Willoughby Outdoor Market opened last Saturday morning and even though the skies were threatening it was a balmy 73 degrees at 10:00 am – it felt so good to run around without the weight of a winter coat, hats, gloves and boots! Not much has ripened yet here in Northeast Ohio but there were plenty of early veggies, herbs, flowers and baked goods. This farmers’ market is held in the parking lot of Willoughby city hall and operates from 8 am to 12 noon every Saturday from May 1 to October 30. As the summer progresses, more and more food vendors will be on hand offering the best of seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods and crafts. If you live in our part of Northeast Ohio or are visiting the lake this summer definitely stop by the market and then visit the antique stores and boutiques in downtown Willoughby. There are some great restaurants too!
I had a lot of fun talking with the vendors, sampling their offerings and yes, of course, I filled my shopping bag! Shop with me, and stop by and sample these vendors wares.
The Prims had early season Simpson lettuce and green onions, grown right in Willoughby. They will have more produce as the season progresses.
Wine jelly from “The Bread Basket”. I love their motto – “Just two Mom’s loafing around”. I could not resist their wine jelly – all varieties of reds and whites. I bought the cabernet – tastes just like ice wine!
I bought Skinny Pickles last year and was glad to get some more. Their herb bread is very good too! www.alexbevan.com, click on “Skinny Pickles”
Potica from Old World Potica, 8204 Mentor Ave, Mentor Ohio 44060, 440-655-0609
Get yours from North Coast Baking, by Connie Trunkely. firstname.lastname@example.org
Estelle Sciortino makes cookie party trays – who could resist these cute hearts? Call Estelle at 440-942-3010
Now these biscotti are to die for! Bella Biscotti by Joanne Filocco is at the market just about every week. You can also contact her at email@example.com or 440-953-8227. I think these would be great for a Bed and Breakfast! Joanne says they freeze well, so buy a bunch.