Staff Blogger: Rebecca Mullins, Advancement/Communications Intern
The Lakeside Business District is usually calm in the mornings with people quietly shuffling in and out of Coffee & Cream sipping on coffee or waiting in line to eat Patio donuts. However, that atmosphere changes twice a week when the vendors for the Farmers’ Market roll in.
The street is lined with pop-up tents bursting with everything from fresh vegetables and homemade pies to coffee brewed to perfection. People gather along the street to buy all of these simple, fresh ingredients. Here are some of my favorite vendors at the market.
A long-time Farmers’ Market vendor is Easy as Pie. Coming for more than six years, owner Betty Jane Hoyt has seen the market grow in popularity every year. The flaky crust on each pie is perfectly hand-crafted, and her best-seller is the strawberry rhubarb pie.
Only on Fridays can you catch Miss Kitti’s Nut and Poppyseed Rolls. They first became interested in Lakeside after visiting and seeing how beautiful it was. During the summer, their most popular item is the fluffy, delicious angel food cake, while in the fall it is the rolls. I would personally recommend the pineapple coconut roll!
One very special fruit you can find at the Farmers’ Market is the aprium. Sold by the Organic Veggies and Herbs tent in front of Hoover, this unique fruit is a hybrid between an apricot and a plum. Stop by the tent and try it out for yourself.
See what’s buzzing at the local honey tent. Several different honeys are available, including unique flavors, such as orange blossom, cinnamon or chocolate honey. Or, if you’re just craving a sweet treat, snag one of the honey sticks. While at the tent, make sure to take a look at all the bees in action at the hive.
Relish in Adah Glee’s Garden tent. With fresh pickled asparagus, candied jalapenos and green tomato relish, this family business has been attending the Farmers’ Market for more than two years. They enjoy sharing their family recipes and love the quaint feeling of the community.
Wrap up your trip to the market by stopping by My Mother’s Market, the Sandusky local rustic wagon located right across from Coffee & Cream. The wagon is always bursting with sweet corn and South Carolina peaches. Cindy McClung, owner of My Mother’s Market, assisted in organizing the very first Farmers’ Market and has been coming to the same spot ever since. McClung’s boys grew up delivering her sweet corn, but are now old enough to be busy with sports during the summer.
Farmers’ Markets are a great opportunity to not only support local businesses, but also taste great, fresh foods. Occurring every Tuesday and Friday during season, the Farmers’ Market is fun for all ages and sells food that grocery stores just can’t beat. Lakeside Chautauqua hosts this Farmers’ Market in an effort to promote health and wellness. Stop by the Business District between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays to treat yourself.
This summer’s Farmers’ Market is bigger and better than ever with a total of 17 vendors, including Adah Glee’s Garden, Al’s Vegetables, Danny Bergman, DTF Enterprises, Easy As Pie, Elk Creek Honey Farm, Farmers Wife Breads, Fresh 2 U Coffee, Healthy Bakes by Catherine, Heywood Gardens, Miss Kitti’s, My Mother’s Market, Quinstock Farms, Racheal’s Veggies, Sonny Boys All Purpose Spice Blend, TNT Farms and Tyler’s Farm.