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Issue Date: January 2011


Fresh, Not Frozen


Christina Bernecker

Palm trees along the shoreway? Never going to happen. Sunbathing sans your parka? Wouldn't recommend it. Buying farm-fresh foods in winter? Definitely. While most farmers markets are on hiatus, we found three that take business inside.

North Union Farmers Market

13207-09 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-751-7656; Saturdays, Jan. 8-March 26, 9 a.m.-noon
Look For
Grass-fed beef, antibiotic- and hormone-free pork, maple syrup, honey, eggs, cheese, winter greens, apple herbs, potatoes, lettuce
How They Do It
North Union works with local farms to provide "season extension," using techniques such as hydroponics. "It allows for our farms to grow products like lettuces and other greens all year-round," says market manager Emma Anderson.
Why Go
"We are certified-local only," Anderson says. "We go out to farms and make sure they are growing everything they say they are."

Coit Road Market

15000 Woodworth Road, East Cleveland, 216-249-5455; Saturdays, 8 a.m-1 p.m.
Look For
Apples, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, winter squash, onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, butter, cheese, eggs, spices
How They Do It
At this community garden and urban farm, many products are grown on the property when in season. Greens sold during winter are grown at greenhouses such as Burton Floral and Garden.
Why Go
"This market has been around for 78 years," says Kevin Scheuring, market manager and vice president of East Cleveland Farmers Market Preservation Society. "It's the only farmers market in Northeast Ohio that's open year-round."

Kamm's Corners Indoor Farmers Market

3853 W. 168th St., Cleveland, 216-252-6559; Second Sunday of every month through May, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Look For
Meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, bread, bulk grains, maple syrup, pickles, olive oil, jams and jellies, salsa, hot sauces
How They Do It
Seasonal produce disappears in early winter, but the market still has plenty of local offerings. "These products are locally made, high quality and delicious," says Jenny Kelley, market manager.
Why Go
"We were the first to start an indoor market on the West Side," Kelley says. "So, we have an established customer base, and we attract the best vendors."
Comments:
Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:46:28 AM by Steve Lorenz
The Kamm's Corners Winter Farmers Market is fabulous, with over 20 vendors including prepared foods for lunch while you shop!

Easy to get to in the heart of Kamm's Corners (Lorain at Rocky River Drive). See www.kammscorners.com and look for the farmers market icon.

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