A Salute to Farmers
Farmers and growers are a vital part of the community heartbeat. From alpacas to honey to zucchini, The O.F.F. Market has had a wide variety of farmers join us over the years. Since they're in the midst of the growing season, we wanted to give them an extra shout out of encouragement to keep up the good work. We also want you, our delightful readers, to know where you can find things like delicious produce, raw honey, or locally raised beef.
Bees and Honey
I recently learned a new word: Apiary. What is this thing? Something to do with monkeys? Nope, it's the term for a place bees are kept. We've got two amazing honey apiaries with us this year. Not only are you able to purchase honey at each one of our markets, but you can even go further and support the ecosystem by sponsoring a hive. Check out Gaiser Bee Co. and Queen City Bees for more information on how you can help out our local honey bee community.
Home brewers, rejoice! We now have Olamani Sipu Hop Yard bringing locally grown hops to the O.F.F. Market. Start fulfilling your brewing dreams and impressing all your friends by making beer with hops grown here in Ohio for your next big party.
Camps and Classes
Gorman Farm is a longtime Cincinnati favorite. In addition to being a working farm with animals, produce and flowers, they have also classes, camps, and the famous Sunflower Festival. Don't forget to meet Gary the goat, and get more information from the humans working the booth. You can't go wrong by checking them out!
Whittmeyer White Oak Valley Farm is another new vendor this year. They've been bringing produce, along with their delicious squash pizza crusts made with their own veggies.
Bean Bazaar started things off early this season with a wonderful selection of heirloom tomato plants, peppers and herbs. They also have granola, jams, and other produce available.
Family owned, responsibly pasture raised, hormone and sterioid free, Cincy Beef is bringing high-quality, local meats to the Cincinnati area. We were excited to have them with us in June. You can purchase meat when you find them at the market, or you can visit their site to purchase it in bulk. Happy cows make happy dinners.
I hope this list of local farmers has been helpful. If you know a farmer who might be interested in participating in our markets have them fill out an application. We'd love to hear from them.
Several of these farmers will be hanging out at Madtree on July 29 for our next market. Visit our Facebook event page, like us on Instagram @theoffmarket, and remember to # your market photos with #theoffmarket for a chance to win a gift certificate to spend at the next show!