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West Side Market
1979 W 25th
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 664-3387
www.westsidemarket.org

Admission Price: Free
Hours: Mon and Wed – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri and Sat – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For calendar of events check out the website.

There are several farmers markets in the city of Cleveland. However, there is one that stands out from the rest. The West Side Market is the largest market in Cleveland, with over 100 vendors specializing in ethnic diversity. It’s also the city’s oldest publicly owned market, built in 1840 and designed by Benjamin Hubel and W. Dominick Benes. With a convenient location in the Ohio City Neighborhood and affordable prices, it’s easy to see why people choose the West Side Market over others. And with so many vendors, it may be hard to choose which to buy from. Here are some vendors that are most definitely worth stopping at.

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Boutros Brothers Produce

These brothers specialize in vegetables, and offer a large variety of peppers, tomatoes and onions. If you’re looking for a particular mushroom, head here. Boutros Brothers has an extremely vast variety of mushrooms including shiitake, morel, chanterelle and porcini. The Boutros Brothers take things a step beyond vegetables with a great spread of fruits as well. You can find them at stands 42, 44 and 46. They accept cash, credit and Ohio Direction Cards.

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Kristi’s Produce

Over the past 50 years, this stand has been known as the “potato stand” because it is the only stand to offer customers 14 kinds of potatoes and 10 kinds of onions. Kristi’s products can be bought by the pound or in 50-pound bags. Between the months of August to March, customers can find non-waxed apples that Kristi buys frequently from a local farm. Fresh carrots and cabbage are also sold here throughout the entire year. You can even call Kristi to place an order in advance at (216) 696-6979. However if you prefer to walk the market, Kristi’s stands are 61 and 63.

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Ehab

This stand not only services people who shop at the market, Ehab’s also delivers vegetables to restaurants in the area. This stop provides around 40 different items of produce including potatoes, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables, making it a great spot if you only have a short amount of time and a long grocery list. Support the family company with a visit to the Ehab stand. They accept cash and Ohio Direction Cards and are located at stands 56 and 58.

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Ramos Produce Stand

At the Ramos Produce stand, you will find the hottest and widest selection of peppers in the Cleveland area. Find exactly what you need for that next Mexican meal. Bring on the heat. This stand carries a wide selection of vegetables from Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Ramos also provides a variety of organic vegetables at his stand for those more health conscious in their produce picking. The Ramos Produce stand accepts cash and Ohio Direction cards. Any buyer can find these great offerings at stands three through six.

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Harb’s Produce Stand

Someone looking for culturally unique fruits should pay a visit to Harb’s Produce Stand. This stand has been family owned for over 13 years and carries fruit from all over the world. Find the ripest and freshest of Vitamin C. Also, do you or your family love those individually-wrapped English cucumbers from the grocery store? If so, cut the excess wrapping out of the equation and load up with some of the freshest English cucumbers found throughout the market. These longer and skinnier styles of the common veggie are perfect for the summer months. Harb accepts cash and Ohio Direction cards. Shoppers at the market can find them at stands 39 through 41.

Alexis De Leaver is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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