How to Become a Vendor

Thank you for your interest in participating in Countryside Farmers’ Markets!

Applications for the 2020 Howe Meadow season will be available in January 2020.

More information on the 2020 Highland Square season coming soon.

Applications for Countryside Public Market are accepted on a rolling basis, please contact Alicia Hall at ahall@countrysidefoodandfarms.org for more information.

 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. Currently, we manage two summer markets, one winter market, and one year-round market in the greater Akron area. 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. 2019 is our sixteenth season in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and our fifteenth season in Akron.

The purposes of the Countryside Farmers’ Markets are three-fold:

  • Provide a venue where local farmers, producers, artisans, and artists can sell their high-quality products directly to the consumer.
  • Connect consumers with a wide array of locally grown and produced foods and goods in a setting that allows them to interact directly with the grower or producer, thereby re-connecting them directly to the source of their food.
  • Create a space that allows for community interaction and enjoyment, informal public education and civic engagement.