Farmers market season is finally upon us! We live in one of the best regions of the United States for fresh produce, but our state is also filled with a high number of talented artisans producing cured meat, freshly baked breads, crafts and more for our enjoyment. There’s nothing we love more than perusing their fantastic products at the local market, because somehow, locally made goods just taste better.
Support local and hit up your local farmers market this summer! We rounded up the best picks near Akron and Canton, and lucky for you, there are options on almost every day of the week. Pick a day that works for you, and then use the map to locate the nearest market. Happy shopping!
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This six-acre private lot opens up to the public on Tuesday evenings during the summer for the Anna Dean Farmers Market. The market features 42 excellent vendors from all over the region and draws approximately 1,000 visitors every market day. Stop by for a quick bite or to stock up on groceries for the week!
With 18 exciting vendors, live music and delicious treats for sale, the City of Green Farmers’ Market is not to be missed! Check out the homepage to see the musical acts that will be coming each week, including Out of Sequence, the Barbershop Chorus and Spicy Rhyme.
2018 Dates: Beginning June 20
When: Wednesdays, 4-7 pm
Where: 623 W. Liberty Street, Medina
The Wednesday night market in Medina is the perfect midweek pick-me-up. Come explore the selection from Ohio’s best purveyors, and grab something fresh to make for dinner! The market kicks off on June 20 this year.
2018 Dates: May 17-September 27
When: Thursdays, 4-7 pm
Where: Will Christy Park, Akron
This community market takes place in the picturesque Will Christy Park in the heart of Akron, and includes plenty of amazing vendor booths, weekly live music, cooking demonstrations and kids activities. Plus, the market is dog friendly, so don’t leave your furry friend at home! They might just get a free treat or two from the participating vendors.
2018 Dates: July 12-October 4
When: Thursdays, 3-6 pm
Where: 7660 Fulton Drive, Massillon
Sponsored by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, the Jackson Township Farmers Market is not just an excellent place to stock up on great produce, plants, herbs, syrup and more, it is also a community gathering! Come say hi to your neighbors and meet your local vendors.
The Copley Creekside Farmers’ Market is one of the newest in the region, but also one of the best! It began in 2012 as a way to bring the community together each year and honor the area’s rural heritage. Come shop in the open air for fresh produce and handmade goods. Since the market never closes vendor applications, you can expect to find some new treasures each week.
Plus, bring the kiddos to enjoy the Corny Kids Club, a scavenger hunt activity sponsored by Scott Fano of Cutler Real Estate. There will be a clue at the information booth that will direct them to a particular farmers’ market item. Once they find it, that vendor will give them a coloring page about the item with a recipe, a fun fact and a corny joke!
This Friday night market is the perfect way to kick off the weekend, featuring an impressive lineup of local farmers, producers and artisans selling the highest quality products available. Take a peek at the 2018 event schedule to see what’s happening this week!
2018 Dates: May 19-October 13
When: Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
Where: 2 Public Square, Medina
Featuring more than 60 local purveyors, the Medina Farmers’ Market is one of the largest in the region. At this market, you can find almost anything your heart desires, from homemade jams and jellies to warm pastries and freshly harvested produce.
Each week at the Wadsworth Farmers Market, you’ll find a wide variety of vendors selling fresh produce, plants, flowers, meat, honey, home-baked goods and more. The market is held rain or shine. Additionally, the Wadsworth Farmers’ Market has recently partnered with Roots Yoga to offer a free yoga class every Saturday at the market at 9 am! We can’t imagine a better way to start the weekend.
2018 Dates: June 16-October 20
When: Saturdays, 9 am-noon
Where: 210 East Main Street, Alliance
Alliance hosts a friendly, community-oriented market every Saturday in the heart of downtown! Come by on Saturdays from mid-June to mid-October to get your fill of fresh, locally grown produce and delicious artisanal products.
2018 Dates: June 16-October 6
When: Saturdays, 8-11:30 am
Where: 305 McKinley Avenue NW, Canton
The Canton Farmers’ Market is a producers-only market that allows locals the opportunity to buy fresh, high-quality products from more than 20 vendors. All vendors are based in Canton or the surrounding areas, and they sell everything you need to make delicious meals for the entire week. You’ll also find cooking demonstrations, organic gardening tips, live music, and children’s activities from week to week.
22 fabulous vendors make this market a favorite among locals. This year, the market is sold out and moving to the City Hall Parking Lot, which means that it will be very easy to find parking and even easier to maneuver around the market. Pick up fresh produce, artisan products, warm pastries and more — and on select weekends you can listen to live music and on others you can view live cooking demonstrations while you shop!
2018 Dates: June 2-October 6
When: Saturdays, 9 am-12:30 pm
Where: 103 North Main Street, Hudson
On Saturdays during the summer, stop by the Hudson Farmers’ Market for an impressive selection of fresh produce and artisan-made products. And this year, also make sure to pick up a copy of the Hudson Farmers’ Market Cookbook, which includes recipes from local vendors, shoppers and foodies alike. Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Farmers’ Market Scholarship fund.
2018 Dates: June 9-October 6
When: Saturdays, 9 am-12:30 pm
Where: 1567 Pilgrim Drive, Stow
The Stow Community Farmers’ Market is entering its eighth year. This year, you can expect 30 high-quality vendors, producers and farmers selling delicious products and unique crafts, as well as a fun lineup of live musicians.
2018 Dates: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9
When: Second Sundays, 3-6 pm
Where: 3232 Copley Road, Akron
This community market occurs on the second Sunday of each month and though it might not be quite as frequent as the others, it is definitely worth the wait! Enjoy a rotating selection of vendors, kid-friendly activities and so much more.