With farm markets, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own Farms, and roadside markets all in full-swing, it’s that time again to review the differences between them and what you can expect when traveling the highway, byways and back roads of the buckeye state.
Farm market is a location where a producer offers fruits, vegetables, and other items for sale. These products are usually sold at the farm where they were grown. Generally, the market is open daily during the growing season.
Farmers’ market is a location where several producers congregate to offer fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, etc. These markets are often located in a public parking lot or at a local fairground. During the harvest season, most markets are open once or twice a week.
Pick-your-own describes a farm where the grower allows customers to pick their own produce directly from the field or orchard. These markets are typically open every day during the product’s harvest season.
Roadside market is located along the road where it is convenient for customers to purchase produce on the way to their final destination. These markets are often open daily during the harvest season.
Knowing what’s available when and the peak season for the best Ohio produce I’ve included an “availability” chart that I hope you will find handy for this year courtesy of our friends at Ohio Proud.
Here’s seeing you, in Ohio Country!
The writer is an award-winning veteran broadcaster for more than 30 years.