TOLEDO — A group of volunteers in Toledo are calling on local area farmers, craftsmen and artists to help start a weekend community market.

“We are looking for local farmers and vendors who want to sell their goods in town,” said Rick Lovell, head of the community market efforts for the local group Vision:TOLEDO.

Lovell said the Toledo Saturday Market will be located downtown on the lot opposite the Toledo Post Office, next to City Hall and the Flying K gas station, which he owns.

The market is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 28 and operate on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vision:TOLEDO is a grassroots organization aimed at revitalizing downtown Toledo and emphasizing its access to the Cowlitz River.

The group was created after a Christmas-morning fire damaged or destroyed several buildings in town and a long-time “anchor” business closed its doors. The market is one part of a greater effort to rejuvenate Toledo as a small-but-friendly, outdoors-loving, riverfront artist community.

“Having something like a farmer’s market is more than just a place where people get together to sell food,” said Emily Owen, another member of Vision:TOLEDO. “This is a way for people to meet their farmers, get to know their food and support local businesses.”

Local farmers interested in participating in Toledo’s farmer’s market can contact Rick or Tonya Lovell at (360) 864-2121 or by e-mail at