We spent Saturday in Cleveland visiting family and friends, and made it to the West Side Market, the city’s oldest publicly owned market. It started back in 1840 and in 1912 was housed in its yellow market building, where it still exists and thrives today.
We got some produce from the long line of produce vendors that line the arcade. In particular, I was excited to get a melon from Rooted Cleveland, a “seasonally and sustainably-oriented produce stand…providing local and organically minded specialty produce.” The market is great in its variety of produce and its affordability, but much of it comes from far away. I am really happy to see a vendor specializing in truly local and seasonal produce there, and I hope they thrive. We’ll definitely be back to visit their stand next time. (They even sold rhubarb pie kits with all the ingredients you’d need to make a pie!)
We ended up with some salad greens, as well as the aforementioned melon and some other fruit.
My photos aren’t the greatest – it was a cloudy day and I was using my cell phone inside the market. And also holding bags of fruit. Lots of meat places with many cuts and specialty items. I hope that over time the market gets more vendors using locally raised meats and grass-fed items.
We didn’t think ahead enough to bring a cooler, or else I definitely would have come home with some cheese. (made in the Cleve!)
Earlier in the day we had eaten lunch at Noodlecat, a ramen restaurant and one of our favorite restaurants in Cleveland. (Home of the most amazing brussels sprouts dish that you could ever dream of. Thanks to Noodlecat for making them for us at lunch even though they are on the dinner menu!) We discovered that they also have a stall at the West Side Market!
We also came home with some papardelle from Ohio City Pasta. It’s hard not to put your hands all over the case and press your nose up to it, the pasta looks so good. They also have tons of homemade ravioli that were tempting too.
Mark and I also gave into our favorites – Campbell’s Sweets Factory White Cheddar Dichotomy Popcorn for me, and a cupcake from Grandma Campbell’s for him.
Food was good, but the beer sampler was the best. I got to choose 6 of their own beers to taste. I was really happy to be able to fill 6 without having a stout or an IPA in the list. I loved them all, but the All-American Lager was my favorite (far right). Had I had some forethought, I would have taken a growler or a growlerette home. I just love craft beers, especially having them at the same place where they are brewed.
We also drove by several urban farms yesterday that have popped up in Cleveland within the last year or two, which is really great. I’d like to check out the Ohio City Farm Stand next time we’re there – it was purple!