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; pasture-raised beef, pork, poultry, lamb, and bison; artisan cheeses; handmade breads, pastries, and pasta and much more.
Many other activities are planned for the day as well. Ann Griffith, a garde mange who specializes in fruit and vegetable carving, will demonstrate the culinary art of making exquisite centerpieces using Thai methods from 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Chef Ernie Cornelius, from Dante Boccuzzi’s popular Akron restaurant D.B.A., will be on hand to answer questions and offer cooking tips from 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Children’s activities include an apple contest in which kids can taste varieties of Ohio apples and vote on their favorite. Visitors can also enjoy a feast for the eyes with free gallery admission at the Akron Art Museum.
Established in 2004, Countryside Farmers’ Markets are vibrant, producers-only farmers’ markets managed by Countryside Conservancy. Countryside holds markets in three unique locations: Howe Meadow in Peninsula, nestled in the middle of Cuyahoga Valley National Park; Highland Square, a thriving, walkable community in West Akron; and Old Trail School, a private school within Cuyahoga Valley National Park that emphasizes sustainability throughout its curriculum. Opening day for Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow is May 2, 2015.