Saturday I had to work at my day job so I couldn’t attend the Haymaker Farmers’ Market in Kent (womp. womp). However, I totally lucked out and just a few blocks from work the Countryside Conservancy had partnered with the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Art Museum to host a pretty outstanding 10th anniversary bash.
I took a break before we opened to the public and headed down to the celebration.
Market vendors were set up at both locations and they even had birthday cake!
Cake makes for a great breakfast!
Their brewed by the cup coffee was outstanding – especially alongside a delicious piece of West Side Bakery birthday cake!
I picked up some chorizo and Candian bacon from Brunty Farms with the thought of a pretty stellar Sunday morning breakfast in mind. And once I’m done with my cup of coffee and this blog post I’m going to get started on that!
I stopped at Summit Croissants to pick up a palmier for the student assistant who was scheduled to work the front desk. It was the least I could do. Seriously, who the heck likes to work on a Saturday?
I saw my pal Phil from Breezy Hill Farms but his line was CRAZY long and I was on a bit of a time crunch so I just said hello and carried on.
I was running out of cash by this point and hadn’t even crossed the street yet! I headed over to the art museum and spent the last of my money on a big bag of kale from Red Basket Farm. That kale will be great with the Brunty chorizo in a nice soup.
I had a fantastic time at the anniversary celebration. It was awesome to see such a huge turn out to support the market. The Countryside Conservancy is a pretty radical organization and they do a lot for the local food and farming scene – markets, classes, seminars. When I lived in Akron I loved heading down to the Howe Meadow market on Saturday mornings. And even as an out-of-towner I still truck over to the Highland Square Market on Thursday afternoons in the summer to see my gals from Huffman Fruit Farm (Gah! I miss your berries and stone fruits. Come on summer!).
I missed my pals in Kent this Saturday and was again reminded of how grateful I am that the Haymaker Farmers’ Market is open year-round. We are a dedicated bunch over there in Kent and I am proud to be a part of it!
Oh, and if you’re jonesin’ for some Barton Farms and Gardens jam we’ll be back with our Haymaker friends at the United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 19. See you then.