GETTING FRESH IN WAYNE COUNTY
It’s that time of the year; local farmers and gardeners alike are dusting off their folding tables, pop-up awnings and cash boxes gearing up for the farm market season. If you’ve never experienced a local weekly market, picked your own apples or stopped off at a roadside stand to purchase fresh from the farm produce, you’re really missing a Wayne County treat.
Fresh from the farm flavor. Because locally purchased produce was harvested that day or the day before, the product you are purchasing is farm fresh. You will quickly realize just how much better these fruits and veggies taste. There is nothing quite like an apple picked straight from the tree, a tomato fresh off the vine, or a fresh brown egg from a free range chicken to prove our point.
Getting to know your local farmer. Besides the nutritional value and great taste of fresh produce, there is also the economic importance of buying directly from the farmer and keeping the money local. You’ll enjoy meeting the farmer who grew your green beans and potatoes. Many times they have wonderful recipes to share and are quick to slice a melon to share with shoppers before they buy. Your kids can see where food really comes from.
A whole lot of fun. Start a Saturday tradition by grabbing a cup of coffee or a smoothie at a local coffee shop then visiting the vendors at your local market. Wander from booth to booth, smelling bouquets of flowers displayed in mason jars, fresh from the oven artisan breads and cinnamon rolls, local honey, fresh picked produce and herbs. Many markets offer locally made arts and crafts, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and live music. Stop by Secrest Arboretum and let the kids slide down the slide in the Children’s Area.
Visit the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a list of our local farmers’ markets and roadside farm markets at www.wccvb.com. Or give us a call at 1-800-362-6474 and we will be glad to send you a copy of the 2021 Wayne County Visitors Guide. An updated calendar of events is available online at wccvb.com.
Here is a list of some of the Wayne County’s local farm markets and co-ops, offering pick your own produce, seasonal activities, corn mazes, and cooking classes!
Bauman Orchards, Inc., Rittman www.baumanorchards.com
Local Roots Market and Café, Downtown Wooster www.localrootswooster.com
Maurer’s Farm Market, Wooster www.maurersberriesvegs.com
Moreland Fruit Farm & Farm Market, Wooster www.morelandfruitfarm.com
Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch, Wooster www.ramseyerfarms.comRittman Orchards and Farm Market, Doylestown www.rittmanorchards.com