Thursday, December 19, 2013

Where to Shop: Winter Farmers’ Markets

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

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Many locavores, foodies and seasonal CSA members feel somewhat lost when those weekly farmers' markets and farm shares suddenly cease operation at the first gust of winter winds. But fear not, shoppers, as there still are numerous locally grown and crafted items that are available well into the season.

A wide variety of local meats, cheeses, pasta, eggs, baked goods, jams, syrup, honey and other hand-made items are available all winter long at area indoor markets. East, West, South or downtown, there is an option for everyone, so don’t miss the opportunity to continue to support local purveyors throughout the winter by visiting one of the following markets. Check market websites to see what's going to be available.

The Countryside Winter Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School (2315 Ira Rd., Akron, 330-657-2542, cvcountryside.org) runs select Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Check the website for the current schedule.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market at the 5th Street Arcades (530 Euclid Ave., 440-821-0254, 5thstreetarcades.com) runs 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Friday.

The North Union Farmer’s Market at Shaker Square (13111 Shaker Sq., 216-751-7656, northunionfarmersmarket.org) moves indoors for the winter and takes place every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. — noon. NUFM also has an indoor location that runs the same days and hours for Westsiders at Crocker Park (143 Crocker Blvd., Westlake).

Coit Road Farmers’ Market (15000 Woodworth Rd., E. Cleveland, 216-249-5455, coitmarket.org) is one of the city’s oldest, having been around for more than 80 years. It's open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. during winter.

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