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We are hiring! Farm Manager Wanted!

13-Oct-2019

Countryside is seeking an experienced farm manager to run our Learning Farm. This farm is home base for our Beginning Farmer Intern program and is owned by Old Trail School. Together, we partner to grow new interns and expand the learning experiences for students in this fully equipped certified organic farm in Bath. To learn more about the position CLICK HERE (/Farm Manager Job Descripti.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • A Salute to Volunteers

09-Oct-2019

Volunteers are the backbone and the best kept secret of Countryside Farmers' Markets. I would run out of fingers if I tried to count the number of times my day has been saved by volunteers. It's hard to express the level of dedication and the ways in which they go above and beyond at our farmers' markets. And they don't even get paid. It sometimes baffles me that they keep coming b.. Read More


Fall & Early Winter Farmers' Market Events

06-Oct-2019

Anniversary Celebration (https://www.facebook.com/events/1281559475357713/) Sunday, October 20th | Countryside Public Market Countryside Public Market is turning one! Join us for our regular farmers' market plus fun fall activities for kids, a chili cook-off, pumpkin donuts, food demonstration, live music and more! Halloween at Howe Meadow Saturday, October 26th | Countrysid.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Celebrating Community

01-Oct-2019

~ from Alicia, Countryside Public Market Site Manager ~ Countryside Public Market will be celebrating our one year anniversary this October and I, for one, can’t believe it’s already been that long! What they say is true, time really flies when you’re having fun. I’d like to take this time to give thanks to all of our customers who have been so supportive. As I’ve said be.. Read More


Local Turkey Pre-Orders NOW OPEN

28-Sep-2019

It’s not too early to order your turkey for Thanksgiving! Read on to see where you can buy your local turkey this year. Trapp Family Farm Price: Organic-fed and moved to fresh pasture daily - $4.75/lb. To order: Request an order form at trapp.family.farm@gmail.com Pick-up: At their farm (1019 W Streetsboro Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264) on November 24th and 26th. .. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Farmers' Market Eve Anxiety

24-Sep-2019

~ from Serena, Farmers' Market Manager ~ Managing a farmers' market is not as glamorous as one might think. There are ins and outs I never thought I would encounter in my lifetime. Fueling up and maintaining a diesel vehicle, becoming an absolute aficionado at ratchet straps, teaching someone how to start a generator, and knowing the correct kind of spray paint that will mark upsi.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Preserving Summer

17-Sep-2019

~ from Alicia, Countryside Public Market Site Manager ~ This time of year, NEO is bursting with a variety of local produce! The bounty feels pretty endless, well at least until that first frosty day hits you like a ton of bricks and reality sets in. Sorry, I didn’t mean to jar you with that thought but that reality is on the horizon for us all. If only there was a way that we could freeze.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Spirituality through Spinach

11-Sep-2019

~ from Serena, Farmers' Market Manager ~ It finally happened. I had a spiritual experience while eating spinach. I never even liked spinach that much. I knew it was good for you, and wouldn't mind if it was in a dish, but I could take it or leave it. That is not the case anymore. In some sort of Popeye fashion, I started to wildly crave spinach about a month ago. A farmer a.. Read More


Celebrating Impact • More Than Numbers

10-Sep-2019

~ from erin, Director of Local Food Programs ~ Stacy discovered Countryside Farmers' Markets a few years ago. She had recently had her second daughter and was receiving WIC benefits. WIC was distributing their Farmers' Market Nutrition Program vouchers at the Highland Square market. This was Stacy's first visit to any farmers' market. She was thrilled to receive the $20 worth of vouchers f.. Read More


Farm Field Notes • Red Basket Farm

10-Sep-2019

This season, Countryside is taking the opportunity to visit the farmers and farms who participate in our markets. We do this to verify that farms are producing the products that they bring to markets, as well as get to know them better – to learn more of their stories, their techniques, their successes and their challenges. We want to share what we’ve learned with you! Eating local is not just.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Self-Care Stability

04-Sep-2019

~ from Alicia, Countryside Public Market Manager ~ Self-care doesn’t have to be just one day a week. Why not incorporate it into daily habits and give yourself some time to relax, unwind and heal from the stresses of life? What is Self-care? Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Weekly trips to your neighb.. Read More


A Farmers' Market-Inspired Labor Day

28-Aug-2019

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Farmers' Market Blog • Growing a Market Together

26-Aug-2019

~ from Alicia, Countryside Public Market Manager ~ We’ve all heard the expression that it takes a village to raise a child, well the same is true for farmers’ markets; they are our children. To build a successful market one does not do it alone; everyone in the community has a role. From the farmers, food entrepreneurs and artisans to the market managers, from the musicians to the ch.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Winter Is Coming (As In... Winter Market Applications)

26-Aug-2019

~ from Serena, Farmers' Market Manager ~ When winter hits, do you stop eating local food? Do you also stop breathing and sleeping? Local food doesn't have to be a summer-only luxury. Lucky for us, when Howe Meadow ends, the party doesn't stop. We go indoors the very next week, right across the field, to Old Trail School. When I first started this job, I thought the winters in th.. Read More


Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 11!

