Last Saturday morning, I made it to the final day of the season for the Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market where I found a small but dedicated group of shivering farmers selling the best of the season. My market basket this week included: broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green beans, jerusalem artichokes, and potatoes. I also picked up a couple grass-fed ribsteaks and a jar of homemade plum jam.
Stock Up While You Can: While there are still a few area farmers' markets open, buy extra fruits and veggies and preserve the harvest by canning, freezing, drying or other processing. Last week I stocked my fridge with several batches of homemade pesto. I also froze tomatillo salsa and one more batch of tomato sauce. This week I plan to pick raspberries for jam and the freezer.
Fall Farmers' Market Schedule:
The following markets are still open, open year-round or have scheduled holiday market dates.
Coit Road Farmers' Market: Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am to 1pm YEAR ROUND at Coit & Woodworth Roads in East Cleveland. http://users.ameritech.net/internet/Coit.htm
Countryside Holiday Farmers' Markets: Holiday markets will be held Nov. 3 & 17, 10am to 2pm at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road in Peninsula. http://www.cvcountryside.org/
Euclid Community Farmers’ Market: Fridays, 4-8pm through Oct. 26 at the Shore Cultural Center parking lot, 291 E. 222nd St.
Kamm's Corners Farmers' Market: Sundays 10am to 2pm through Oct. 21 off Lorain Avenue at West 168th Street (municipal lot behind Walgreens). http://t.pm0.net/s/c?6i.2yvv.62.1wo8.20pz
Lake Metroparks Farmpark Farmers' Market: Wednesdays, 3 to 6:30pm through Oct. 31 at Lake Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Rd in Kirtland.
North Union Farmers' Markets: The Shaker Square Market will remain open Saturdays through Dec. 15, 8am to noon. The Crocker Park Market is open Saturdays through Dec.15, 9am to 1pm.
Painesville Main Street Farmers’ Market: Thursdays, 2-6pm through Oct. 25 at 177 Main Street, between State & St. Clair Streets. http://www.painesville.com/.
Tremont Farmers' Market: Saturdays, 9am-1pm through Oct. 20 at Starkweather & Professor in Tremont.