Thursday will mark the opening day of the MainStreet Cleveland Five-Points Farmers Market.
Fruits and specialty items will also be offered to the residents of Cleveland as the season opens, according to Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet.
“Garden fresh produce is on its way back to your dinner table as farmers from around the area sell their freshest fruits and vegetables at the market on Thursday afternoons in historic downtown. MainStreet Cleveland is organizing the seasonal market that opens 4 to 7 p.m. each Thursday at First Street Square until final harvest at the end of summer,” Marr said.
The market opening will feature live music by the Cleveland Community Stage Band, according to Marr.
Artists and crafters will be set up around the park with a great selection of unique arts and crafts.
“We are excited to provide additional opportunities for area residents to buy locally grown fresh produce and to offer our local and regional farmers a unique place to sell their crops,” Marr said.
Jennifer Norton, founding director of the Greenway Table and Community Garden, serves on the Five Points Market organization committee. According to Norton, “The Thursday afternoon market gives customers a chance to shop after work and plan for weekend meals with delicious fresh foods.”
Norton’s project at the Greenway Table was born four years ago and is used as a teaching aid as well as providing fresh harvests which are also sold at the Farmer’s Market each week.
The Farmer’s Market is one of many downtown ventures hosted by MainStreet Cleveland.
The last weekend each month, MainStreet Cruise-in participants fill several city blocks with vintage vehicles of all types.
Concert series are held in the parks downtown during the warmer season as well. Festivals, a block party and Christmas events — including the annual MainStreet Christmas Parade — round out each year.
Five Points Market is located at First Street Square at the corner of Parker Street and First Street, across from the Museum Center at Five Points. All area farmers and gardeners are invited to participate, spaces are free. For more information about the market, call 479-1000 or visit www.mainstreetcleveland.com.