21-Aug-2019

This week's meal kit is a BLACKBERRY & GRAIN SALAD! Check out the recipe here (http://www.cvcountryside.org/documents/Peach%20&%20Tomato%20Salad.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://squareup.com/store/countrysideohio/item/cooking-with-countryside-mini-meal-kit). Below, find some additional details about the Mi.. Read More


Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 10!

14-Aug-2019

This week's meal kit is a PEACH & TOMATO SALAD! Check out the recipe here (/documents/Peach & Tomato Salad.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://squareup.com/store/countrysideohio/item/cooking-with-countryside-mini-meal-kit). Below, find some additional details about the Mini-Meal Kits: Here's how it works.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Caught Off Guard by Corn

14-Aug-2019

~ from Serena, Countryside Farmers' Market Manager It all started one afternoon at the Highland Square farmers' market. The year was 2018. It was a Thursday. It was hot. I was complaining about being hungry. I didn't pack any snacks. This is a common occurrence. There were several solid hours between me and my next meal. I was on the verge of desperation and despondency and .. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Talking Smack on Tomatoes

08-Aug-2019

~ from Alicia, Countryside Public Market Site Manager Tomatoes sure received a rotten first impression in this world! Did you know that when they were first discovered they were believed to be poisonous and were only eaten by peasants? Later on, tomatoes were thrown at people as a sign of disrespect. It wasn’t until The Civil War that tomatoes grew in popularity and became a staple in home.. Read More


🥦 Happy National Farmers' Market Week! 🥦

07-Aug-2019

It's National Farmers' Market Week!! Woot woot! To celebrate, we're sharing some of the impacts that Countryside Farmers' Markets have. (Who loves data?!?! 🙋🙋🙋) Farmers' markets are an economic engine! . Farmers see only 15% of your food dollars through traditional wholesale/resale retailers. At markets, they see 100%. For the $519,478 spent with farmers in 2018, that's a.. Read More


Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 9!

06-Aug-2019

This week's meal kit is a PESTO SUMMER SALAD! Check out the recipe here (/documents/Pesto Summer Salad.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://squareup.com/store/countrysideohio/item/cooking-with-countryside-mini-meal-kit). Below, find some additional details about the Mini-Meal Kits: Here's how it works: We annou.. Read More


Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 8!

31-Jul-2019

This week's meal kit is a SUMMER STIR FRY! Check out the recipe here (/Summer Stir-Fry.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://squareup.com/store/countrysideohio/item/cooking-with-countryside-mini-meal-kit). Below, find some additional details about the Mini-Meal Kits: Here's how it works: We announce the mea.. Read More


Farm Field Notes • Little Bean Farm & Larder

31-Jul-2019

This season, Countryside is taking the opportunity to visit the farmers and farms who participate in our markets. We do this to verify that farms are producing the products that they bring to markets, as well as get to know them better – to learn more of their stories, their techniques, their successes and their challenges. We want to share what we’ve learned with you! Eating local is not just.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • Introduction to Heirloom

31-Jul-2019

~ from Serena, Farmers' Market Manager When I first heard the word "heirloom" in the context of food, I assumed it had similar meaning to that family heirloom piece of furniture you're never allowed to get rid of. To my surprise and delight, the meaning is not far off. According to dictionary.com (http://dictionary.com/), an heirloom armoire is "a valuable object that has belonged to.. Read More


Produce Showdown: Tomatoes

31-Jul-2019

~ from Christina, Culinary & Marketing Intern If you’ve ever eaten a locally grown tomato from the farmers’ market(FM), you probably don’t need even the slightest bit of convincing that they’re unbelievably sweeter and more juicy than those you purchase at the grocery store. For those who have only eaten grocery store(GS) tomatoes… WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE!? You have n.. Read More


CEO Blog • Looking to the Next 20 Years

25-Jul-2019

~ from Tracy Emrick, CEO ~ This year Countryside is celebrating our 20th Anniversary! It is serendipitous that it is also around this time that we launched our Beginning Farmer Intern and Apprentice program and really amped up our Food Access programming because, while we are looking back fondly at the accomplishments of the past 20 years, we are also looking forward to the next.. Read More


Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 7!

24-Jul-2019

This week's meal kit is a CHOPPED KALE SALAD! Check out the recipe here (/documents/Chopped Kale Salad.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://squareup.com/store/countrysideohio/item/cooking-with-countryside-mini-meal-kit). Below, find some additional details about the Mini-Meal Kits: Here's how it works: We anno.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • An Interview with Jimmy Myers, Front 9 Farm

23-Jul-2019

~ from Alicia, Countryside Public Market Site Manager ~ Every week I get the honor of working with local food producers and learning more about their businesses and the products they grow/make. I thought it would be fun to interview some of them and share their stories, their struggles and why they do what they do. This week I spoke with Jimmy Myers from Front 9 Farm (https://fr.. Read More


Tomato Tastings • 2019

23-Jul-2019

Mr. Stripey, Jersey Boy, Celebrity, Early Girl, Hillbilly, Moneymaker... No, these are not racehorses, they’re tomato varieties! There are over 10,000 different kinds of tomatoes out there - with different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. That's a lot to taste, compare and remember. We're here to help! Our Howe Meadow Tomato Tasting is our most popular market day. This season w.. Read More


Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 6!

