From April to October I reap the benefits of subscribing to Fresh Fork Market, which takes a modern approach to the traditional CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Last winter they started a winter CSA, which I subscribed to and loved. However, after going meat-free this summer, I decided to forgo the winter CSA due to its high meat content and seek out the foods I know and love from other sources. Although I can’t wait to get back to my green FF bags full of goodies, I’m enjoying the hunt for local shtuff. Snowville Creamery (milk and half and half), Velvetview Yogurt (’nuff said), Hartzler Dairy (milk and butter), and Mayfield Road and Mackenzie Creameries (cow and goat cheese, respectively) all have their products available at Heinen’s, which makes my life a lot easier (and tastier). Here are the other sources of my local food this month!
North Union Indoor Farmer’s Market at Shaker Square
I have spent hours on Shaker Square at Dewey’s with my francophone and francophile friends, drawing sideways glances from the monolingual patrons around us as we chat the evening away. All winter long, the North Union Indoor Farmer’s Market occupies two rooms and the hallway right next to my French-friendly coffee (and popcorn!) shop. The market is open every Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00 from January until the end of March, when the market reopens as a traditional outdoor market. This is one of the several indoor markets in Cleveland that let us locavores keep eating the good stuff all winter long!
January 7: I wanted EVERYTHING! I came home with bibb lettuce, a dozen eggs, mushroom fettuccini, Blaze medium salsa and unsalted tortilla chips, spelt maple crunch, red potatoes, garlic, acorn squash, spelt crackers, amaranth, basil and pine nut cheese, and a fabulous bag of beans with over a dozen different varieties!
January 21: I was working, so my AWESOME sister picked up some goodies for me: a dozen eggs, onions, more Bibb lettuce, romaine lettuce, more mushroom Ohio City Pasta, Blaze’s mild salsa, and…BASIL!!!!! She also gave me some Fresh Fork goodies that were abandoned at her house: potatoes, spelt flour, and the weedy looking kind of greens.
West Orchard’s Farm Market
West Orchards is a 5th generation 70 acre family farm not too far east of me in Perry, Ohio, where you can pick your own strawberries and sour cherries in the summer months and buy fresh veggies and herbs from June through December. I was directed to their market after complaining about the price of squash at the grocery store on Facebook. Unfortunately the market closed this weekend for the winter, but I was fortunate to snatch up a couple end-of-the-season products, as well as an hour-long conversation on local eating and all that goes with it!
January 6: On a quest for squash, I paid a measly $2 for a giant hubbard that was the size of my cat and also picked up a bushel of the season’s last apples! (applesauce, please!)