How to Become a Vendor
Thank you for your interest in participating in Countryside Farmers’ Markets!
The application period for the 2022-2023 market seasons have ended.
Since 1999, Countryside has connected people, food, and land throughout Northeast Ohio. Our programs re-establish farms in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, run farmers’ markets in the greater Akron area, and educate citizens about the importance of local food and farming. We also help up-and-coming farmers find land, and connect local growers to chefs and consumers.
As a partner of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we assist in managing the Countryside Initiative program, with farms located within the boundaries of our National Park. These farms are committed to sustainable agriculture and work hard with their park partners to be good land stewards. Together, the farms and Countryside bring over 100,000 visitors to the valley each year and have an economic impact of millions of dollars.
As an outgrowth of the Countryside Initiative program, we began managing farmers’ markets in 2004. The markets collectively serve over 50,000 customers each year, and in 2014 the vendors reached a collective milestone of over $1M in annual sales. 2022 is our nineteenth season in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow occurs every Saturday, 9am-12pm, May-October.
The purpose of Countryside Farmers’ Markets is to advance our organizational goals and objectives by creating a place that speaks to our purpose and values through the congregation of the actors we serve. Countryside’s goals are preserving farmland, cultivating new farmers, and expanding local food. Our objectives are to become financially secure, to be ecologically centric, and to embody equity and diversity.