This afternoon market kicks off in early June and runs through Sept. 26. Held 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, you’ll find an average of 10 vendors selling products ranging from organic produce to homemade bath bombs and laundry soap.
“The best thing about our market is seeing the people who are behind the product,” says Leanne Hoppe, market founder.
32801 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake
CRE8IONS by K8 — This new vendor features reclaimed wood signs and crafts, and if you’re in the market for a furniture refinishing, you can place an order. “It’s something I haven’t seen at a farmers market, and I’ll be interested in seeing how that plays out,” Hoppe says.
Cool beans — Locally roasted coffee from Fresh2u offers custom blended flavors, including s’mores, almond cookie, crème brulee or maple bacon, to name a few.
Oberlin Farmers Market
Expect to shop through 20 to 25 vendors at this extended season market, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, May through October.
In addition to an array of fruits and vegetables, you’ll find cheeses made from grass-fed cattle, artisan breads, primarily pasture-raised meats and eggs, jams and jellies, quiches and pies, as well as unique greens from a hydroponic growing in the area, says Heather Adelman, market manager.
69-85 S. Main St., Oberlin
Home spun — Little World Alpaca, which has 50 alpacas on its Grafton Township farm, makes and sells super soft wool yarn from the shearings off the gentle creatures.
Wood cuts — VS Modern Design is selling its cutting boards, coasters, kitchen utensil holders and more. Designer Victor Sergent “goes the extra step to cut them again and then flip them, and then put those pieces together,” Adelman says. “You’re actually looking at the cross section of the wood so it makes it a lot stronger.”
Vermilion Farmers Market
In its seventh year, the Vermilion Farmers Market comes to life every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held from June 24 to Sept. 9, the market draws around 35 vendors ranging from produce, fruit and baked goods to art, jewelry and crafts. Each week, organizers like Judy Kernell, market manager, schedule special events which could include balloon bending, cooking demos, music and wine tasting.
2901 Liberty Ave., Vermilion
Colored Eggs — Think blue, green and pink shelled eggs, naturally colored by the unique chickens raised by a local honey producer.
Avian homes — Hand-crafted birdhouses. “From simple to elaborate, these houses, cottages and hotels are unbelievable finds” for your feathered friends, says Kernel.
Lake jewels — Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pendants are fashioned with sea glass harvested from the local shores of Lake Erie.
Wellington Farmers Market
This Friday evening market gets a jump on the weekend. Held 5 to 7 p.m. from June to Oct. 13, it draws as many as a dozen vendors, says Betsy Varndell, market manager.
You’ll find a variety of vegetables and fruits, meats, eggs, baked goods, homegrown herbs, flavored popcorns and flowers. Cooking demos, giveaways and promotions are also popular.
115 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington
Pizza night — Oven 51, named after Area 51 for its commitment to experimentation, sells its raw pizza dough in a variety of flavors. Garlic and herb is a best seller. Each ball of dough makes two large round pizzas and sells for around $5, Varndell says.