News

Welcome to 2017!

19-Apr-2017

Yes, 2017 technically started months ago. For a farmers' market manager though, the beginning of the outdoor market season is really the start of the new year. Much as individuals reflect on the previous year, their values, and the ways that they want to grow and improve in the coming year, I reflect on the previous market season, why Countryside and I do what we do, and how we can do it bette.. Read More


NEEDED: Assistant Farmers' Market Manager

16-Mar-2017

The Farmers' Market season is right around the corner! Countryside needs an Assistant Farmers' Market Manager to help coordinate and execute a fantastic season. Click here (/documents/2017 CFM Assistant.doc) for full job descriptions and application information... Read More


Did You Know...

08-Feb-2017

Whether it's broccoli or bacon, wine or beer, milk or orange juice, potato chips or hummus - our food comes from farmland! That's something we can all agree on. Countryside works hard to connect farmers, food producers and consumers to each other. But making the connection between losing farmland and the food we purchase is not always obvious to people. Did you know that eve.. Read More


2017 CSA Options

18-Jan-2017

Thinking ahead to the coming growing season is one of the things that keeps me going through the dreary months of January and February. Farmer’s aren’t just thinking and dreaming though - they’re working hard to make my fruit, veg and flower dreams come true. They are assessing the previous season to see what worked and what didn’t, taking inventory of their supplies and restocking, plan.. Read More


Heritage Breed Livestock in CVNP

11-Jan-2017

Several of the Countryside Initiative Farms here in Cuyahoga Valley National Park raise livestock. Livestock are animals raised for agricultural uses like meat, fiber and labor. Many of these farms raise Heritage Breed livestock. Heritage Breeds represent historic breeds that were popular in the past for having desirable qualities during that era. Some were raised for things like fib.. Read More


Farmers' Market Intern Needed!!

04-Jan-2017

Countryside Farmers' Markets is looking for a helping hand to plan and execute the markets! Farmers’ Market Intern ~ Winter/Spring 2017 The Farmers’ Market Intern provides support to the Farmers’ Market Manager in planning, preparing for and executing the Countryside Farmers’ Market. This includes on-site support, coordination with vendors and market sites, facilitating market events.. Read More


Remembering Darwin with the Deepest Gratitude

14-Dec-2016

Friends, Many of you have heard, Darwin Kelsey, the Founder and Executive Director of Countryside Conservancy since 1999, passed away over the weekend. My words cannot do just to the impact that Darwin has had on my life. I suspect that if you are reading this, you have felt many of the same impacts. Without Darwin’s passion and commitment to sustainable agriculture and local foods.. Read More


A letter from our Interim Executive Director -

16-Nov-2016

'To everything there is a season'… And indeed, we have seen the sun-kissed lush, green pastures overtaken by crimson horizons and frost-dusted dawns, and still to come the crystal white blanket of winter that ushers in warm hopes for spring. This is the time of year that a farmer's mind shifts from planting and harvest to dreaming and planning for the next season. Fall harves.. Read More


Countryside Winter Farmers' Market Starts Saturday!

09-Nov-2016

Countryside is excited to kick-off another Winter Market season this Saturday! Even throughout the winter, fresh produce is the backbone of the market. Area farms bring a bounty of both hardy storage crops and freshly harvested items. Sustainably raised meats – beef, pork, poultry, even goat (!) – farm fresh eggs, handcrafted cheese, baked goods, jams, coffee, tea, fresh pasta, cured meat.. Read More


Introducing Countryside Field Guide: Thanksgiving

01-Nov-2016

As an organization whose mission is to connect people, food, and land, we are thrilled to share with you a publication to help you make your Thanksgiving as local as you desire. Inside you will find information on ingredients commonly available from local farmers during the run up to Thanksgiving, including turkey breeds, potato varieties, and more - with recipes to provide inspiration for yo.. Read More


Congratulations To Our Founding Director!

21-Sep-2016

Congratulations To Our Founding Director As He Moves Into A New Role! Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Darwin Kelsey! Darwin has announced that he has transitioned his role as the Executive Director of Countryside Conservancy to the role of Director Emeritus. Darwin has served with unwavering dedication as Countryside's Director since its founding in 1999. He is a pi.. Read More


The Vegetable Butcher ~ with Romesco Recipe!

