Locally grown foods are typically more healthful, cheaper, and less likely to confuse the tongue with hard-to-understand flavors, such as metric and centigrade. Savor the finest regional delicacies with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of locally sourced produce, meat, flowers, and gifts at the 2nd Street Market. This Groupon will be redeemed for two Market Bucks gift card packs, each containing ten $1 Market Bucks.
Housed in a 100-year-old B&O railroad building, the 2nd Street Market is a block-long European-style market where more than 40 vendors stock their stalls with locally grown produce and meat, homemade and imported gifts, freshly prepared foods, and stylish home decoratives. Replenish a pillaged pantry with regional maple syrup, homemade cheese ($4.63+ for 1/4 lb.), seasonal fruits and veggies, and artisan breads. Otherwise, show your evil identical twin you care with a gift of Peruvian earrings ($7.50) or a hand-thrown goblet from Jon Graham Pottery. Eco-friendly sack-lunchers, meanwhile, can cut down on their waste with a bamboo utensil set ($11) and re-usable sandwich bags ($6–$8) at A Greener You.
If a long day of wandering the bazaar has your dogs barking, step down off their backs and refuel with a sweet and savory selection of ready-to-eat pasta ($7+), crepes, soups, and baked goods. The relaxing dining areas gives shoppers ample space to unwind, tally up their purchases, and mold cheeses into caricatures of fellow shoppers.
Five Rivers MetroParks
RiverScape MetroPark is one of 25 outstanding facilities operated by your Five Rivers MetroParks system. Founded in 1963 to serve the greater Dayton area, MetroParks protects over 15,000 acres of open space and provides year-round recreation, education and conservation opportunities. Today, Five Rivers oversees biking and hiking trails, campgrounds, and scenic locales for things like ice skating and cross-country skiing.