Out of 7,200 farmers markets, this one was voted among the top 10 markets nationally. "We are the largest farmers market system in the state of Ohio and pretty much the Midwest," says executive director Donita Anderson.
Anderson recommends the 16 varieties of locally dried beans from Alta Mae Farm. "My favorite flavor of beans is called Black Turtle, and I cook them with rice, garlic and onions and serve it as a side with a pork roast with Caribbean seasonings," Anderson says.
Kamm's Corners Farmers Market
Cretan Party Center,
3853 W. 168th St., Cleveland, 216-252-6559, ext. 1400, kammscorners.com
2nd Sunday each month, Feb-May
(on the 1st in April)
"We offer Hungarian specialty foods provided by Lucy's Sweet Surrender as well as Greek prepared goods by City Club Catering," says Jenny Kelley, manager of Kamm's Corners Farmers Market.
There are a variety of salsas and hot sauces available, so you can stop by a booth, grab a tortilla chip and pick your spice level, Kelley says. "My favorite is the roasted garlic and olive salsa provided by Blaze Gourmet."
at Old Trail School
Feb. 4 & 18, March 3 & 17,
April 7 & 28, 9 a.m.-noon
"It actually takes place in a school, so we have access to the cafeteria, and people can buy some breakfast, have a seat and then enjoy some music while they shop," says market manager Beth Knorr. Also, the market offers a variety of unique items ranging from bison to hickory syrup.
"I love oatmeal in the winter, so having oats made from a local farmer is just a great way to start the day," Knorr says. "We have some great jams as well, and putting a little dollop of that on your oatmeal is fabulous."Also try blomma cheese offered by Lake Erie Creamery.
Open all year, it is the only enclosed farmers market that operates at a single, permanent site in Northeast Ohio, says market manager Kevin Scheuring. "The structure was built 80 years ago for the purpose of operating year-round." Coit Market also has greenhouse or hoop house products available in the winter, so you can get fresh produce in the off-season.
"Getting fresh local free-range eggs is a big seller, especially in the winter time," Scheuring says. He recommends the eggs from Carousel Farms. "One of our other main products in the winter are apples from Pleasant Valley Farms," Scheuring says.