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One perk of Midwest living is the dozens of farmers’ markets—many in small communities surrounded by farmland, where the produce is really local. Pack a cooler and head out to Clintonville Farmers’ Market. Located less than 10 miles north of Columbus, Clintonville is a perfect spot to see the best of Ohio farm culture. This year marks the market’s 11th season and dozens of regional farms and small businesses will be there selling seasonal flowers and produce; homemade jams, relishes, salsas, and mustards; grass-fed meats; handcrafted dairy products; artisanal baked goods; candy; raw honey; maple syrup; coffee; and more, including some stuff you might be surprised to find at a farm market, like high-quality dog food, alpaca and lamb’s wool, and homemade veggie burgers. Visit on a Wednesday to meet the next generation of farmers from The OSU Student Farm. 3519 N. High St., Clintonville; Sat 9 am–noon thru Nov 23; Wed 4–7 pm thru Aug 14, clintonvillefarmersmarket.org
From asparagus to zucchini, you’ll find it at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, along with Indiana specialties such as paw paws, lavender, and native ferns. 401 N. Morton St., Bloomington; Sat 8 am–1 pm thru Nov 30, bloomington.in.gov
Sauerkraut! Spelt flour! Honeycombs! Duck eggs! The 20-year-old Yellow Springs Farmers’ Market offers top-quality Ohio-grown produce, meats, and dairy from 20-plus regional vendors. 228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs; Sat 7 am–noon thru Oct 31, yellowspringsfarmersmarket.com
The Paris/Bourbon County Farmers’ Market is all Kentucky, all the time, featuring 100 percent locally produced meats, arts and crafts, sorghum, and fried pies. 720 High St., Paris, KY; Store: Mon–Fri 9 am–5 pm, Sat 9–2; Market: Mon & Wed 4–6 pm, Sat 9–noon, kyagr.com
Originally published in the August 2013 issue