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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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…

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…to fresh-picked vegetables like those from Red Basket Farm, bursting with ripeness from the garden.

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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.

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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.

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The market also includes vendors like Ohio City Pasta – you have no excuse not to fix a delicious meal after shopping here.

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The season dictates which fruits and vegetables will be available; these pictures are from last September when raspberries and fall flowers were in stock.

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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!

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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.

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