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Local farmers markets offer a fresh crop of produce and fun

 

By Sue Botos

Westshore – Summer makes its way to the Westshore, it’s time for foodies to grab their shopping bags (reusable, of course) and head out to the neighborhood farmers markets sprouting throughout the area. Although market managers note that grocery stores have tried to take a bite out of farmers market business with some sustainable, locally sourced items, the markets can’t be beat for the added value of entertainment, socializing and sampling of new products. Here is a local menu.

 

Avon Lake Farmers Market

Where: 32801 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake

When: Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. through Sept. 26

“We seek to improve the lives of people living in Avon Lake and surrounding communities,” say the organizers. “We make local and sustainably grown food more accessible to the community,” they add. A goal of the market is to empower the community and help consumers to make earth-friendly choices.

More info: avonlakefarmersmarket.org

BAYarts Farm & Art Market

Where: 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village

When: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. June 15 through October

BAYarts offers a full slate of events in conjunction with the market. June 15 and July 6 are “dog-
themed” nights and outdoor movies will be shown June 29, July 13 and August 3. The dog-friendly gatherings also offer local foods, artisans, garden needs, home décor items and various demos.

More info: bayarts.net/events/market.html

440-871-6543

 

Frostville Museum Farmers Market

Where: Frostville Museum 24101 Cedar Point Road and Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through October 28 at Frostville, first and third Wednesday

of the month 5-8 p.m. through October at Great Northern

The Frostville Museum in North Olmsted provide a unique backdrop for vendors according to market manager Angie Obbish, who adds that the venue is one of the area’s best kept secrets. “People come and say they didn’t know we were here,” said Obbish, adding that the event boasted about 42 vendors and eight different bands last year. “We also have an on-site kitchen, so we prepare breakfast and lunch,” she added. New this year will be a twice-monthly market at Great Northern Mall, which will be in conjunction with a summer concert series. Plenty of kids activities will be available at both sites, which are also dog-friendly and handicapped accessible.

More info: frostvillefarmersmarket.com     330-592-6518

Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market

FOR SALE – Michelle Romary sells her wares at the Kamm’s Corners farmers market.

Where: 16906 Albers Ave., Cleveland

When: Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through October 8

Entertainment is the unique feature under the big red tent of the Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market, according to marketing manager Bill Markowitz. “It’s a real neighborhood gathering place,” he noted, adding that musical acts range from the local, Alex Bevan, to international, like English blues artist Dave Thomas. “We have so many artists that want to play our market that we have a waiting list,” added Markowitz, who said two of his volunteers are tied to the NEO music scene and have access to various artists of all styles. A healthy living feature is also provided each week with everything from chef demonstrations to blood pressure screenings.

More info: facebook.com/kammsmarket    216-252-6559, ext. 1400

Lakewood Farmers Market

Where: Detroit Road and Cook Avenue, Lakewood

When: Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 24 through October 14

The Lakewood Farmers Market provides a local venue for growers and cottage industries in the city. Organizers state that the purpose is to “encourage entrepreneurship while unifying the community through sustainable endeavors.”

More info: haymakermarket.com   330-422-8034

LEAF Community Farmers Market

Where: 15425 Detroit Road, Lakewood

When: Thursdays 5:30-8 p.m. through October 26

LEAF offers a small, intimate market held outside the Lakewood Public Library. It’s also a distribution point for City Fresh, which serves urban populations without access to fresh foods. A sliding pay scale is offered based on the buyer’s ability to pay, and a week-to-week ordering program is available.

More info: leafcommunity.org    216-367-2834

Cityfresh.org                216-469-0904

North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park

Where: Vine and Main Street, Crocker Park, Westlake

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through December 16

One of the largest markets in the area, this gathering of growers can range from 40 to 80 vendors. Started in 1995 with six families, the event averages about 2,000 visitors per year. Often, the market coincides with other Crocker Park happenings such as food trucks and shows. The market also accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) vouchers and Produce Perks.

More info: northunionfarmersmarket.org    216-751-7656

 

 

 

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