17-Jul-2019

This week's meal kit is PEACH BRUSCHETTA! Check out the recipe here (/Peach Bruschetta.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://squareup.com/store/countrysideohio/item/cooking-with-countryside-mini-meal-kit). Below, find some additional details about the Mini-Meal Kits: Here's how it works: We announce the meal k.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog • "Organic" with a capital "O"

17-Jul-2019

~ from Serena, Farmers' Market Manager ~ My time as farmers' market manager has consisted of layers of learning and unlearning. I have become an onion, I just keep peeling them off. Every day, my eyes are opened to more struggles that farmers face to making it in 2019. From the massive amount of rain we've had to the perception that locally-grown carrots are not worth $5. Here'.. Read More


Galettes: A Love Story in 2 Parts (Part 2 • Fillings)

10-Jul-2019

~ from erin, director of local food programs ~ Hello Again! I am sure that you have been anxiously awaiting more information so that you can proceed with baking your own galette. (In case you missed it though, here is the link to Part 1, where I gushed about my love of galettes and shared a new-to-me French crust method.) One of the reasons that I love galettes is because the filli.. Read More


Galettes: A Love Story in 2 Parts (Part 1 • Crust)

03-Jul-2019

~ from erin, director of local food programs ~ Have you ever had or made a galette?? I am obsessed with them! In case you aren't familiar, they are a rustic-style tart from France. They are much simpler to prepare than a more formal tart or a pie, but with the same delicious components - crust and filling. They are also extremely versatile. You can do them sweet or savory. They a.. Read More


A Farmers' Market 4th of July!

27-Jun-2019

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Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 4!

26-Jun-2019

IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be no market next Thursday due to the 4th of July. This week's Mini-Meal Kit will be for pick-up on Thursday, July 11th. This week's meal kit is Zucchini Ribbons with Tomato-Basil Sauce! Check out the recipe here (/Zucchini Ribbons with Tomato Sauce.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https:/.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog - Countryside Public Market Berry Bash

26-Jun-2019

Just the other day I was looking through my Pinterest feed for dinner ideas (who doesn’t LOVE Pinterest?!) and I came across a post that gave me the biggest craving for some berry pie! This was a thing of beauty! It had a crust like I’d never seen; it was so detailed in its delicate design and baked perfectly golden with just a hint of the berry filling bubbled up around the edge. It really go.. Read More


Cooking with Countryside Mini Meal-Kit • Week 3!

19-Jun-2019

This week's meal kit is Summer Squash Fritters with Tomato Relish! Check out the recipe here (/documents/Zucchini Fritters with Tomato Relish.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://squareup.com/store/countrysideohio/item/cooking-with-countryside-mini-meal-kit). Below, find some additional details about the Mini-Me.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog - In Season?

19-Jun-2019

I used to think that "in season"meant: a: It tastes better this time of year. b: It's cheaper this time of year. Consider the strawberry. I thought strawberries were "in season" when they tasted like actual strawberries and they were 2 for $5 at the grocery store. It wasn't until I entered the local food system workforce that I learned the true meaning of seaso.. Read More


We're Hiring! - Retail Associate

19-Jun-2019

Countryside is looking to hire a Retail Associate to sell local cheese at farmers' markets through our Countryside Cheese program. Click the link below to view the job description. To apply, send a resume and a one-page cover letter to Alexis Dragovich alexis@cvcountryside.org.

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Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kit • Week 2!

12-Jun-2019

Thank you to everyone who purchased our kick-off Mini-Meal Kit and for all of the wonderful feedback and support that we have received so far! This week we're offering a Spelt Berry Salad featuring early Summer Veg! Check out the recipe here (/documents/Spelt Berry Salad.pdf), stop by the Highland Square Farmers' Market to taste tomorrow, pre-order yours on-site or here (https://square.. Read More


Father's Day Gift Guide

10-Jun-2019

Click below to view our 2019 Fathers Day Gift Guide!

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Blog: Highland Square Farmers' Market

07-Jun-2019

Have you ever treasured something in your community, only to be devastated when it closed up shop for one reason or another? Over the years, I've longed for and reminisced about Yocono's, Dodie's, and can now add Crest Bakery to my list. Sure, I patronized these places, but had I known they were on the brink of closing, would I have increased the frequency of my visits? Probably.. Read More


INTRODUCING... Cooking with Countryside Mini-Meal Kits!!

05-Jun-2019

We are so excited to be introducing a pilot mini-meal kit at the Highland Square Farmers' Market this season! We know that busy lifestyles can make cooking at home challenging. It's not just the time to prepare that's required - it's the time and energy for inspiration, the recipe selection, the ingredient gathering AND the time in the kitchen. We want to help! Here's how it works: .. Read More


Public Market Culinary Intern

21-May-2019

Countryside is seeking a Culinary Intern for the Countryside Public Market. The market will host weekly cooking demonstrations, Cooking at Countryside, to engage and inspire customers relative to in-season produce and market products. The Culinary Intern is responsible for curating simple and seasonal recipes and demonstrations that highlight the bounty of the market. Click here for positi.. Read More


Yappy Hour

21-May-2019

Dogs at the Farmers’ Markets has been an ongoing issue, about which there is a significant amount of comment. For the first 14 years of the Howe Meadow Farmers’ Market, dogs (with the exception of service animals) were not permitted. During that time, many customers expressed a desire to bring their dog. In 2018, in response to the accumulation of this feedback, as well as social and busi.. Read More


Memorial Day with Countryside

17-May-2019

Click below to view Countryside's 2019 Memorial Day Guide!

