Places to go in your Chevrolet : 5 Farmers Markets for a Delicious Summer in Ohio


Enjoy fresh food produced right here in the Buckeye State

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Agriculture has long been an integral part of Ohio, to the extent that it’s often said that every “true” Ohioan knows what’s supposed be “knee high by the Fourth of July” (the answer is corn crops). As you might imagine, the state is home to some of the tastiest farmers markets in the country. With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to start perusing these five great farmers markets for local foods, products and more.

Findlay Market

Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market, the Findlay Market Building was founded in 1852, and to this day it remains one of Cincinnati’s most iconic and popular institutions. Located in the city’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Findlay Market hosts a year-long farmers market every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Everything sold is locally grown and most of it is recently harvested, including fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. There are also lots of local baked goods, jams, jellies and handmade items, as well as the occasional street performers. For more information, visit http://www.findlaymarket.org/farmers-market.

North Union Farmers Market

One of the first and finest farmers markets in the area, the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square in Cleveland, has been going strong for twenty years now, providing locals with some of the best local foods in Northeastern Ohio. Open every Saturday from 8:00 am to noon, the Shaker Square Market got its start in 1995, when six area farmers brought in trucks filled with tomatoes, sweet corn, apples and berries. Today, the market is host to 128 vendors, ranging from mushroom farmers to local artists. Students from the Cleveland Institute of Music often show up to play for donations, adding even more flavor to the wonderful atmosphere. For more information, visit http://northunionfarmersmarket.org.

Clintonville Farmers Market

This nonprofit farmers market on North High Street in Columbus is a producer-only market, meaning that everything at the market is grown or made by the stall farmer or cottage food producer. Clintonville Farmers Market features fresh, local, seasonal and delicious Ohio foods in a casual, laid-back setting with a strong sense of community. The market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and during peak season (beginning in July), on Wednesdays from 4-7:00 p.m., as well. For more information, visit http://www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org.

Athens Farmers Market

When it comes to southeastern Ohio, there aren’t many farmers markets that can top the Athens Farmers Market. Stationed a short distance from the Ohio University campus in a parking lot on East State Street, the Athens Farmers Market eatures local baked goods, meats, cheeses, produce, salsas and more. The market is open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon year-round, but they have Wednesday and Thursday hours during the summer. When the weather is warm, local musicians are more likely to come out and perform, too. For more information, visit http://www.athensfarmersmarket.org.

Toledo Farmers Market

Northwestern Ohio’s premier farmers market is located in the Warehouse District of downtown Toledo. The Toledo Farmers Market boasts over 80 vendors, making it the biggest in the area. In addition to a plethora of local food, the downtown market is also host to frequent fun events, ranging from live jazz to free face-painting for kids. For more information, visit http://www.toledofarmersmarket.com.

Be sure to check out one or more of these farmers markets this summer. Your taste buds will be very happy with your decision.

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Vehicle Preview: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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All-new premium design that’s longer, more comfortable and more fuel-efficient

An American classic for more than 50 years, the Chevrolet Malibu is completely new for 2016, from the ground up. Longer, roomier and significantly lighter than before, the exciting 2016 Malibu is also more efficient, and it’s packed with new features and innovative new connectivity and technology. There’s also a new Malibu model for 2016 – the exceptionally efficient Malibu Hybrid.

“Midsize car customers tell us they want great fuel economy and connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Malibu Chief Engineer Jesse Ortega.

Available in L, LS, LT and Premier trims, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu sits on a new wheelbase that’s 3.6 inches longer than previously. It’s 2.3 inches longer overall, and it’s also nearly 300 pounds lighter. These changes equate to greater driving comfort, more interior space, better handling agility and improved fuel economy.

Debuting a new hybrid powertrain that was developed using knowledge gained from the plug-in Volt hybrid, the front-wheel drive 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will deliver a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined, economy unsurpassed in the segment, and it can travel up to 55 mph on electric power alone. The Malibu Hybrid powertrain includes an all-new direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, a two-motor drive unit similar to the one in the 2016 Volt, and an 80-cell, 1.5-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 182 hp.

The non-hybrid 2016 Malibu is standard with an all-new 1.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine. Lightweight and powerful, the turbocharged 1.5-liter produces 160 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque – torque comparable to that of the outgoing 2.5-liter four-cylinder, in a vehicle almost 300 pounds lighter. Fuel-saving engine start/stop technology helps the four-cylinder-equipped Malibu return an impressive 27 mpg city––an eight percent increase over the previous model––and 37 mpg highway.

Also available is a high-output 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with an all-new GM-developed eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter will generate an estimated 250 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque while returning 32 mpg highway.

A completely new exterior design features slim, sweeping headlamps, a more aggressive-looking dual-port grille and eye-catching body creases that increase visual intensity. The new Malibu is more aerodynamic that before, and available Active Grille Shutters improve aerodynamics further. The restyled Malibu can be equipped with full LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps, creating a more sophisticated look.

Step inside and stretch out in the roomiest Malibu ever. The five-seat cabin has an additional 1.3 inches of legroom, for a total of 38.1 inches, and there’s a big 15.8 cubic foot trunk.

The redesigned Malibu is rich with the latest connectivity technology, including segment-exclusive OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle connectivity, available wireless phone charging and available dual rear-seat USB ports with 110-volt power outlet. Standard on most Malibu models is the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with seven-inch color touchscreen or the eight-inch MyLink system with 3D map viewing. The seven-inch MyLink system features the convenient Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems, fully integrating smartphone features into the vehicle display for smart, simple, hands-free operation.

You can have as much luxury as you want in your new Malibu, too. Items like Galvano satin chrome trim accents are standard, and amenities like perforated leather upholstery and (Malibu-first) ventilated seats are standard in the new Malibu Premier trim.

New Teen Driver technology mutes audio and any paired devices when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts. Teen Driver also features visual and audible warnings when the vehicle exceeds preset speeds. Chevy’s Teen Driver system is the industry’s first with a built-in component that lets parents view on a screen how the vehicle was driven, including maximum speed, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged.

Malibu also includes a comprehensive list of standard and available driver assist technologies, including Front Pedestrian Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front and Rear Park Assist and Intellibeam automatic high beams.

The reimagined Chevrolet Malibu is ready to extend its 50-year reign as an American favorite. Attractive, seriously efficient and great to drive, the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has the comfort, safety and connectivity to fit a wide range of family lifestyles and budgets. Contact us today for more details and updates on availability, so when the new Malibu arrives later this year, you’ll be at the front of the line.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. www.jackmaxton.com