August 20, 2014

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Farmers’ market starts this weekend in Medina

MEDINA — Mushroom lovers will have a variety of fungi to choose from at the seventh annual Medina County Farmers’ Market that opens Saturday.

Susan Hirsch with the Medina County Department of Planning Services said this year’s market will fill Public Square with 62 vendors.

Valley City Fungi, a farm that cultivates mushroom varieties, and B.W. Hog Farm, which specializes in fresh pork and pork products, are new to the market this year.

a1-mg-color-5cols-market-copyA crowd mills through the 2009 Medina County Farmers’ Market. The market will open Saturday on Public Square in Medina and will feature 62 vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo provided)

“In addition to those, we’re going to have someone who sharpens knives and scissors and a couple new soap and jewelry people,” Hirsch said.

Hirsch listed several reasons why buying from farmers’ markets is a smart choice for consumers, who typically depend on commercial supermarkets for food.

“(The produce) is fresher. It hasn’t been on a truck for days,” she said. “When you buy a strawberry from a market, it’ll still be fresh a week later. You get to know who grew your food … you feel better about it. It helps local farmers and it helps the local economy.”

She added: “Almost everybody has a sample of something that you can try.”

Returning to the farmer’s market will be vendors bringing cheeses, grass-fed beef, baked goods, eggs, honey and syrup.

Because all the produce will be seasonal, Hirsch said not to expect sweet corn or tomatoes just yet.

“Mostly it will be a lot of bedding plants, asparagus, lettuce, strawberries … things that come up early,” she said.

Hirsch said this Saturday’s market will feature a cooking demonstration by Gary Quesada, chef and owner of Main Street Cafe. Hirsch said Quesada will “get inspired” by walking around the market in the morning and using the food in his demonstration.

“It’s a fun one. It’s a beautiful setting and the ambiance is nice,” Hirsch said of the farmers’ market.

“It’s not just buying (food). It’s the whole experience.”

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.