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Introducing a WIC Nutrition Incentive!

15-May-2019

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new program at Countryside Farmers’ Markets and partner markets this season! Starting on June 1st, WIC clients can receive $5 in Carrot Cash tokens to spend on farm-fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating markets (find locations here (/WIC)). It’s simple! WIC clients visit the market customer service booth, show their WIC benefits.. Read More


Metro the Farmers' Market!

07-May-2019

You don’t have to have a car to get to the market, Akron Metro RTA can get you there! Check out the graphic below for all the necessary details to find your way to Countryside farmers' markets and partner markets Akron! For more details on metro bus routes, call 330.762.0341, visit akronmetro.org (http://akronmetro.org/) , or even download the MyStop app to view buses on routes in real t.. Read More


Farmers' Market Blog: Asparagus!

01-May-2019

While yes, it's true that asparagus sells itself and doesn't necessarily need any additional fanfare from me, hearing a farmer say that "the asparagus is poppin'" brings my joy to a whole new level. Not only does it mean that the rest of summer fruit and veg is soon to follow, it means that I am about to increase my weekly allowance of vegetables eaten raw at the market. If you'.. Read More


Farmers' Market Manager Blog - Hello from Alicia

24-Apr-2019

Hi there! If you don’t already know me, please allow me to introduce myself and our newest farmers’ market. My name is Alicia Hall and I am the manager for the year-round Countryside Public Market in Akron. Every Sunday we host an indoor farmers’ market from 10am-2pm with local live music and amazing food producers and artisans! Countryside Public Market is a space for community whe.. Read More


A note from the farmers' market manager...

17-Apr-2019

A note from the farmers' market manager... I didn't realize how starved I was for summertime produce until I saw baby carrots at the market last week and let out an audible squeal. It's no secret that this time of year in Northeast Ohio is dull and grey as we patiently await our turn for seasonal rewards. Perhaps that is why I am so stinkin' excited for opening day of Co.. Read More


Now Hiring! Farmers' Market Assistant//Volunteer Coordinator

02-Apr-2019

Countryside is looking for an enthusiastic and meticulous Farmers' Market Assistant//Volunteer Coordinator to help execute a fantastic season. Click here (/documents/CFM FT Assistant Job Description 2019.pdf) for full job descriptions and application information... Read More


Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow Opening Day!

01-Apr-2019

Countryside kicks off its 16th year of hosting farmers’ markets in Cuyahoga Valley National Park this year on April 20 with Opening Day of the Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow! Every Saturday from 9am-12pm through October 26, Countryside will bring dozens of Northeast Ohio’s best farmers and food producers to 4040 Riverview Road in Peninsula. This season 73 vendors, includ.. Read More


Have you noticed our new look?

20-Mar-2019

You may have noticed over the past several months that Countryside has unveiled a new look! These days we're going by just "Countryside" - not Countryside Conservancy or Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy - and have made the beloved red chicken our official logo. You can check out our full branding identity guide (courtesy of Kurtz Graphic Design Co. (https://kurtzgraphics.com)) here.. Read More


Now Hiring! Food Access Associates

15-Mar-2019

Countryside is looking for candidates with exceptional customer service skills, as well as an eye for detail, to fill 2 Food Access Associate positions for the coming outdoor farmers' market season. Click here (/Food Access Associates 2019.pdf) for the full job description and application information... Read More


Introducing Taste Success!

05-Mar-2019

Are you dreaming of starting a bakery or serving up crepes at the farmers’ market? Are you imagining your very own brand of kimchi on the shelves at the grocery store? Taste Success will guide you through a personal and professional exploration process that will help you decide whether you should move forward. This is a 4-session in-person course. Sessions will be held on Wednesday evening.. Read More


Now Hiring! Farmers' Market Assistant

14-Feb-2019

The outdoor farmers' market season is right around the corner! Countryside is looking for an enthusiastic and meticulous Farmers' Market Assistant to help coordinate and execute a fantastic season. Click here (/documents/2019 CFM Market Assistant.pdf) for full job descriptions and application information. .. Read More


It's not too late! 2019 Farmer's Market Vendor Application Still Open

13-Feb-2019

Countryside is accepting applications for its 2019 Farmers’ Market seasons at Howe Meadow and Highland Square through February 27th. Applications are also being accepted on a rolling basis for the year-round Countryside Public Market indowntown Akron’s Northside District. Countryside Public Market will be celebrating their summer kick-off on May 26th. Farmers and food pr.. Read More


Keep it local this Valentine's Day with our Farmers' Market Gift Guide!

08-Feb-2019

Valentine's Day is right around the corner - show your love with a local gift! There are plenty of treats for your sweetie at Countryside Old Trail School Winter Farmers' Market. Check out the 2019 Valentine's Gift Guide by clicking the link below!

