Make a contribution to Countryside's 2018 year-end fundraising campaign today!


2018 is coming to a close - help us end the year strong! Our annual campaign is happening NOW- if you haven't yet, please consider a gift- no amount is too big or too small!- to help us continue to provide YOU with the very best farmers’ markets, food access programs, and educational workshops that promote a resilient and sustainable food culture. Countryside is a 501(c)3 .. Read More

The Countryside Old Trail School Winter Farmers' Market Gift Guide is here!


The first of two Countryside Gift Guides is HERE! Look no further - do your holiday shopping with Countryside this season and feel good about shopping small and keeping it local! Check out the Countryside Old Trail School Winter Farmers' Market 2018 gift guide - there's something for everyone! Click below to download a PDF of the guide. {module_literature filter="item" it.. Read More

Now Hiring ~ Volunteer Coordinator


Countryside is seeking a part-time, year-round, Volunteer Coordinator. Our mission is to connect people, food and land by promoting a resilient, sustainable food culture through programs, advocacy and education. We are a leading expert and innovator in conservation farming and community-based food programs, working in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park, its farms, community stake.. Read More

Countryside Public Market is now open!


The grand opening of Countryside Public Market was a success! Over 800 visitors came to celebrate and shop with our 20+ vendors. Thank you to everyone who came out to show your support and enthusiasm for this new endeavor! Come back each week as the market grows and we add more vendors with new seasonal produce and other foods- there will always be something to discover! Countryside.. Read More

Countryside and Old Trail School Announce New Partnership


Old Trail School and Countryside Announce Farm Project Partnership (Bath OH) Old Trail School and Countryside have announced a new partnership. This partnership, which will be known as the “Farm Project,” has several key goals including creating hands-on educational and curriculum development opportunities for the School, raising of crops and livestock, composting and aquaculture, r.. Read More

Countryside is hiring a full-time Farm Educator!


Countryside Farm Educator Countryside is hiring a full-time Farm Educator! We are immediately hiring a full-time, year-round farm educator to facilitate our beginning farmer program and work with our partner farm. The right candidate will spend their time working with farm interns, school students, and the dining hall staff while managing the farm’s vegetable production, herita.. Read More

Countryside Public Market brings fresh, local food to Downtown Akron!


Countryside is thrilled to launch the first phase of Akron’s very own Public Food Market in Downtown’s Northside District with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - Coming October 28th! With support from Knight Foundation, Countryside has begun the transformation of the Northside Loft’s former parking garage into a fun, indoor, food-centric space for everyone to.. Read More

The Key to Kitchen Composting


Ten years ago, someone walking into a grocery store with a bunch of reusable shopping bags while sipping coffee shop coffee from a reusable travel mug would have gotten a few curious glances or been stereotyped as an extreme environmentalist. Now, those simple practices to reduce waste have become commonplace in our society. What is the next waste reduction practice to enter all of our lives? .. Read More

Market Location Change for July 5th


Due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, Countryside Farmer's Market at Highland Square is relocating for today, July 5th, to Our Lady of the Elms. Our Lady of the Elms is located at 1375 W Exchange St ( The Market will be held normal hours ~ 4pm to 7pm. Please come support the hard-working farmers and food producers! Plus enjoy.. Read More

Countryside is Growing!


In case you haven't heard - Countryside is growing! A New Market! A New Program! New People (wanted)! Big Update #1 - We are preparing to open a year-round public food market in Downtown Akron's Northside Lofts building. We'll be located just below the Northside Marketplace ( This nearly 10,000 square foot space will be home to our Food Markets, Artist's Fair.. Read More

For Immediate Hire: Food Access Associate


The Food Access Associate will assist the Director of Local Food Programs with the administration of SNAP and Produce Perks (a nutrition incentive providing matching funds, up to $20 per day, for the purchase of fresh produce) at farmers' markets in Summit and surrounding counties. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled; position to be filled ASAP. For full descript.. Read More

Zero Waste Countryside at the Howe Meadow Countryside Farmers' Market


The Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow is going Zero Waste! With the introduction of Zero Waste Countryside, our goal is to divert 85% of market-generated waste away from landfills by the end of the 2018 Howe Meadow Countryside Farmers' Market season. Diverting waste from landfills requires a big change, replacing non-recyclable plastic, styrofoam, and plastic-lined p.. Read More

Countryside Farmers' Market Opportunities!


