New indoor farmers market comes to New Philadelphia

New indoor farmers market comes to New Philadelphia

Denise Murray, left, and Debbie Aubihl Knisely are preparing to welcome guests to Fresh the Market, an indoor farmers’ market in downtown New Philadelphia.


Fresh the Market announced its grand opening will be Saturday, May 1.

Big D’s Tires was formerly at 150 First Drive SW in downtown New Philadelphia. “The transformation of the tire shop into what it is today is simply amazing,” said Debbie Aubihl Knisely, proprietor of Fresh and Alley Cats Marketplace. “We have had quality and creative contractors under the direction of my husband, Jim Knisely, who has created this warm, welcoming vibe.”

Fresh the Market is an indoor, nine-month (April through December but this year May through December) farmers’ market that allows bakers, makers, farmers, growers and more to offer their wares to locals and visitors.

“To get the market started, we worked with Mark McKenzie of the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers’ Market, Ryan Grosschmit of North Canton Farmers’ Market and our local farming community to actually get their ideas and blessings of creating such a space,” Aubihl Knisely said. “We want, like the TVFM, to be a place of community gathering to bring together our guests and local food producers.”

There are more than 30 vendors with items including baked goods, gluten-free and vegan options, frozen meats, vegetables, lettuce, mushrooms, flowers, fruit, cheeses, country and farm chic decor and more.

Some of the vendors include Haff’s Hot Sauce by Bryan Mehaffey, 3 Peas Market Garden by Eric Williams, Kuhweid Creamery by Dean Putt, Stray Dog Pickles & Mustards by Charly Murphy, Quince Bakery & Artisan Breads by Deb Geiser, Magnolia Spring Farms by Marissa Connolley, Willow Bakery by Kelsey Moore, Country Chic Décor by Chelsea Forsythe, Doggone Good by Julie Boose, Old Thyme Farms by the Brannon Family, EDS Ranch by Joey Ellwood, Charlotte & Matt Schaar, Miller’s Mushrooms by Brent Miller, Yoder’s Soaps by Dorothy Yoder, Ellington Farm Meats by Casey Ellington, M & H Beans by Mike and Hannah Moyer,

D’Orzio’s Italian Baked Goods by Clint and Sandy Lightell, LeMacaron French Pastries & Gelato by Luke and John Freshwater, Michael’s Confections by Michael Freetag, Country Chic Items by Brooke Jasper, Champion Chocolates by Amanda Lawrence, OK Haven Farms by Deborah Brown, Backroom Creations Signs & More by Jeanette and Floyd Spears, Biscottis by Sue (Sue Gaiser), Meadow Co. by Teresa Fisher, Eclectic Synergy by Kierston Young, Daisy Doodles by Lisa Walsh, Deelightful Stitching Bags by Dee Leidlein, Sunny Al’s Microgreens by Allison Bectol, and Paint Valley Farms.

“The changing seasons dictate the inventory that is showcased, which means the market is ever changing,” said Denise Murray, manager of Fresh and sister to Aubihl Knisely. “It’s a spectacular place to feel the energy of this quadrant in New Philadelphia. Fresh the Market is coupled with its sister store, Alley Cats Marketplace, which is an artisan market of art, handcrafts and gifts, so come visit Fresh and experience our slice of New Philadelphia.”

The doors to Fresh the Market will open May 1 at 10 a.m. There will be music by Nick Bonner, an acoustic musician from Massillon, at 11 a.m. He provides vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica and a stompbox foot pedal to create a one-man band style of performance.

Brennady Barnes also will provide folk music at 1:30 p.m. Tuscarawas Valley Farmers’ Market will be on hand to feature what’s new for the 2021 season, and Tuscarawas County Public Library will present a Farm Fun program.

Fresh the Market will open Wednesdays through Fridays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. For special hours and events, Fresh is found on Facebook at or email them at

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