Enjoy fresh food produced right here in the Buckeye State
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.
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.