Sunday, February 21, 2010

Farmers' Markets in Winter

You have to go pretty far south to find farms in their growing season, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to buy at your local farm markets. Admittedly, Cincinnati's historic Findlay Market is not your typical seasonal tailgate market. And yet there are a surprisingly robust number of markets that have found indoor places to hold winter markets. At Findlay, there even are some hardy souls hanging outdoors at the farm shed on Saturdays, selling pastured meat and eggs or orchard apples from their trucks.
Now that we're in a February thaw, the number of shoppers at the market has picked up, especially on Saturday. In addition to the fish, meats, prepared foods, cheeses, teas, coffee and wine/beer available in Findlay's indoor areas, you'll also find locally made foods, jewelry, soap, baked goods and all manner of other treats even in the dead of winter.
I always like to get lunch there, too, and can't seem to get past the terrific vegetarian crepes at Taste of Belgium.
Here are some photos from a Saturday visit. The market is open Tuesday through Sunday in all weather except a Level 3 Snow Emergency, which has not occurred (thank the Lord) in recent years.

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