BUY LOCAL: 15 CLEVELAND FARMERS MARKETS YOU NEED TO HIT UP

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LAYNE GIBBONS

APR 18, 2019

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IMAGE VIA GATEWAY 105 FARMERS MARKET FACEBOOK

One of the best parts about spring and summer (besides the better weather) is the chance to roam around one of Cleveland’s many farmers markets. We’ll say it: there is no better feeling than roaming these vendors and filling a tote with freshness from local purveyors and farmers.

How can we say no to Cleveland-born fresh fruits and vegetables!? Skip the sketchy supermarket aisles, and take in the sights, sounds, and (hopefully) some cheese samples by hitting up one of these local farmers markets!

With eight markets in and around Cleveland plus two winter indoor markets, you’re never too far away from a North Union Farmers Market. Visit Crocker Park, Chagrin Falls, Legacy Village, or Playhouse Square—just to name a few—to grab some wholesome goods. And if you think these markets just sell food, you’re dead wrong. There are over 30 vendors that supply art, jewelry, and even things for the home. There’s literally something for everyone at one of these markets.

Arguably the most well-known farmers market in Northeast Ohio, the West Side Market is a staple in our small city. Since it opened its doors in 1912, the West Side Market has been selling local vegetables, fruits, meats, and treats, all for our joyful consumption. On the outside, you can browse all the local produce, and on the inside, you can browse artisan meats, cheeses, and other goods from our neighbors. Fitt Tip: as a rule, with so many local goods, don’t trust anyone who can leave this Ohio City market empty-handed. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7am to 4pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 7am to 6pm; Sundays, 10am to 4pm, year-round.

One of the coolest things about farmers markets is their history. Coit Road Farmers Market, for example, has been buzzing since the 1930s. But they’re more than just your average market. They have a connection to the community, working with nonprofit organizations and other local programs that give Cleveland fresh foods without the hefty price tag. Stop by Woodworth Rd. to grab vegetables, fruits, plants, and more! Saturdays, 8am to 1pm, year-round; Wednesdays, 10am to 1pm, June to October.

With all of their summer festivals and their awesome farmers market, what’s not to like about Tremont? After strolling through Lincoln Park, the sights, sounds, and smells of their 40+ vendors should definitely grab your attention. Starting in May, locals shop and mingle with vendors all over Northeast Ohio every Tuesday. And June through August, show up for Tremont’s awesome music series that goes on during the market! There will be local bands or musicians doing their thing in the gazebo from 4–7pm. Tuesdays, 4pm to 7pm, May to October. 

Lakewood Farmers Market kicks off this June—just like it does every year—and we can’t wait to get our hands on some Ohio City Pasta (among other local fares)! Aside from the classic produce, fruits, vegetables, and jam, they also have products from local businesses like Kayello Coffee and Blaze Gourmet Salsa. So, if you’re bored on a Saturday morning, head over to Lakewood’s City Center Park for some live music and food to feel good about. Saturdays, 10am to 1pm, June to October.

For the past 10+ years, Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market has been gracing downtown’s Municipal Parking Lot—and it’s hard not to stop by every Sunday morning. Picture this: rows and rows of fresh produce, artisan cheeses, freshly-made bread, and even live chef demonstrations, all while live music plays in the background! With a vibe this good, why would we ever want to go back to Giant Eagle? Sundays, 10am to 1pm, June to October.

The Ohio City Farm Stand is pretty incredible. Yes, their sometimes-spur-of-the-moment pop-up stands sell amazing produce from their urban farm, but it’s their mission that sets them apart: Giving back to the community and to the underprivileged. It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to eat healthy, right? Ohio City Farm Stand feels the same way. Not only do they sell produce that’s actually affordable, they also sell their goods to local restaurants in the area, and even have CSA subscriptions. Various dates throughout the summer.

June is going to be one busy month for farmers market shoppers. Euclid Farmers’ Market opens their metaphorical doors again this June! Setting up on the side of Euclid Shore Cultural Center, you can just as easily grab some fresh flowers for your home or some crisp apples to make a pie; whatever you’re digging, Euclid Farmers’ Market probably has it. Fridays, 3pm to 6:30pm, June to October.

There’s something about shopping and eating local that makes us feel like a productive part of the community. Not only are we buying quality ingredients, but we’re meeting the growers, too. BAYarts Farm and Art Market treats us every Thursday night at the ever-gorgeous Lake Road in Bay Village — something tells us you can’t get those views at Marc’s. If prior years are any sampling, check out some popular vendors like Burning River Baking Co., Rocky River’s Sweet Melissa’s, and Backattack Snacks! Thursdays, 5pm to 8pm, June to October.

Some may know Frostville Museum for its history tour of Central Ohio. And while that’s educational and all, we like coming by this museum for their Saturday morning farmers market. Sure, they have an indoor market that’s open November–April, but we love browsing those vendors in the sunshine. All produce is grown within a 75-mile radius of Cleveland, and vendors offer artisanal breads, organic free-range meats, and even eco-friendly goods for the home. Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, May to October.

Starting in June, you’re going to stumble across one hell of a market on the corner of E. 105th and Ashbury. Yes, most markets offer nutritional products that we all know and love. But Gateway 105 always has something special planned for opening day (like wine tastings, smoothies, or live music while you browse the Glenville market. They even have sustainability and live cooking workshops! Fridays, 3pm to 7pm, June to September.

Most people associate farmers markets as being super early on weekends. But that’s not the case when it comes to Lakewood Earth and Food Community Farmers’ Market (better known as LEAF). This market goes down every Thursday night at Lakewood Public Library. Say hello to your growers and neighbors as you pass by the likes of past vendors Bay Branch Farm, Mo’ Bite Products (for all our vegan readers), and Origins Beanery. Thursdays, 5:30pm to 8pm, June to October. 

The historic Slavic Village is coming to the corner of Fleet St. and 52nd St. to host a variety of local vendors. Free-range meats, local jams, sticky honey—you name it! More importantly, don’t forget about their Village Fest that kicks of farmers market season on June 4th. This free community meal consists of local ingredients, which is great and all, but the real kicker is that all visitors are encouraged to bring homemade desserts! Now that’s one sweet way (get it?) to connect with our neighbors. Mondays, 4pm to 7pm, June to October.

Royalton Road is home to a lot of storefronts. But why deal with long lines and busy parking lots when you can get everything you need from the Strongsville Farmers Market? Buy some local honey to add some sweetness to your life or some fresh flowers from a local grower for a loved one. And the more you come to these markets, the more you’re able to put a face to the products you buy; which is pretty rewarding if you ask us. Thursdays, 2pm to 6pm, July to September.

If you’re in the Parma area on a Saturday morning, be sure to find your way to Stearns Homestead for their summer farmers market. This 48-acre farm is home to animals, a country store, and historic homes. Plus, it’s not everyday we grab groceries from the actual farm they came from — that’s as local as it gets, friends. Swipe up some fresh eggs from their own chickens, lotions made from goats milk, and local baked goods before heading back to concrete reality. Saturdays, 10am to 2pm, June to October.

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