON The popular 720 Market opened the 2017 season at Fieldcrest Estate on May 13. Lynn and Dave Shimko started the open-air market and fair last year. It received a remarkable reception from shoppers who came from all over the county.
The market was held in three locations last year and the Shimkos are continuing that tradition with this year’s events. They kicked the season off at Fieldcrest with the next event on June 24 at Waterside Center on S. Main Street and the final event of the season on October 15 at Gervasi Vineyards.
Lynn Shimko said there were 99 vendors at Saturday’s market with a mix of handmade wares, locally grown farm fare and many makers, bakers, brewers, growers, keepers, upcyclers, pickers and jewelers.
"We started the 720 Market specifically to hold events throughout the summer to highlight local talent and artists. We had 5,000 visitors with the first event last year and we’re hoping to see that many or more today," Lynn said. "There are a few new vendors this year including a day drinks bar, we have some vendors from Columbus and we have a handmade pizza food truck."
One of the first time vendors was Linda Burmeister, owner of Onearth, a Canal Fulton small studio that upcycles items.
"Instead of throwing things away, we take discarded items and remake them to give them new life," Burmeister said. "My husband is a photographer who photographs the beauty of some of the forgotten items. My daughter is also part of the company. She paints on used canvases using discarded paints. We are enjoying being here today and look forward to being a part of the next two sales."
Shimko said that the 720 Market is a new fresh-air approach to shopping, eating and discovering local talent. Plan to visit one of the two remaining for this summer and get ready for lots of food, art and music.