Summer in Painesville

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The market is a destination for people from all over to come together for an afternoon of food, friendship and community.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

The party is in Painesville—and you’re invited.

Between the Farmers Market, Party on Main, Art in the Park and many more festive events, Painesville has earned a top spot on Mimi’s summer destination list. 

“The word is out about all of the exciting events in Painesville,” says Barb Monacelli, economic development events coordinator. “The Farmers Market is back on the square and is bigger and better than ever.”

Taking place for many years now, the Farmers Market just might be the crown jewel of Painesville’s summer schedule. The market kicks off Thursday, May 25, from noon to 4:00 p.m. and runs every Thursday through October 12. 

“We want the market to be a real experience for shoppers,” says Barb. “Relax and have lunch at an umbrella table, listen to live entertainment, and, of course, enjoy some of the best food and fresh produce available.”

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And produce doesn’t get much fresher than when it’s picked by local farmers the very morning it’s sold—so you’d better get there early. Strawberries have been known to sell out in under an hour.

“These farmers take such pride in the quality of their products,” says Barb. “Many of the shoppers have gotten to know the farmers and formed friendships. And if you’re really lucky, they will hold a pint or two of strawberries for you.”

Fruits and vegetables aren’t all the farmers have to offer shoppers. Customers enjoy learning from them about the nutritional benefits of their products, along with different ways to prepare them.

“Our farmers and vendors are extremely knowledgeable,” says Barb.

“Market customers enjoy discovering unique foods they may have passed by in the grocery store. What better way to discover something new than learning about it directly from the producer, whether it be a fruit or vegetable, a particular type of honey, or even an unusual cut of meat.”

That’s right, farming doesn’t just mean fruits and vegetables. You can stop by G.A.R. Horizon Meats for pork, beef, chicken and free-range duck eggs, or Backattack Snacks for flavored almonds and beef jerky. 

“The market is a destination for people from all over to come together for an afternoon of food, friendship and community,” says Barb. “And vendors like Carhop’s Burger Sauce and Sara’s Sweets and Treats offer lots of items perfect for hostess gifts for those summer barbecues.” 

There’s really something for everyone this summer in Painesville. Party on Main kicks off the summer in style on Friday, May 19, with a dance party on Main Street that includes the top five Cleveland area food trucks and Disco Inferno the live disco band. Art in the Park on Saturday, August 19, is a juried art show with more than 50 artisans displaying and selling their work. 

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“Art in the Park shines a light on our fine arts community here,” says Barb. “The event includes music, kids activities and everything from painting and pottery to jewelry and glassware.”

And don’t miss The Taste on Thursday, September 7, where local restaurants will showcase their menus and sell mouthwatering sample sizes for you to taste.

“All of these events are family friendly and free of charge along with free parking,” says Barb. “So come and experience Painesville this summer. We hope to see you on the square.”

For more information about all of the summer events in Painesville, visit PainesvilleNow.com or find the city on Facebook. For information about becoming a market vendor or art show participant, contact Barb Monacelli at 440-392-5795.