14-Sep-2016

Have you heard about our special guest at the end of the month? Cara Mangini, author of The Vegetable Butcher, and chef and executive chef at Little Eater in Columbus, will be joining us for a Friday evening speaking engagement, and then again on Saturday morning, at the market, for a cooking demo. I am so excited!! Cara's book, The Vegetable Butcher, hits all of my sweet spots: it's .. Read More


Fabulous Fall Foods

07-Sep-2016

Summer is coming to an end and we're starting to see hints of fall around every corner. Kids are back in school, Labor Day has come and gone, nights are getting cooler. Best of all, fall foods are showing up at the market. Don't get me wrong ~ I love summer produce and I'm going to miss it. But the deep flavors of fall and their rich cooking aromas make me swoon. Winter squash have starte.. Read More


10 Great Buys for Labor Day (with Recipes!)

31-Aug-2016

Labor Day is the time to get in on the summer goodness before it's gone. Here are some market items perfect for the holiday and some great recipes to use them in! This chicken is making my mouth water ~ Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce (https://food52.com/recipes/29178-kevin-gillespie-s-barbecue-chicken-with-alabama-white-barbecue-sauce). Brunty Farms is cutting a Lab.. Read More


Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy Welcome 2 New Farms

13-Jul-2016

Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy are pleased to announce that the National Park Service Regional Director has issued Letters of Intent to lease the 2 farmsteads historically known as the Edgar Farm and the Schmidt Foster Farm. The first farm to receive the news was Oxbow Orchard to be operated by Beth Lomske and Kyla Werlin. Kyla and Beth will be moving into .. Read More


Summit Food Policy Coalition Grows

29-Jun-2016

~~Contributed by Beth Knorr, Executive Director of Summit Food Policy Coalition and Director of Markets at Countryside Conservancy~~ It has been an amazing thing to watch the local food movement grow, shift, expand, and gain momentum over the past twenty years. It has gone from “What is a CSA?” to “How are we addressing transportation issues to increase access in our most vulnerable neighb.. Read More


We are hiring!

20-Jun-2016

Position Available: Part Time Office Assistant Position Summary Countryside Conservancy is accepting applications for a part time Office Assistant. Applications are due not later than Sunday, July 10, 2016. The Office Assistant reports directly to the Executive Director, and has primary responsibility for managing basic office operations. The Office Assistant serves as a.. Read More


Picnic in the Park ~ June 18th

31-May-2016

Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow is delighted to present Picnic in the Park on June 18th! In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, and in conjunction with International Picnic Day, Countryside is offering a limited number of special picnic lunches. Picnics are designed to serve two and include three dishes, as well as vouchers for picnickers to select desserts an.. Read More


Highland Square Opening Day 2016!

17-May-2016

This season at Highland Square has many special treats in store, and that starts with opening day! First, we'd like to welcome a new vendor and one that's returning after a hiatus from the markets. This year, Oak Tree Farms Hydroponics (http://www.cvcountryside.org/fm-vendors/oak-tree-farms-hydroponics) will be joining us. They are a hyper-local farm specializing in lettuces, greens,.. Read More


Howe Meadow Opening Day 2016!

04-May-2016

Who's excited to get the outdoor market season kicked off?? Countryside certainly is! We are pleased to be welcoming 7 new vendors to Howe Meadow this season - each adding diversity and depth to our existing vendors and product mix. We are also welcoming back 2 former vendors. Here are some brief introductions: Avant Gardens Farm & Mushroomery (http://www.cvcountryside.org/fm-vendo.. Read More


Open Position Announcement!

