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To Market We Will Go

Farmer’s Market Season

Is summer here yet? I’m ready for it. We just got a cottage up near Lake Erie and have been going up to do some cleanup and get it ready for the season. I’m determined to enjoy it right now, even with 3 space heaters going and sweatshirt and socks on most times, ha! But I’m really reminded of what summer has in store when I see the farmer’s markets start to popup in Ohio to share the bounty of the season. There are several throughout the city and surroundings, but the one I most attend is in the middle of the Cuyahoga Valley State Park at Howe Meadow, sponsored by the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy

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Think Spring!

Hi, friends. It’s the first week of spring, and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for it! I can see my star magnolia bursting through the buds and the other trees in the neighborhood gradually turning green. The promise of spring is growth and awakening – how awesome that nature can remind us of all there is to love in the world.

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2015 Summer Market

This week I took a trip to a market I discovered last year, The Summer Market, in Avon Lake, Ohio. The market is held every year in a beautiful setting right on Lake Erie at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. The market consists of vintage and handmade vendors, along with food trucks/vendors and a market raffle held inside the Lake House on property. It was a very hot summer day, but I enjoyed the market once again and found some new vendors I like a lot with maybe a new favorite!

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Avon Lake Summer Market

Summer Market

I have to share more details about this wonderful event I attended in July in Avon Lake, the Summer Market.  I’m sure many of you have been there before as it has been held for the past 9 years!  But it was my first time attending and I just had so much fun I decided it deserved its own post with a few more pictures than I posted on Facebook or Instagram at the time.

The setting for this market could not be better, right on Avon’s lakefront park at the end of Rt 83 next to the gorgeous historical Thomas Folger Home.  The market also held a fundraising raffle of vintage and handmade items housed in the Lake House, a smaller property available for party rentals in the center of the market.

Summer Market Summer Market Summer MarketSummer Market Summer Market Summer MarketSome of my favorite vendors were there with lots of great goodies to share.  Urban Chic Decor, a sponsor of the market, brought Memphis Drive-In memorabilia including marquis letters and drive-in speakers along with a tent full of refinished furniture and vintage decor.  I absolutely loved Sew a Fine Seam‘s booth overflowing with whimsical signs, beautiful handmade pillows, and unique finds.

Summer Market Summer Market Summer MarketI was also delighted to discover many “new to me” vendors with so many creative pieces.  I could not get enough of the anchor-themed goods at Girls By The Lake, the booth run by market founders, Kristen Weeden and Erin Stack.  I truly admire what they are doing for Avon Lake and the city of Cleveland (read more on And I spent a fair amount of time in Renaissance Man‘s booth with my own hubby and renaissance man, exploring the nooks and crannies of eclectic, refurbished goodies.

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There were many great food vendors as well, including the Fahrenheit food truck and Cafe Melissa.  We chose to stop by Moosehead for dinner after the market.

I’m so pleased we found this market and enjoyed it thoroughly – I hope you check it out next year!  I know we certainly will.