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Best Cookware for You and the Planet

16-Jan-2019

There is SO much misinformation and advertising today that it can be difficult to find the items that truly align with what you want. Below are the characteristics to generally look for when buying safe and eco-friendly cooking tools. General Guidelines: With all cooking tools (and most products in general), the higher quality items use higher quality materials, have a lo.. Read More


New Volunteer Opportunity- Be a Market Ambassador!

15-Jan-2019

Looking for a meaningful way to get involved with Countryside’s Farmers’ Markets? We are recruiting volunteers to be Market Ambassadors at our farmers’ markets. See the below description and requirements for more information. If you would like to get involved, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Carolyn Straiker at cstraiker@cvcountryside.org. If this opportunity does not interest you, b.. Read More


Local Food Programs Advisory Committee Needs YOU!

04-Jan-2019

Are you a committed market shopper? Do you want to help the markets grow and succeed? Countryside's Local Food Programs Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for Market Shopper representatives! The Committee provides strategic guidance regarding Countryside Farmers’ Markets, Food Access Programs and other Local Food Projects. The Committee will advise on overarching programs st.. Read More


Check out the Countryside Public Market 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

12-Dec-2018

The second of two Countryside Gift Guides is HERE! Look no further - do your holiday shopping with Countryside this season and feel good about shopping small and keeping it local! Check out the Countryside Public Market 2018 gift guide - there's something for everyone! Click below to download a PDF of the guide.

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Make a contribution to Countryside's 2018 year-end fundraising campaign today!

11-Dec-2018

2018 is coming to a close - help us end the year strong! Our annual campaign is happening NOW- if you haven't yet, please consider a gift- no amount is too big or too small!- to help us continue to provide YOU with the very best farmers’ markets, food access programs, and educational workshops that promote a resilient and sustainable food culture. Countryside is a 501(c)3 .. Read More


The Countryside Old Trail School Winter Farmers' Market Gift Guide is here!

05-Dec-2018

The first of two Countryside Gift Guides is HERE! Look no further - do your holiday shopping with Countryside this season and feel good about shopping small and keeping it local! Check out the Countryside Old Trail School Winter Farmers' Market 2018 gift guide - there's something for everyone! Click below to download a PDF of the guide. {module_literature filter="item" it.. Read More


Now Hiring ~ Volunteer Coordinator

08-Nov-2018

Countryside is seeking a part-time, year-round, Volunteer Coordinator. Our mission is to connect people, food and land by promoting a resilient, sustainable food culture through programs, advocacy and education. We are a leading expert and innovator in conservation farming and community-based food programs, working in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park, its farms, community stake.. Read More


Countryside Public Market is now open!

31-Oct-2018

The grand opening of Countryside Public Market was a success! Over 800 visitors came to celebrate and shop with our 20+ vendors. Thank you to everyone who came out to show your support and enthusiasm for this new endeavor! Come back each week as the market grows and we add more vendors with new seasonal produce and other foods- there will always be something to discover! Countryside.. Read More


Countryside and Old Trail School Announce New Partnership

08-Oct-2018

Old Trail School and Countryside Announce Farm Project Partnership (Bath OH) Old Trail School and Countryside have announced a new partnership. This partnership, which will be known as the “Farm Project,” has several key goals including creating hands-on educational and curriculum development opportunities for the School, raising of crops and livestock, composting and aquaculture, r.. Read More


Countryside Public Market brings fresh, local food to Downtown Akron!

10-Sep-2018

Countryside is thrilled to launch the first phase of Akron’s very own Public Food Market in Downtown’s Northside District with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - Coming October 28th! With support from Knight Foundation, Countryside has begun the transformation of the Northside Loft’s former parking garage into a fun, indoor, food-centric space for everyone to.. Read More


The Key to Kitchen Composting

11-Jul-2018

Ten years ago, someone walking into a grocery store with a bunch of reusable shopping bags while sipping coffee shop coffee from a reusable travel mug would have gotten a few curious glances or been stereotyped as an extreme environmentalist. Now, those simple practices to reduce waste have become commonplace in our society. What is the next waste reduction practice to enter all of our lives? .. Read More


Market Location Change for July 5th

05-Jul-2018

Due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, Countryside Farmer's Market at Highland Square is relocating for today, July 5th, to Our Lady of the Elms. Our Lady of the Elms is located at 1375 W Exchange St (https://goo.gl/maps/K8KbSGUBTPD2). The Market will be held normal hours ~ 4pm to 7pm. Please come support the hard-working farmers and food producers! Plus enjoy.. Read More


Countryside is Growing!

05-Jun-2018

In case you haven't heard - Countryside is growing! A New Market! A New Program! New People (wanted)! Big Update #1 - We are preparing to open a year-round public food market in Downtown Akron's Northside Lofts building. We'll be located just below the Northside Marketplace (http://northsidemarketplace.com/). This nearly 10,000 square foot space will be home to our Food Markets, Artist's Fair.. Read More


For Immediate Hire: Food Access Associate

25-May-2018

The Food Access Associate will assist the Director of Local Food Programs with the administration of SNAP and Produce Perks (a nutrition incentive providing matching funds, up to $20 per day, for the purchase of fresh produce) at farmers' markets in Summit and surrounding counties. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled; position to be filled ASAP. For full descript.. Read More


Zero Waste Countryside at the Howe Meadow Countryside Farmers' Market

11-Apr-2018

The Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow is going Zero Waste! With the introduction of Zero Waste Countryside, our goal is to divert 85% of market-generated waste away from landfills by the end of the 2018 Howe Meadow Countryside Farmers' Market season. Diverting waste from landfills requires a big change, replacing non-recyclable plastic, styrofoam, and plastic-lined p.. Read More


Countryside Farmers' Market Opportunities!

