Hello fellow eaters: 

What a lovely market day last Saturday was, and it was a delight to see so many market friend and vendors new and old. The music was really fun–I had forgotten that we have two(!) accomplished mandolin players in a mile radius of the market, and goodness, half a dozen guitar players. It is wonderful to have such ready access to a homegrown hootenanny. I feel certain that this week will be just as much fun because of the food and garden events at the market and beyond. It is the annual Bethany strawberry festival. For those of you who have not enjoyed the strawberry festival in years past, it involves eating strawberry shortcake and/or strawberry sundaes with friends and neighbors, 12 to 4pm ($4 for an adult, $2 for a child, and $10 for a family; there is a also a raffle for a food basket; drawing at3:45). It is a simple, timely, and delightful way to spend some time catching up with friends, neighbors, and a tasty seasonal fruit; bring someone who has never been. This weekend is also the annual GardenWalk Cleveland, a non-fussy version of the garden tour. Both of these events remind us that late spring and early summer is a productive time in the garden in Cleveland, even if some years it feels as though we are just emerging from hibernation, snow, and grey skies. There are already flavors strong and mild available from our gardens, from mild pale greens to mustard greens and radishes with enough bite to make your eyes water a just bit. There are textures from melt in your mouth (say, wilted spinach with spring onions or sautéed leeks) to crunchy and chewy (say, carrots, kohlrabi, and kale). And of course there are strawberries with their full sweetness and flavor not lost on the way from somewhere else. So we have several opportunities this weekend to remind ourselves and each other that the local food season is open. 

– Julie 

Saturday @ GSFM

Ohio Heirloom Seeds 

Stop by the Customer Service table and support the market through your purchase of Ohio Heirloom Seeds. For $3 or 2/$5, we have 25 varieties of herbs, greens, flowers, and veggies that are great to start at this time in the season. Proceeds benefit GSFM. 

Vendor Highlights

EcoVillage Produce will have spicy asian greens, green onions, kale (curly, red russian, tuscan), kohlrabi (samples of raw and in a ham & kohlrabi bake), leeks, mixed cooking greens, radishes (cherry belle and salad rose), strawberries, spinach, flowers, and herbs (cilantro, hot oregano, lavender, parsley, and sage). 

Wooden Knight will have their perfect spring lettuce mix, garlic scapes, carrots, cilantro, and homemade cookies.

Honest Desires will have lettuce, some kale, cilantro, more heirloom french breakfast radishes, and a few strawberries. They have a good chance at beets, small onions, and maybe a summer squash, if the weather cooperates.

Anita Nonneman from Bethany Church returns with lovely and unique South African arts and crafts. 

Simple Spunky Jewelry will be bringing some canned jams and preserves as well as her homemade lip balm and jewelry. 

Shelby’s Soy Candles is bringing more summer fragrances that are clean burning and will bring back great memories. They will have their standard 10 ounce, soy tart, and oils. 

George from Publish Ohio will be at the market this week with a variety of veggie plants as well as his 240-page guide on Ohio agriculture and classic local Cleveland images. 

Earth Day Coalition will be at the community table offering environmental education and literature. Stop by to play the DQ Wheel game and win an energy efficient light bulb. If you’re interested in being a vendor at the community table, contact us!

Food truck of the week: Little Cheesers makes their first market appearance of the season. They will have their signature grilled cheese sandwiches and will be making fresh, hot cinnamon rolls for the market!