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
Starting in early May, this farmer’s market really has something for everyone. From delicious baked goods from vendors like Summit Croissants who always have a line and who usually sell out of favorite flavors early…
…to fresh-picked vegetables like those from Red Basket Farm, bursting with ripeness from the garden.
Whatever your preference, I’m thinking you can find a bunch of fresh flowers to brighten your home or the perfect vegetable to concoct something unique for dinner.
If you eat meat, there are several vendors with local organic-fed products like the Snavely’s who raise pork and have the most delicious brats – perfect for a summer cookout.
The market also includes vendors like Ohio City Pasta – you have no excuse not to fix a delicious meal after shopping here.
The season dictates which fruits and vegetables will be available; these pictures are from last September when raspberries and fall flowers were in stock.
And don’t forget to have a cup of coffee, eat a little breakfast and sit and listen to live music that they usually have. Oh, and pick up some fresh kettle corn to snack on the rest of the day!
Are you ready yet? I know I am. Hope to see you there! If not, I hope you’ll shop at your local farmer’s market and support the farmers and makers in your area.