The rich agricultural region of Clyde has at least five nearby farmers’ markets.
For the past several years, almost every farm on the Clyde-Green Springs road has been selling produce from a stand in front of their house. The number slowly dwindled to Drown’s Farm Market, Ansteads Farm Market (on the site once occupied by Joe and Martha Jennings’ stand) and Moore’s Produce and Family Farm, the newest stand on the curve at 3091 Limerick Road, opposite Green Creek Townhouse.
Moore’s Produce and Family Farm is family owned, planted, grown and offers premium quality farm fresh produce. The owners are Brian and Kendra Moore. They carry a variety of vegetables, three kinds of watermelons; green, yellow or orange courgettes and you can pick your own sunflowers in the field opposite. Last fall, the front lawn was covered in home-grown pumpkins and, on occasion, the stand was elaborately decorated at Christmas. The CLYDE name is boldly showcased in the front yard. They also run occasional promotional attractions.
Further down the road on the left is Anstead Farmers Market, 2635 CR 185, owned by Dexter Anstead for five years. “His two-tone sweet corn is phenomenal,” said Kelly Dickman, his salesman, “he picks it daily.” All produce from the stand is grown locally, with the exception of peaches and plums. They have local honey and a wide variety of melons, vegetables and crafts. Bundles of firewood are also on sale and, in the fall, bales of hay.
Beyond, on the right is Drown’s Farm Market, 2562 CR 185, established in 1958 by Wendell and Mabel Drown and their sons Lonnie and Jerry. The current owners are Lonnie and Sharon Drown. Their sales tables are filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables. They grow their own corn, berries and melons. This week they have a limited supply of canned tomatoes. There’s a freezer of frozen cherries and a table of baked goods, crafts, and canned pickles from Linda Ernsberger. Bold moms are expected this week. They also sell their products at the Fremont Farmer’s Market and occasionally at Bellevue Hospital.
East of Clyde at 753 E. Maple St. (Ohio 101) is Eshleman Fruit Farm, which has been in operation since Rich Eshleman and his late wife, Betty, purchased it in 1977. The current owner is the nearby Sunrise Cooperative. Eshleman’s nephew, Matthew Spriggs, leases and manages the farm. Their local produce includes peaches, apples, cherries, nectarines and asparagus, said vendor Ann Spriggs. More than 20 varieties of apples are grown. Currently in season are Zestar and Early Gold, which are good for pies, Spriggs said. They sell raw honey and the first shipment of pot mums is displayed near the door. Cider slushies are a popular draw.
The oldest market is Kuny, now a four-generation farm over 90 years old, said Cindy Moyer, manager and daughter of current owner LaVerde Kuns.
It was created by his grandparents, Kenneth and Thelma Kuns. Located at 4122 CR 177, corner of SR 101, Kuny’s grows its own fruits and vegetables, including super-sweet corn. The apples were just picked and they have a full line of locally grown produce in their cooler. Moyer said they carry everything you can think of, including apple butter made by the local 320 Boy Scout troop, a full line of Walnut Creek cheeses, meats, jams, honey, syrup, and more. maple and freeze-dried candies.
In September, Moyer will begin making unpasteurized cider for sale. Although the farm stand closes on December 1, it will reopen for one day on December 22 to sell Christmas cider. “I love serving cider at Christmas and I’m sure other people do too,” she said. Their mascot, Ricky Raccoon, is featured in their newspaper ads.
Jeanette Liebold Ricker writes about Clyde and Green Springs. Contact her at 419-547-8177 or by email at [email protected]