21-Mar-2018

Countryside is gearing up for an exciting 2018 season. Want to be more involved? We have some great opportunities for you! ~ Farmers' Market Culinary Intern ~ Countryside Farmers’ Markets will host weekly cooking demonstrations, Cooking at Countryside, to engage and inspire customers relative to in-season produce and market products. Cooking at Countryside recipes/methods should be si.. Read More


March 3rd - Winter Farmers' Market Moved to Our Lady of the Elms

02-Mar-2018

Due to an extended power outage at Old Trail School, the Countryside Farmers' Market will be held at Our Lady of the Elms tomorrow from 9-12! The Elms is located at 1375 W. Exchange Street, Akron OH 44313 We are sorry for the last minute change, but please try to join us. The vendors work very hard to harvest products and prepare delicious food for all of us. Canceling a m.. Read More


2018 CSAs and More!

06-Feb-2018

Thinking ahead to the coming growing season is one of the things that keeps me going through the dreary months of January and February. Farmer’s aren’t just thinking and dreaming though - they’re working hard to make our fruit, veg, meat and flower dreams come true. They are assessing the previous season to see what worked and what didn’t, taking inventory of their supplies and restocking, pla.. Read More


Winter Weather and Livestock - Reprint Jan 2016

31-Dec-2017

Many people are concerned about the welfare of farm animals during winter and periods of extreme cold. Please be assured the Countryside Initiative farm animals are fine. These animals are born and raised outside like deer and other wildlife. The draft horses grow a thick winter coat each year and their breed is known for their resilience in cold climates. Sheep, pigs, poultry and goats a.. Read More


We're on the Move

05-Jul-2017

Countryside is moving its office to the old Duffy Farmstead on Quick Road in Peninsula. We are still in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and just minutes from downtown Peninsula. We are very excited about this move! This farm allows us space for more educational classes, special events and to get our intern/apprentice program up and running. This will be our home for the next 2 yea.. Read More


Highland Square Farmers' Market Cancelled ~ Thursday, May 25th

25-May-2017

This afternoon's Farmers' Market at Highland Square is cancelled due to 100% chance of thunderstorms. Countryside Farmers' Markets are rain or shine, UNLESS there are potential safety issues from severe weather. We are so sorry for any inconvenience and hope that you will join us next week! (If you simply can't wait a week, and I wouldn't blame you, visit us at Howe Meadow on.. Read More


Howe Meadow Farmers' Market Cancelled for May 6th!

05-May-2017

In coordination with our Market Manager and Cuyahoga Valley National Park , it was determined that the field and parking conditions at Howe Meadow are too wet to safely handle the market activity. And there is additional rain in the forecast. This is a call that we never take lightly, knowing the negative economic impact cancelling a market has on our farms and vendors, and how much you .. Read More


Welcome to 2017!

19-Apr-2017

Yes, 2017 technically started months ago. For a farmers' market manager though, the beginning of the outdoor market season is really the start of the new year. Much as individuals reflect on the previous year, their values, and the ways that they want to grow and improve in the coming year, I reflect on the previous market season, why Countryside and I do what we do, and how we can do it bette.. Read More


NEEDED: Assistant Farmers' Market Manager

16-Mar-2017

The Farmers' Market season is right around the corner! Countryside needs an Assistant Farmers' Market Manager to help coordinate and execute a fantastic season. Click here (/documents/2017 CFM Assistant.doc) for full job descriptions and application information... Read More


Did You Know...

08-Feb-2017

Whether it's broccoli or bacon, wine or beer, milk or orange juice, potato chips or hummus - our food comes from farmland! That's something we can all agree on. Countryside works hard to connect farmers, food producers and consumers to each other. But making the connection between losing farmland and the food we purchase is not always obvious to people. Did you know that eve.. Read More


2017 CSA Options

18-Jan-2017

Thinking ahead to the coming growing season is one of the things that keeps me going through the dreary months of January and February. Farmer’s aren’t just thinking and dreaming though - they’re working hard to make my fruit, veg and flower dreams come true. They are assessing the previous season to see what worked and what didn’t, taking inventory of their supplies and restocking, plan.. Read More


Heritage Breed Livestock in CVNP

11-Jan-2017

Several of the Countryside Initiative Farms here in Cuyahoga Valley National Park raise livestock. Livestock are animals raised for agricultural uses like meat, fiber and labor. Many of these farms raise Heritage Breed livestock. Heritage Breeds represent historic breeds that were popular in the past for having desirable qualities during that era. Some were raised for things like fib.. Read More


Farmers' Market Intern Needed!!

