Saturday, June 30th the Lakewood Farmers Market (LFM) will open for it’s 2012 season, providing Lakewood residents a weekend downtown destination to eat, shop, enjoy free entertainment, summertime and meet their neighbors. Join us from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in City Center Plaza, right in front of Marc's on Detroit and Cook, for seasonal fruits and veggies, jelly, cheese, meat, plants, coffee, honey, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, music, arts, chef demos and more!
At the market this week...
Face Painting by Changin' Faces Fun ~ Music by Apollo's Groove ~ Guest Artist Brian Taylor ~ Chef Demo with LFM Resident Chef Brian Pew, Dietary Manager and Executive Chef at the Eliza Jennings Network at 11:30
Abby's Kitchen: Red Raspberry, Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Tart Cherry Conserve and Strawberry Rhubarb Jams
Amalfi Gardens: Four types of Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Mixed Lettuces, Onions, Radishes
Bay Branch Farm: Arugula, Chard, Beets: Bull's Blood Red & Touchstone Gold
Whitefeather Meats: Bison, Chicken, Grassfed Beef, Pork and Lamb
Through Market Connect: Campbell's Popcorn, Hummingbird Creations, The Olive Tap and Ohio City Pasta products will be offered
Two more veggie vendors, Kaskey & Knoble Farms, starting July 7th!
In addition to providing Lakewood’s downtown a weekend community event, Lakewood Farmers Market’s mission is to create an incubation space and outlet for local entrepreneurs, from backyard growers to budding and established small food businesses. A number of vendors from previous seasons are Lakewood residents, and LFM is adding more Lakewood-owned small businesses to its vendor list each year. In conjunction with this mission, LFM is continuing its vendor assistance program during 2012 through an Ohio Department Agriculture grant withGrowhio, an organization aimed at educating consumers and increasing the demand for local food. Under the program, furnished vendor "incubator" booth space and technical assistance is available for farmers who have not vended at a farmers market before and will sell produce, herbs, honey or maple syrup. The Lakewood Farmers Market and LEAF, which takes place Thursday nights from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in front of the Lakewood Public Library, accept EBT and will provide a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10) in “Produce Perks” tokens that can be used to purchase fresh produce from local farmers. The program is a partnership with Wholesome Wave and Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.