Thursday, May 10, 2007

Farmer's Market to return to Lock 3

Akron will retain its downtown farmer's market co-sponsoring with the Akron Beacon Journal. It will be on Saturdays from 9 AM to noon or 1 PM, is what I'm hearing. I don't have all the details such as whether any of the vendors from the last two summers will be participating.

It was reported in February that many of the vendors would be moving into a farmer's market to be held at Stan Hywet, over where the rich folks live, the ones who can afford organic cheeses and heirloom tomatoes. And indeed, The Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservatory will be operating the Stan Hywet market:

Thursdays 3:30-7:00 p.m. Dates: July 12th — September 27th

They will also operate a farmer's market in Peninsula on Saturdays, so it looks like those valley farmer's goods might not show up at Lock 3. It will be interesting to see who is there and how many will be vending organic foods
. I will be shopping there and will let you know what's for sale!

It also looks like the farmer's markets for downtown workers will continue at Cascade Plaza this summer as well. on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 AM to noon, starting July 6th. The more we can buy locally, the less fuel we are responsible for burning, so be sure to visit your nearest farmers' market this summer. Take the time to chat with the farmers. Find out how much or little they use petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides. Awareness begins with
one-to-one contact and dialogue.

And don't forget to take your cloth bags to the market!


redhorse said...

I went to the Lock 3 market a few years ago and was generally disappointed. There was a guy from Hartville there with great veggies, but otherwise...

It was, however, infinitely better than whatever the Beacon tried to push near their building around the same time. That was a joke.

Terra said...

I love the farmer's markets!

And, I just got my cloth bags. They're so cool. You can get them pretty cheaply from JoAnn's ($4 for 2) and then decorate them yourself.

Village Green said...

Red -- the past two years the market across from the Beacon has been really good. Great local fruit and berries, veggies and some local baked goods. Even a guy with local organic cheese.

I worry about the market going back to Lock 3. The year it was there, attendance was not good. I think it is because you can't see the market from Main St. The once across from the ABJ (it was in two different locations) was very visible and relatively easy to stop, park and shop. I also worry about it being on Saturday. How many of you will drive or bike downtown on a Saturday morning?

Terra --

Another great source for cheap cloth bags are the thrift shops, for those of us with little time for decorative hobbies!