Countryside is gearing up for an exciting 2018 season. Want to be more involved? We have some great opportunities for you! ~ Farmers' Market Culinary Intern ~ Countryside Farmers’ Markets will host weekly cooking demonstrations, Cooking at Countryside, to engage and inspire customers relative to in-season produce and market products. Cooking at Countryside recipes/methods should be si.. Read More

March 3rd - Winter Farmers' Market Moved to Our Lady of the Elms


Due to an extended power outage at Old Trail School, the Countryside Farmers' Market will be held at Our Lady of the Elms tomorrow from 9-12! The Elms is located at 1375 W. Exchange Street, Akron OH 44313 We are sorry for the last minute change, but please try to join us. The vendors work very hard to harvest products and prepare delicious food for all of us. Canceling a m.. Read More

2018 CSAs and More!


Thinking ahead to the coming growing season is one of the things that keeps me going through the dreary months of January and February. Farmer’s aren’t just thinking and dreaming though - they’re working hard to make our fruit, veg, meat and flower dreams come true. They are assessing the previous season to see what worked and what didn’t, taking inventory of their supplies and restocking, pla.. Read More

Winter Weather and Livestock - Reprint Jan 2016


Many people are concerned about the welfare of farm animals during winter and periods of extreme cold. Please be assured the Countryside Initiative farm animals are fine. These animals are born and raised outside like deer and other wildlife. The draft horses grow a thick winter coat each year and their breed is known for their resilience in cold climates. Sheep, pigs, poultry and goats a.. Read More

We're on the Move


Countryside is moving its office to the old Duffy Farmstead on Quick Road in Peninsula. We are still in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and just minutes from downtown Peninsula. We are very excited about this move! This farm allows us space for more educational classes, special events and to get our intern/apprentice program up and running. This will be our home for the next 2 yea.. Read More

Highland Square Farmers' Market Cancelled ~ Thursday, May 25th


This afternoon's Farmers' Market at Highland Square is cancelled due to 100% chance of thunderstorms. Countryside Farmers' Markets are rain or shine, UNLESS there are potential safety issues from severe weather. We are so sorry for any inconvenience and hope that you will join us next week! (If you simply can't wait a week, and I wouldn't blame you, visit us at Howe Meadow on.. Read More

Howe Meadow Farmers' Market Cancelled for May 6th!


In coordination with our Market Manager and Cuyahoga Valley National Park , it was determined that the field and parking conditions at Howe Meadow are too wet to safely handle the market activity. And there is additional rain in the forecast. This is a call that we never take lightly, knowing the negative economic impact cancelling a market has on our farms and vendors, and how much you .. Read More

Welcome to 2017!


Yes, 2017 technically started months ago. For a farmers' market manager though, the beginning of the outdoor market season is really the start of the new year. Much as individuals reflect on the previous year, their values, and the ways that they want to grow and improve in the coming year, I reflect on the previous market season, why Countryside and I do what we do, and how we can do it bette.. Read More

NEEDED: Assistant Farmers' Market Manager


The Farmers' Market season is right around the corner! Countryside needs an Assistant Farmers' Market Manager to help coordinate and execute a fantastic season. Click here (/documents/2017 CFM Assistant.doc) for full job descriptions and application information... Read More

Did You Know...


Whether it's broccoli or bacon, wine or beer, milk or orange juice, potato chips or hummus - our food comes from farmland! That's something we can all agree on. Countryside works hard to connect farmers, food producers and consumers to each other. But making the connection between losing farmland and the food we purchase is not always obvious to people. Did you know that eve.. Read More

2017 CSA Options


Thinking ahead to the coming growing season is one of the things that keeps me going through the dreary months of January and February. Farmer’s aren’t just thinking and dreaming though - they’re working hard to make my fruit, veg and flower dreams come true. They are assessing the previous season to see what worked and what didn’t, taking inventory of their supplies and restocking, plan.. Read More

Heritage Breed Livestock in CVNP


Several of the Countryside Initiative Farms here in Cuyahoga Valley National Park raise livestock. Livestock are animals raised for agricultural uses like meat, fiber and labor. Many of these farms raise Heritage Breed livestock. Heritage Breeds represent historic breeds that were popular in the past for having desirable qualities during that era. Some were raised for things like fib.. Read More

Farmers' Market Intern Needed!!


