Sunday, 16th December 2018

Aug 7th Open Air Market - Smashing Success!

Article & Photos Provided by The Bellevue Gazette


Bellevue's 2nd Open Air Market of the season was a smashing success, drawing a great crowd, who shopped for fresh produce, garage sale items, sweet treats, and enjoyed a food demo and delightful music by the Belfiore sisters.

The Market opened at 4 p.m. but a garage sale, organized by the Committee to Grow Bellevue, drew shoppers starting at noon and raised more than $100 before 5 p.m. for the Committee, which will funnel that money back into Bellevue for the betterment of the town.

There was a festive atmosphere, with lots of colorful fresh produce to choose from, which was the basis for a farm-to-table food demonstration by Bellevue native, Ben Staples, a 1999 Bellevue High School graduate.  Staples is a 2001 graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and was previously a personal chef for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Executive Sous Chef at Great Bear Lodge, where for seven years he guided the corporation in all culinary aspects of the business as they expanded and opened many new resorts under the name of Great Wolf Lodge. He was also Executive Chef at Stephen’s Place in Traverse City, MIchigan and many local people have tasted his culinary delights produced by his own hands as chef at Crush Wine Bar and Zinc’s in Sandusky.

Staples now works as a chef at Terra Community College where he is establishing the culinary program as well as overseeing the Terra Conference Center and Terra’s new undertaking, “Tree Tops Café,” where he will be responsible for all catering and food production at the facility.  He, and his Sous Chef, Rob Pullano, a Castalia native who now lives in Bellevue, shopped the farm stands at the Open Air Market and bought produce from Garcia’s Farm Market, Schenk’s of Perkins Township, and Rimelspach Farms, of Fremont, and prepared a fresh corn and avocado salsa while a good crowd looked on.

Vendors seemed happy with the bustling crowd, and some sold out of popular items. The Copper Top Bake Shop was hopping under their tent, where they offered dozens of varieties of their sweet treats, from strawberry pies and cheesecakes, peanut butter pies, and debuted their new hot sandwiches - a hot Roast Beef and an Italian Sausage sandwich. The Cupcake Lady, Brittany Staples, had strawberry filled cupcakes, lemon bars, and orange drop cookies, and Chef Eric Williams offered delicious looking gluten-free treats, like vodka-infused Swiss Rolls, and Vanilla Swiss Rolls. “I can't keep them in stock," he said of the mouth-watering looking treats.  Morgan Corey, 11, of Republic, sold Girl Scout Cookies at her table on Main Street, and Joyce James offered deco mesh and burlap wreaths, rag quilts and other items, while Pat Zerman and Ashlie Winget had Tupperware, and Tabatha Shumway had 31 products for sale.


There are three more Open Air Markets left in the season, so don’t miss out. 

The Markets will be held for the next three consecutive Thursdays.










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