Mulvin's Market: A growing tradition

PERKINS TOWNSHIP Summer is finally here -- that's what the customers at Mulvin's Market said.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TOWNSHIP

Summer is finally here -- that's what the customers at Mulvin's Market said.

Mulvin's Market on Perkins Avenue opened this Friday, much to the delight of loyal customers.

"We don't open until we have sweet corn," Dave Mulvin said Friday.

Dave Mulvin, 50, began working on the family farm in first grade. In those days, having one car an hour in the parking lot was considered a busy day.

Now the soft crunching of gravel can be heard all day, announcing the cars that continuously roll through the parking lot.

Dave's parents, Carol and Charles "Sonny" Mulvin, started Mulvin's Market with a picnic table and some homegrown produce more than 43 years ago.

"My husband was from Pennsylvania," Carol Mulvin said. "He spent summers with his grandfather who was a farmer."

Sonny Mulvin grew to love farming so he planted a garden of his own.

"Pretty soon we had too much for just ourselves," Carol said, and so Mulvin's Market began.

"My dad knew everyone," Dave Mulvin said. "He used to love being out at the market to meet and talk with folks."

Charles "Sonny" Mulvin passed away in 1995, but the market he began remains an important part of the Perkins community.

The familiar red stand on Perkins Avenue, which has become a local landmark, was originally a chicken coop that stood on the property. During the years, they have added many additions and renovations, but the walls of the old chicken coop still stand.

Eight of Carol Mulvin's grandchildren are work at the stand today.

Close to 80 percent of all the produce sold at Mulvin's Market is grown on the Mulvin farms.

"We pick just about everything fresh every day," Dave Mulvin said. "We do our best to maintain a high-quality product -- my mother makes certain of that."

While most of Mulvin's customers are local residents, they do have some tourists that return year after year.

"We're thankful for the business," Dave Mulvin said. "As the community grows, the demand for produce grows."

Dave Mulvin said one of the biggest changes he's seen at the farm is the evolution of farming technology. The new equipment and farming methods mean better results but can also be a costly investment.

One commodity that's priceless on the farm -- rain.

"The last real rain we had was back in early June," Dave Mulvin said. Without rain, many of the crops could be in jeopardy.

With their crops spread out on seven different farms throughout the area though, odds are that at least some will get the much needed rain.

One thing that always pours into the little red stand are the smiling faces, young and old, of local folks looking for fresh tomatoes or homegrown sweet corn.

"Every year it seems like we have to do more to keep up with the demand," Dave Mulvin said.

Mulvin's Market is open from 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. seven days a week through November.