Countryside Farmers' Markets is looking for a helping hand to plan and execute the markets! Farmers’ Market Intern ~ Winter/Spring 2017 The Farmers’ Market Intern provides support to the Farmers’ Market Manager in planning, preparing for and executing the Countryside Farmers’ Market. This includes on-site support, coordination with vendors and market sites, facilitating market events.. Read More

Remembering Darwin with the Deepest Gratitude


Friends, Many of you have heard, Darwin Kelsey, the Founder and Executive Director of Countryside Conservancy since 1999, passed away over the weekend. My words cannot do just to the impact that Darwin has had on my life. I suspect that if you are reading this, you have felt many of the same impacts. Without Darwin’s passion and commitment to sustainable agriculture and local foods.. Read More

A letter from our Interim Executive Director -


'To everything there is a season'… And indeed, we have seen the sun-kissed lush, green pastures overtaken by crimson horizons and frost-dusted dawns, and still to come the crystal white blanket of winter that ushers in warm hopes for spring. This is the time of year that a farmer's mind shifts from planting and harvest to dreaming and planning for the next season. Fall harves.. Read More

Countryside Winter Farmers' Market Starts Saturday!


Countryside is excited to kick-off another Winter Market season this Saturday! Even throughout the winter, fresh produce is the backbone of the market. Area farms bring a bounty of both hardy storage crops and freshly harvested items. Sustainably raised meats – beef, pork, poultry, even goat (!) – farm fresh eggs, handcrafted cheese, baked goods, jams, coffee, tea, fresh pasta, cured meat.. Read More

Introducing Countryside Field Guide: Thanksgiving


As an organization whose mission is to connect people, food, and land, we are thrilled to share with you a publication to help you make your Thanksgiving as local as you desire. Inside you will find information on ingredients commonly available from local farmers during the run up to Thanksgiving, including turkey breeds, potato varieties, and more - with recipes to provide inspiration for yo.. Read More

Congratulations To Our Founding Director!


Congratulations To Our Founding Director As He Moves Into A New Role! Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Darwin Kelsey! Darwin has announced that he has transitioned his role as the Executive Director of Countryside Conservancy to the role of Director Emeritus. Darwin has served with unwavering dedication as Countryside's Director since its founding in 1999. He is a pi.. Read More

The Vegetable Butcher ~ with Romesco Recipe!


Have you heard about our special guest at the end of the month? Cara Mangini, author of The Vegetable Butcher, and chef and executive chef at Little Eater in Columbus, will be joining us for a Friday evening speaking engagement, and then again on Saturday morning, at the market, for a cooking demo. I am so excited!! Cara's book, The Vegetable Butcher, hits all of my sweet spots: it's .. Read More

Fabulous Fall Foods


Summer is coming to an end and we're starting to see hints of fall around every corner. Kids are back in school, Labor Day has come and gone, nights are getting cooler. Best of all, fall foods are showing up at the market. Don't get me wrong ~ I love summer produce and I'm going to miss it. But the deep flavors of fall and their rich cooking aromas make me swoon. Winter squash have starte.. Read More

10 Great Buys for Labor Day (with Recipes!)


Labor Day is the time to get in on the summer goodness before it's gone. Here are some market items perfect for the holiday and some great recipes to use them in! This chicken is making my mouth water ~ Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce ( Brunty Farms is cutting a Lab.. Read More

Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy Welcome 2 New Farms


Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy are pleased to announce that the National Park Service Regional Director has issued Letters of Intent to lease the 2 farmsteads historically known as the Edgar Farm and the Schmidt Foster Farm. The first farm to receive the news was Oxbow Orchard to be operated by Beth Lomske and Kyla Werlin. Kyla and Beth will be moving into .. Read More

Summit Food Policy Coalition Grows


~~Contributed by Beth Knorr, Executive Director of Summit Food Policy Coalition and Director of Markets at Countryside Conservancy~~ It has been an amazing thing to watch the local food movement grow, shift, expand, and gain momentum over the past twenty years. It has gone from “What is a CSA?” to “How are we addressing transportation issues to increase access in our most vulnerable neighb.. Read More

We are hiring!


Position Available: Part Time Office Assistant Position Summary Countryside Conservancy is accepting applications for a part time Office Assistant. Applications are due not later than Sunday, July 10, 2016. The Office Assistant reports directly to the Executive Director, and has primary responsibility for managing basic office operations. The Office Assistant serves as a.. Read More

Picnic in the Park ~ June 18th


Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow is delighted to present Picnic in the Park on June 18th! In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, and in conjunction with International Picnic Day, Countryside is offering a limited number of special picnic lunches. Picnics are designed to serve two and include three dishes, as well as vouchers for picnickers to select desserts an.. Read More

Highland Square Opening Day 2016!


This season at Highland Square has many special treats in store, and that starts with opening day! First, we'd like to welcome a new vendor and one that's returning after a hiatus from the markets. This year, Oak Tree Farms Hydroponics ( will be joining us. They are a hyper-local farm specializing in lettuces, greens,.. Read More

Howe Meadow Opening Day 2016!