04-Jan-2017

Countryside Farmers' Markets is looking for a helping hand to plan and execute the markets! Farmers’ Market Intern ~ Winter/Spring 2017 The Farmers’ Market Intern provides support to the Farmers’ Market Manager in planning, preparing for and executing the Countryside Farmers’ Market. This includes on-site support, coordination with vendors and market sites, facilitating market events.. Read More


Remembering Darwin with the Deepest Gratitude

14-Dec-2016

Friends, Many of you have heard, Darwin Kelsey, the Founder and Executive Director of Countryside Conservancy since 1999, passed away over the weekend. My words cannot do just to the impact that Darwin has had on my life. I suspect that if you are reading this, you have felt many of the same impacts. Without Darwin’s passion and commitment to sustainable agriculture and local foods.. Read More


A letter from our Interim Executive Director -

16-Nov-2016

'To everything there is a season'… And indeed, we have seen the sun-kissed lush, green pastures overtaken by crimson horizons and frost-dusted dawns, and still to come the crystal white blanket of winter that ushers in warm hopes for spring. This is the time of year that a farmer's mind shifts from planting and harvest to dreaming and planning for the next season. Fall harves.. Read More


Countryside Winter Farmers' Market Starts Saturday!

09-Nov-2016

Countryside is excited to kick-off another Winter Market season this Saturday! Even throughout the winter, fresh produce is the backbone of the market. Area farms bring a bounty of both hardy storage crops and freshly harvested items. Sustainably raised meats – beef, pork, poultry, even goat (!) – farm fresh eggs, handcrafted cheese, baked goods, jams, coffee, tea, fresh pasta, cured meat.. Read More


Introducing Countryside Field Guide: Thanksgiving

01-Nov-2016

As an organization whose mission is to connect people, food, and land, we are thrilled to share with you a publication to help you make your Thanksgiving as local as you desire. Inside you will find information on ingredients commonly available from local farmers during the run up to Thanksgiving, including turkey breeds, potato varieties, and more - with recipes to provide inspiration for yo.. Read More


Congratulations To Our Founding Director!

21-Sep-2016

Congratulations To Our Founding Director As He Moves Into A New Role! Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Darwin Kelsey! Darwin has announced that he has transitioned his role as the Executive Director of Countryside Conservancy to the role of Director Emeritus. Darwin has served with unwavering dedication as Countryside's Director since its founding in 1999. He is a pi.. Read More


The Vegetable Butcher ~ with Romesco Recipe!

14-Sep-2016

Have you heard about our special guest at the end of the month? Cara Mangini, author of The Vegetable Butcher, and chef and executive chef at Little Eater in Columbus, will be joining us for a Friday evening speaking engagement, and then again on Saturday morning, at the market, for a cooking demo. I am so excited!! Cara's book, The Vegetable Butcher, hits all of my sweet spots: it's .. Read More


Fabulous Fall Foods

07-Sep-2016

Summer is coming to an end and we're starting to see hints of fall around every corner. Kids are back in school, Labor Day has come and gone, nights are getting cooler. Best of all, fall foods are showing up at the market. Don't get me wrong ~ I love summer produce and I'm going to miss it. But the deep flavors of fall and their rich cooking aromas make me swoon. Winter squash have starte.. Read More


10 Great Buys for Labor Day (with Recipes!)

31-Aug-2016

Labor Day is the time to get in on the summer goodness before it's gone. Here are some market items perfect for the holiday and some great recipes to use them in! This chicken is making my mouth water ~ Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce (https://food52.com/recipes/29178-kevin-gillespie-s-barbecue-chicken-with-alabama-white-barbecue-sauce). Brunty Farms is cutting a Lab.. Read More


Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy Welcome 2 New Farms

13-Jul-2016

Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy are pleased to announce that the National Park Service Regional Director has issued Letters of Intent to lease the 2 farmsteads historically known as the Edgar Farm and the Schmidt Foster Farm. The first farm to receive the news was Oxbow Orchard to be operated by Beth Lomske and Kyla Werlin. Kyla and Beth will be moving into .. Read More


Summit Food Policy Coalition Grows

29-Jun-2016

~~Contributed by Beth Knorr, Executive Director of Summit Food Policy Coalition and Director of Markets at Countryside Conservancy~~ It has been an amazing thing to watch the local food movement grow, shift, expand, and gain momentum over the past twenty years. It has gone from “What is a CSA?” to “How are we addressing transportation issues to increase access in our most vulnerable neighb.. Read More


We are hiring!

20-Jun-2016

Position Available: Part Time Office Assistant Position Summary Countryside Conservancy is accepting applications for a part time Office Assistant. Applications are due not later than Sunday, July 10, 2016. The Office Assistant reports directly to the Executive Director, and has primary responsibility for managing basic office operations. The Office Assistant serves as a.. Read More


Picnic in the Park ~ June 18th

31-May-2016

Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow is delighted to present Picnic in the Park on June 18th! In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, and in conjunction with International Picnic Day, Countryside is offering a limited number of special picnic lunches. Picnics are designed to serve two and include three dishes, as well as vouchers for picnickers to select desserts an.. Read More


Highland Square Opening Day 2016!

17-May-2016

This season at Highland Square has many special treats in store, and that starts with opening day! First, we'd like to welcome a new vendor and one that's returning after a hiatus from the markets. This year, Oak Tree Farms Hydroponics (http://www.cvcountryside.org/fm-vendors/oak-tree-farms-hydroponics) will be joining us. They are a hyper-local farm specializing in lettuces, greens,.. Read More


Howe Meadow Opening Day 2016!

