I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to join a CSA this year. Last summer I participated in the City Fresh program through LEAF which stands for Lakewood Earth and Food. I might be doing City Fresh again this year. City Fresh is great particularly because you can purchase your share one week at a time for as many or as few weeks as you like. I was very happy with my City Fresh shares last summer. I’d love to try Fresh Fork CSA like my good pal over at LeadPaintCookbook. Fresh Fork seems like an excellent CSA because it offers not only produce but also local eggs, dairy, meat and other products from time to time such as pizza dough or fresh pasta. (They also have vegan and vegetarian options.) The problem with Fresh Fork is that they don’t offer a week-to-week option only pre-paid-in-full or monthly payment options. I just don’t usually have my finances together enough to prepay for my groceries a month at a time, let alone pay for 22 weeks up front. Both Fresh Fork and City Fresh seem to offer a good quality local product and a good quantity for the price. The quantity and variety is much greater with a CSA than you would find in the produce sections at most grocery stores.
Since I can’t make up my mind about joining a CSA right now, I’ve decided to try to visit at least one local farmer’s market each week in addition to regular trips to the West Side Market. I did a little homework to learn about the various farmer’s market options in my area and sorted through a number of lists online. I organized a list by days of the week beginning with Sundays. As I visit these markets I will post reviews and pics. Tonight I’m going to check out the Tremont Farmer’s Market.
Local Farmer’s Market Roundup
Sundays 10am-2pm (Through 10/31) Kamm’s Corner Farmer’s Market @ W168th and Loraine Ave, Cleveland
Tuesdays, 4-7pm (Through 10/26) Tremont Farmer’s Market, @ Lincoln Park on W14th, Cleveland
Wednesdays, 10am-1pm (Through 9/29) North Union Farmer’s Market in Lakewood, north of Detroit Ave between Lakeland Ave and Arthur Ave
Wednesdays, 10:30am-2:30pm (Through 10/6) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Cleveland Clinic, E100th and Carnegie Ave
Thursdays, 10:30am-1:30pm (Through 10/7) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Cleveland State University, Euclid Ave between E18th and E21st
Thursdays, 11:30am-2:30pm (Through 9/9) North Coast Harbor Farmer’s Market, behind Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, 1001 E 9th, Cleveland
Thursdays, 4pm-7pm (Through 10/28) Blue Pike Farm Market @ 900 E72nd, just off the shoreway near Gordon Park
Fridays, 11am-2pm (Through 10/29) Downtown Cleveland Farmer’s Market @ NW corner of Public Square, Cleveland
Saturdays 8am-Noon (Through 12/18) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Shaker Square, Cleveland
Saturdays 9am-1pm (Through 10/2) Lakewood Farmer’s Market @ downtown Lakewood in front of the Marc’s shopping plaza on Detroit Ave
Saturdays 9am-1pm (Through 10/16) Gordon Square Farmer’s Market @ W65th and W Clinton St.
Saturdays 9am-1pm (Through 11/20) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Crocker Park, Westlake
What are your favorite farmer’s markets? Have you joined a CSA? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.