A note from the farmers' market manager...



A note from the farmers' market manager...

I didn't realize how starved I was for summertime produce until I saw baby carrots at the market last week and let out an audible squeal. It's no secret that this time of year in Northeast Ohio is dull and grey as we patiently await our turn for seasonal rewards.


Perhaps that is why I am so stinkin' excited for opening day of Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow. It is both a culmination and a beginning, and deserves the celebration of holiday status. As overwhelmed as I am with all of the planning, I am equally thrilled to be spending my Saturday mornings at my favorite meadow again.


Speaking of baby carrots, I only recently learned the story behind those bad boys. (Only recently, you say? Yes, I am still learning things all the time.) Baby carrots - not to be confused with baby-cut carrots, are harvested before maturity, thus giving them their miniature status, and generally sweeter and more tender nature. The bagged baby-cut carrots in grocery stores are cut and skinned from larger carrots to imitate actual baby carrots, and are generally washed with a solution to maintain their texture and color.


For a carrot that is less removed from reality and from its producer, I would recommend actual baby carrots from a farmers' market rather than baby-cut carrots.
And you're in luck! You'll be able to find baby carrots amongst a sprinkling of other produce, such as onions, potatoes, radishes, shallots, beets, apples, spinach and other greens.


This season will also feature the debut of 14 new vendors: 24 Karrot Kitchen, Cottage Candle Company, Dude Ranch Mushrooms, Front 9 Farm, Hummavore, Juliabelle's Seasonings, Rubs & Mixes, NOSH Butters, Peaceful Fruits, Simple Times Mixers, Sixth City Sauce, SMYRNA Mediterranean Morsels, Tierra Verde, Western Reserve Heritage Seed Company, and Young Entrepreneur Market, which features a rotating mix of student entrepreneurs.


While it may not feel like summer just yet, I invite you to dress in your intermediate outerwear, grab your umbrella and your shopping tote, and join us in celebrating the opening day of the sixteenth season of Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow.
See you when the cowbell rings!