04-May-2016

Who's excited to get the outdoor market season kicked off?? Countryside certainly is! We are pleased to be welcoming 7 new vendors to Howe Meadow this season - each adding diversity and depth to our existing vendors and product mix. We are also welcoming back 2 former vendors. Here are some brief introductions: Avant Gardens Farm & Mushroomery (http://www.cvcountryside.org/fm-vendo.. Read More


Open Position Announcement!

02-May-2016

Countryside Conservancy is seeking a highly organized, enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Administrative Coordinator. This is the perfect opportunity to join an organization that is well known throughout the region as a leader on the local food front! Full time position. Send letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Darwin Kelsey: dkelsey@cvcountryside.. Read More


A Revolution is Coming

30-Mar-2016

By Darwin Kelsey, Executive Director Which one, you might ask! Well, it’s not just the one(s) we hear about every night on the news from the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns. It’s one they seem not to have noticed yet. But the good news is, if you are reading this (or much of anything on the Countryside website) you are probably someone who will be pleased to learn abo.. Read More


Board Member Highlight - Douglas Katz

16-Mar-2016

We are very grateful for the work and time that our Board members volunteer to our organization. We have a list of dedicated amazing people on our team, and we would like for you to get to know them. Today we are posting an interview with long-time Countryside supporter, Board member and super-amazing Chef Douglas Katz. Douglas owns several eateries and food businesses in the Cl.. Read More


Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

08-Mar-2016

This year marks the Centennial of the National Park Service. NPS will officially turn 100 on August 25, 2016! Cuyahoga Valley National Park has a number of special events, from BioBlitz to orchestra performances at Blossom Music Center, happening throughout the spring and summer to celebrate this important milestone. Click here to visit our Centennial Special Events page. (/learn-special-event.. Read More


Spring is Coming! Are you Ready?

05-Mar-2016

Countryside Farmers' Market returns to Howe Meadow Saturday May 7th! .. Read More


We're Hiring!

03-Feb-2016

Countryside Conservancy is seeking a highly organized, enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Farmers' Market Manager. If an exciting career on the front lines of local food is something you dream about, this could be the perfect opportunity! Full time position. Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Beth Knorr: farmersmarket@cvcountryside.org by February.. Read More


Cold Weather & Farm Animals

04-Jan-2016

Many people are concerned about the welfare of farm animals during winter and periods of extreme cold. Please be assured the Countryside Initiative farm animals are fine. These animals are born and raised outside like deer and other wildlife. The draft horses grow a thick winter coat each year and their breed is known for their resilience in cold climates. Sheep, pigs, poultry and goats also h.. Read More


Tomato Tasting Returns to Howe Meadow

29-Aug-2015

Countryside Farmers’ Market’s annual Tomato Tasting will return to Howe Meadow on Saturday, August 29th from 9am-noon. For the 9th consecutive year, the event will feature over 30 varieties of locally grown tomatoes that customers can sample. The tomatoes will be cut up and ready to taste in a center booth so that market goers of all ages can explore the variety of flavors and find their favor.. Read More


Countryside Farmers' Market Hosts Crafty Mart

17-Jul-2015

On Saturday, August 8, Countryside Conservancy and Crafty Mart (http://www.craftymart.org/) are teaming up to hold the mother of all markets. On that morning from 9am-noon, additional tents will be set up as part of the Crafty Mart pop-up at Countryside Farmers’ Market in Howe Meadow. Visitors to the weekly farmers’ market can always expect to find fresh, local, and sustainable food, as well .. Read More


Live and Farm in the National Park!

13-Jul-2015

The National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with the Countryside Conservancy (CC), announce the next round of long-term lease offerings under the Countryside Initiative (/countryside-initiative-program) program in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). In order to help preserve the park’s rural landscape, the Countryside Initiative invites farmers to live and farm in the park using sustain.. Read More


Howe Meadow Opening Day!

28-Apr-2015

Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow will open for the season on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The market features over 70 vendors selling an array of local food. This season, we're excited to announce the addition of more than 15 new vendors. They will bring a range of new products to the market, including fermented foods, ethnic eats, beautiful terrariums, hand-crafted woode.. Read More


Spring Fling Downtown Market!

02-Apr-2015

Countryside Conservancy celebrates the arrival of spring with a special downtown Akron farmers’ market at the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The two locations will house over 40 local farmers, food producers, and artisans providing seasonal foods and handmade gifts. Visitors will find fresh spring produce; pastu.. Read More


Countryside Featured by National Geographic

11-Feb-2015

The Countryside Initiative program (https://countrysideconservancy.worldsecuresystems.com/countryside-initiative-program) was featured in a recent article (http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/11/national-park-offers-farmland-of-the-people-by-the-people-for-the-people/) on The Plate, by National Geographic. The article, by Mary Beth Albright, explores the relationship between Countrysid.. Read More


Vendor Applications Now Available

21-Jan-2015

Do you want to be part of a vibrant market set in beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Want to join a market that hit $1 million in sales last year? A market that was voted best in the area by the readers of Akron Life Magazine? Good! Because Countryside Farmers' Markets are now accepting new vendor applications for 2015. If you have a unique, high-quality product that needs to be s.. Read More