The Northside Farmers Market
Named the 'Best Year-Round Farmers Market' - 2012 "Best of Cincinnati" City Beat staff pick.
Spring comes early at the Northside Farmers Market
The Northside Farmers Market is a twelve month market that brings tri state farmers to the city of Cincinnati to sell their produce, meat, eggs, crafts and fruit. From mid May to Mid October NFM is located at 4101 Hamilton Avenue in Jacob Hoffner Park, and the other months the NFM lives in the North Presbyterian Church Auditorium located at 4222 Hamilton Avenue. We are open every Wednesday from 4-7pm. You can find NFM on facebook at: facebook.com/cincinorthsidefarmersmarket or on twitter at #nsidefarmersmkt . NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside.
In March and April the Northside Farmers Market specializes in selling whole grains and grass fed meats. Carriage House Farms brings a variety of freshly milled grains every week such as whole wheat, corn meal and polenta while three vendors bring their grass fed meats to the market. Mudfoot Farms sells beef and lamb, Back Acre Farms sells chicken and once a month Rising Sun brings pork. Eggs can always be found at many vendors such as Lobenstein Farms.
Root vegetables will be in season through April at the Northside Farmers Market; potatoes, radishes, turnips and hydroponic lettuce will be staples as we wait for the growing season to begin. Every week we carry dried herbs from Wind Dance Farm, sauerkraut from Fab Ferments, and desert is always present in the form of coffee from Cluxton Alley Coffee Roasters, graham crackers from Grateful Grahams, chocolate bars from Chocolats Latour or cake balls from Baby Cakes Cincinnati. Also every week is hummus from A.N.A.O., cheese from Ohio Farm Direct, grape seed oils from Wildtree and bread from Shadeau Bread and Blue Oven Bakery. If you don't need produce, but would like to find a perfect gift for a wedding or birthday we have knitted crafts and jewelry from Janell Arts or soaps, dog bones and cleaning supplies from The Tree Hugger Company.
Each month reenergizes the Northside Farmers Market because vendors are bringing new products they have grown in their hoop houses and their land. In April and May the NFM vendors will be selling flats of flowers, vegetable starter plants for our garden and mother's day baskets. Also in April and May Idyllwild Farm, Maketewah Farm and Running Creek Farm will join us again with fresh vegetables. May 15th, the indoor market will grow twice its size and move outdoors to the Jacob Hoffner Park location through October. Food trucks, children's activities, Farm 2 Table demonstrations and special events happening throughout the summer months make the Northside Farmers Market a community highlight.
History of Farming in Northside
In the 1950's Northside had a greenhouse/farming area known as Frogtown which consisted of three large greenhouses located near Spring Grove Cemetery along Crawford and Spring Lawn roads. The area was nicknamed frogtown because of the natural springs that were the home to prevalent croaking frogs. The original families – the Kock's, Kissel's and Hoeweller's had over 6 acres of gardens under glass in the area. The Kissel's stopped gardening in the 1980's, however, the Kock's still garden and reside in Frogtown today.
In the 1880's through the early 1950's dairy farms were located along West Fork Road and Kirby Avenue in Northside. Ammon Avenue, off of Colerain, is named for one of the early dairy farmers - Johann Georg Ammon who passed away in 1891. Bosse Dairy, Henry Meyer Dairy, Blessing Dairy and John T. Ruether Dairy were a few of the various dairy farms in Northside. Today a few Northside residents still remember receiving home deliveries of milk. Dann Woellert's book titled, ‘Cincinnati's Northside Neighborhood' in the Images of America Series has more.
Northside Farmers Market
Sara Mulhauser, NFM Market Manager
Oct 15 - May 8: North Presbyterian Church Auditorium, 4222 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45223
May 15 - Oct 10: Jacob Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
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