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Friday, October 12, 2007

Farmers' Market Report: October 13


It's that time of year again. While the local harvest is still plentiful, all around us are signs of the coming fall (and winter). One of the most alarming indicators of the seasonal change is that, one by one, the beloved farmers' markets we enjoy all spring and summer start to close.

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.

But what should a dedicated local eater to do once the markets close? Below is a list of tips and ideas to help you extend your fall harvest season into winter and beyond.

How are you extending the local harvest this season? Drop us a line at cafecinq@roadrunner.com and let us know.

Get to Know a Farmer: Find out how you might purchase farm-fresh foods directly from the farm. Many farms have regular business hours or would be happy to make an appointment to meet with customers throughout the winter months. Some farms are even willing to deliver larger orders.

Supermarket Local: More local retailers are carrying Ohio produce and products. Heinen's, Zagara's, Dave's and other locally owned grocers feature a variety of local produce and products in their stores. Just yesterday at Zagara's I found my perrennial favorite cracker from Crumbs Bakery in Athens and a new 100% grass-fed cheddar produced by Middlefield Original Cheese Coop. If you don't see local products, be sure to ask your grocer for them.

Pick Berries: Yes, you can still pick berries! Rosby's Berry Farm expects to have raspberries available (u-pick & pre-picked) until the first hard frost, usually around Halloween. You can pick up fairytale pumpkins, squash, gourds, cornstalks and other autumnal decorating items at Rosby's nursery. Rosby's Berry Farm is located at 42 E. Schaff Road in Brooklyn Heights. Call 216.6102 x2 for the latest berry update or check their website at http://www.rosbycompanies.com/.

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.

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