Shopping at a farmers market is something other than just buying groceries. It is more than a simple exchange of goods. There is a sense of community between vendors and patrons. Beyond the satisfaction of knowing where their food comes from, the people get to know each other. It becomes a living palate for both food and friendship.
On a recent cold and dreary Saturday afternoon at Howe Meadow, vendors and patrons alike exchanged smiles and welcoming pleasantries amid the scenic surroundings of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Despite the chill, there was magic in the air. Excitement about the season and what’s to come. Anticipation for what this year’s crop yield will bring. Sharing in the joy of honest work and fresh product, as well as the nourishment that can only come from food prepared with love.
In contrast, the opening day of the Highland Square Farmers Market was a picturesque warm sunny day in the city. The sound of busses and cars on W. Market St. was woven into the rhythm of drum beats, children laughing, and neighbors catching up as they filled their market bags with fresh greens, asparagus and local honey.
No matter which market you attend, the sense of community exists.
The Akron area is fortunate to have both the ecological conditions and public that supports sustainable local farming. Likewise, we are fortunate to have a multitude of locations to shop for locally-grown fresh produce.
We’ve curated a list of local markets for you to attend this summer. Get to know your local growers, your neighbors, and perhaps even a new vegetable or two.
Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow Season: Open Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm and runs through October 29 Where: 4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Countryside Farmers Market at Highland Square Season: Open Thursdays from 4 pm – 7 pm through September 29 Where: Conger Ave. and W. Market St., Akron
Szalay’s Farm & Market Season: Open daily from 9 am – 7 pm through October 31 Where: 4563 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Hudson Farmers Market Season: Open Saturdays 9 am – 12:30 pm through October 8 Where: Village Green, corner of Rts. 91 & 303, Hudson
Munroe Falls Farmers Market Season: Open Tuesdays from 3 pm – 6 pm through September 27 Where: Brust Park on Route 91, Munroe Falls
Farmers Market in the Falls Season: Open Fridays from 3 pm – 6pm through September 20 Where: Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls
Akron Farm & Flea Market Season: Open 10 am – 2 pm on the second Sunday of the month from June 12 – September 11 Where: Urban Eats and Musica, 51 E. Market St., Akron
Copley Creekside Farmers Market Season: Open Thursdays from 3 pm – 7 pm through early October Where: 1265 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Copley
Anna Dean Farmers Market at the O.C. Barber Piggery Season: Open Tuesdays from 2 pm – 6 pm through September Where: O.C. Barber Piggery, 248 Robinson Ave., Barberton
Stow Community Farmers Market Season: Open Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm through early October Where: Stow Community United Church of Christ, 1567 Pilgrim Dr., Stow
Haymaker Market Season: Open Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm through October 29 Where: Franklin Ave. & Summit St., Kent