02-May-2016

Countryside Conservancy is seeking a highly organized, enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Administrative Coordinator. This is the perfect opportunity to join an organization that is well known throughout the region as a leader on the local food front! Full time position. Send letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Darwin Kelsey: dkelsey@cvcountryside.. Read More


A Revolution is Coming

30-Mar-2016

By Darwin Kelsey, Executive Director Which one, you might ask! Well, it’s not just the one(s) we hear about every night on the news from the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns. It’s one they seem not to have noticed yet. But the good news is, if you are reading this (or much of anything on the Countryside website) you are probably someone who will be pleased to learn abo.. Read More


Board Member Highlight - Douglas Katz

16-Mar-2016

We are very grateful for the work and time that our Board members volunteer to our organization. We have a list of dedicated amazing people on our team, and we would like for you to get to know them. Today we are posting an interview with long-time Countryside supporter, Board member and super-amazing Chef Douglas Katz. Douglas owns several eateries and food businesses in the Cl.. Read More


Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

08-Mar-2016

This year marks the Centennial of the National Park Service. NPS will officially turn 100 on August 25, 2016! Cuyahoga Valley National Park has a number of special events, from BioBlitz to orchestra performances at Blossom Music Center, happening throughout the spring and summer to celebrate this important milestone. Click here to visit our Centennial Special Events page. (/learn-special-event.. Read More


Spring is Coming! Are you Ready?

05-Mar-2016

Countryside Farmers' Market returns to Howe Meadow Saturday May 7th! .. Read More


We're Hiring!

03-Feb-2016

Countryside Conservancy is seeking a highly organized, enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Farmers' Market Manager. If an exciting career on the front lines of local food is something you dream about, this could be the perfect opportunity! Full time position. Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Beth Knorr: farmersmarket@cvcountryside.org by February.. Read More


Cold Weather & Farm Animals

04-Jan-2016

Many people are concerned about the welfare of farm animals during winter and periods of extreme cold. Please be assured the Countryside Initiative farm animals are fine. These animals are born and raised outside like deer and other wildlife. The draft horses grow a thick winter coat each year and their breed is known for their resilience in cold climates. Sheep, pigs, poultry and goats also h.. Read More


Tomato Tasting Returns to Howe Meadow

29-Aug-2015

Countryside Farmers’ Market’s annual Tomato Tasting will return to Howe Meadow on Saturday, August 29th from 9am-noon. For the 9th consecutive year, the event will feature over 30 varieties of locally grown tomatoes that customers can sample. The tomatoes will be cut up and ready to taste in a center booth so that market goers of all ages can explore the variety of flavors and find their favor.. Read More


Countryside Farmers' Market Hosts Crafty Mart

17-Jul-2015

On Saturday, August 8, Countryside Conservancy and Crafty Mart (http://www.craftymart.org/) are teaming up to hold the mother of all markets. On that morning from 9am-noon, additional tents will be set up as part of the Crafty Mart pop-up at Countryside Farmers’ Market in Howe Meadow. Visitors to the weekly farmers’ market can always expect to find fresh, local, and sustainable food, as well .. Read More


Live and Farm in the National Park!

13-Jul-2015

The National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with the Countryside Conservancy (CC), announce the next round of long-term lease offerings under the Countryside Initiative (/countryside-initiative-program) program in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). In order to help preserve the park’s rural landscape, the Countryside Initiative invites farmers to live and farm in the park using sustain.. Read More


Howe Meadow Opening Day!

28-Apr-2015

Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow will open for the season on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The market features over 70 vendors selling an array of local food. This season, we're excited to announce the addition of more than 15 new vendors. They will bring a range of new products to the market, including fermented foods, ethnic eats, beautiful terrariums, hand-crafted woode.. Read More


Spring Fling Downtown Market!

02-Apr-2015

Countryside Conservancy celebrates the arrival of spring with a special downtown Akron farmers’ market at the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The two locations will house over 40 local farmers, food producers, and artisans providing seasonal foods and handmade gifts. Visitors will find fresh spring produce; pastu.. Read More


Countryside Featured by National Geographic

11-Feb-2015

The Countryside Initiative program (https://countrysideconservancy.worldsecuresystems.com/countryside-initiative-program) was featured in a recent article (http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/11/national-park-offers-farmland-of-the-people-by-the-people-for-the-people/) on The Plate, by National Geographic. The article, by Mary Beth Albright, explores the relationship between Countrysid.. Read More


Vendor Applications Now Available

21-Jan-2015

Do you want to be part of a vibrant market set in beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Want to join a market that hit $1 million in sales last year? A market that was voted best in the area by the readers of Akron Life Magazine? Good! Because Countryside Farmers' Markets are now accepting new vendor applications for 2015. If you have a unique, high-quality product that needs to be s.. Read More