Fresh produce, flowers and artisan products — there’s so much to love about a farmers market. So before you hit up the grocery store, try spending your summer doing some of your shopping at one of the many farmers markets in and around Cleveland. It’s a great way to meet the farmers who grow your food and get tips on preparing it, right from the source.
Chagrin Falls Farmers Market: All vendors at this Sunday market have farms within a 100-mile radius and the market’s staff has personally visited each farm to ensure the vendors are selling items they personally produce. “This means we can be sure customers are purchasing high-quality, locally grown produce,” says Emma Visnic, marketing manager for North Union Farmers Market. “It’s a wonderfully well-rounded mix of fresh and local fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats and local baked goods.” northunionfarmersmarket.org
Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow: Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you really can’t beat this pastoral setting featuring vendors offering fresh produce along with pasture-raised meats, local art, artisan cheeses, dog treats and more each Saturday. “Twelve of our vendors are new to the market this season,” says Christina Hill, marketing and communications specialist. “Our goal is to create a space where customers can meet their farmers and purchase their food directly from the producer.” countrysidefoodandfarms.org
Tremont Farmers Market: The Tremont Farmers Market, held in Lincoln Park, started out of necessity — there’s no grocery store in the neighborhood — and quickly outgrew its original space at Lucky Park. “It’s become part of the community,” says market manager Lisa Nemeth. “Neighbors love getting to know the farmers and where their food comes from, and seeing their neighbors every Tuesday.” While the Tuesday market is food-centric, it also features a few artisans selling items like candles and soap. experiencetremont.com