Who's excited to get the outdoor market season kicked off?? Countryside certainly is! We are pleased to be welcoming 7 new vendors to Howe Meadow this season - each adding diversity and depth to our existing vendors and product mix. We are also welcoming back 2 former vendors. Here are some brief introductions: Avant Gardens Farm & Mushroomery ( Read More

Open Position Announcement!


Countryside Conservancy is seeking a highly organized, enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Administrative Coordinator. This is the perfect opportunity to join an organization that is well known throughout the region as a leader on the local food front! Full time position. Send letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Darwin Kelsey: dkelsey@cvcountryside.. Read More

A Revolution is Coming


By Darwin Kelsey, Executive Director Which one, you might ask! Well, it’s not just the one(s) we hear about every night on the news from the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns. It’s one they seem not to have noticed yet. But the good news is, if you are reading this (or much of anything on the Countryside website) you are probably someone who will be pleased to learn abo.. Read More

Board Member Highlight - Douglas Katz


We are very grateful for the work and time that our Board members volunteer to our organization. We have a list of dedicated amazing people on our team, and we would like for you to get to know them. Today we are posting an interview with long-time Countryside supporter, Board member and super-amazing Chef Douglas Katz. Douglas owns several eateries and food businesses in the Cl.. Read More

Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!


This year marks the Centennial of the National Park Service. NPS will officially turn 100 on August 25, 2016! Cuyahoga Valley National Park has a number of special events, from BioBlitz to orchestra performances at Blossom Music Center, happening throughout the spring and summer to celebrate this important milestone. Click here to visit our Centennial Special Events page. (/learn-special-event.. Read More

Spring is Coming! Are you Ready?


Countryside Farmers' Market returns to Howe Meadow Saturday May 7th! .. Read More

We're Hiring!


Countryside Conservancy is seeking a highly organized, enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Farmers' Market Manager. If an exciting career on the front lines of local food is something you dream about, this could be the perfect opportunity! Full time position. Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Beth Knorr: by February.. Read More

Cold Weather & Farm Animals


Many people are concerned about the welfare of farm animals during winter and periods of extreme cold. Please be assured the Countryside Initiative farm animals are fine. These animals are born and raised outside like deer and other wildlife. The draft horses grow a thick winter coat each year and their breed is known for their resilience in cold climates. Sheep, pigs, poultry and goats also h.. Read More

Tomato Tasting Returns to Howe Meadow


Countryside Farmers’ Market’s annual Tomato Tasting will return to Howe Meadow on Saturday, August 29th from 9am-noon. For the 9th consecutive year, the event will feature over 30 varieties of locally grown tomatoes that customers can sample. The tomatoes will be cut up and ready to taste in a center booth so that market goers of all ages can explore the variety of flavors and find their favor.. Read More

Countryside Farmers' Market Hosts Crafty Mart


On Saturday, August 8, Countryside Conservancy and Crafty Mart ( are teaming up to hold the mother of all markets. On that morning from 9am-noon, additional tents will be set up as part of the Crafty Mart pop-up at Countryside Farmers’ Market in Howe Meadow. Visitors to the weekly farmers’ market can always expect to find fresh, local, and sustainable food, as well .. Read More

Live and Farm in the National Park!


The National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with the Countryside Conservancy (CC), announce the next round of long-term lease offerings under the Countryside Initiative (/countryside-initiative-program) program in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). In order to help preserve the park’s rural landscape, the Countryside Initiative invites farmers to live and farm in the park using sustain.. Read More

Howe Meadow Opening Day!


Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow will open for the season on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The market features over 70 vendors selling an array of local food. This season, we're excited to announce the addition of more than 15 new vendors. They will bring a range of new products to the market, including fermented foods, ethnic eats, beautiful terrariums, hand-crafted woode.. Read More

Spring Fling Downtown Market!


Countryside Conservancy celebrates the arrival of spring with a special downtown Akron farmers’ market at the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The two locations will house over 40 local farmers, food producers, and artisans providing seasonal foods and handmade gifts. Visitors will find fresh spring produce; pastu.. Read More

Countryside Featured by National Geographic


The Countryside Initiative program ( was featured in a recent article ( on The Plate, by National Geographic. The article, by Mary Beth Albright, explores the relationship between Countrysid.. Read More

Vendor Applications Now Available


Do you want to be part of a vibrant market set in beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Want to join a market that hit $1 million in sales last year? A market that was voted best in the area by the readers of Akron Life Magazine? Good! Because Countryside Farmers' Markets are now accepting new vendor applications for 2015. If you have a unique, high-quality product that needs to be s.. Read More