It’s time to indulge in fun activities like Indians games, swimming, hiking, and enjoying free entertainment around the city. One of the best, inexpensive things to do in the Cleveland area during the summer is visit the local farmers markets in town.
Coit Road Farmers' Market
Located on the corner of Coit and Woodworth Road, the marker is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to their website, the mission of the market is to provide affordable, locally grown farm fresh products to residents of Greater Cleveland.
The market’s 80th anniversary will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration will include activities for all ages, including entertainment, games, information tables, health screenings and food.
The West Side Market
Located at the edge of the Ohio City in Cleveland on 25th street. The 95-year-old West Side market contains a duel inside and outside market. Outside contains fresh produce such as tomatoes, corn in season, oranges, lemons, onions, potatoes, and more. There are also usually fresh flowers.
The inside market contains fresh meats, dairy and bakery items for sale. Items for sale here include Amish chickens, fresh Hungarian sausage, freshly cut steaks and pork chops, strudels, and hard and soft cheeses. Ohio City Pasta sells their homemade pasta here; the Cheese Shop offers more than 140 different kinds of cheese; and there’s an adjacent fish market with all varieties of fresh fish and seafood.
The most attractive quality about the West Side market is the consistent low prices and the beautiful architecture of the building in which it is located. Hours are Monday and Wednesday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The North Union Farmers' Market
This market at Shaker Square is one of the first and best in the area. Open Saturdays from 8am until noon from April through December on Shaker Blvd. in the middle of Shaker Square, the market sells fresh in-season produce, home-made honey, fresh flowers, freshly-baked goods, home-made jellies and jams, and beans and grains. Many of the goods are organically grown. Special events include the June strawberry fest and mid-summer Garlic fest.
There have also been off-shoots of this successful farmers’ market, such as the North Union market in Lakewood. They set up each Wednesday between 10am and 2pm from July through September at the intersection of the Arthur extension and Detroit Road. The market has fresh produce, canned goods, freshly-baked goods, and often a guest appearance from a local chef. There is another similar off shoot of North Union in Crocker Park. The Crocker Park market is located in Westlake, and open on Thursday evenings.
The Tremont Farmers' Market
Open on Tuesday’s from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., located in Lincoln Park. The mission of the Tremont Farmers’ Market is to preserve the connection between local growers and the customer, and educate consumers about buying local, fresh produce. TFM features a wonderful selection of local food producers. In addition, they have cooking demonstrations, musicians, and a great atmosphere.
-Kate Murphy / CBS Local