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Historic Ohio Farmers Markets

These three spots with long histories have served their communities for generations. Here’s what you’ll find there on Saturday mornings.


Hamilton’s Historic Farmers Market

This market has been a fixture of Butler County’s largest city since at least 1875. On Saturday mornings during market season, around 25 vendors sell produce, honey and plants, as well as art and home goods. In accordance with its long tradition, the farmers market still sets up around the Butler County Courthouse, too, although new offerings such as live music and children’s activities have been added on the third Saturday of each month. The market runs Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, from late May through early October. 101 High St., Hamilton 45011, hamiltonshistoricfarmersmarket.com 

Toledo Farmers’ Market 
Established in 1832, the city of Toledo’s market began when farmers from the surrounding countryside began selling produce near the city’s streetcar line. In 1928, an Erie Street building was remodeled to function as a combined indoor wholesale market and exhibition hall. The market operated for decades, until a new association was formed to complete long-needed market renovations in the 1990s. Today, the market has more than 100 vendors who sell a variety of produce, meat, dairy, plants and handmade goods. The market runs Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., May through November, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., December through April. 525 Market St., Toledo 43604, toledofarmersmarket.com

Coit Road Farmers Market
This East Cleveland market was founded in 1932 to provide residents access to affordable, locally grown products. (The roots of the market date back to Word War I when a group of local farmers began selling produce from the back of their trucks before purchasing property for a permanent location.) A local destination for programming and education during winter months, many artists and chefs organize community activities to preserve traditions. With about 30 vendors, the summer market offers fresh produce, spices, baked goods, coffee and handmade housewares. The market runs Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., year-round, and Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through October. 15000 Woodworth Rd., East Cleveland 44110, coitmarket.org

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