It's not a "farmers market" in the traditional sense, but the West Side Market has picked up this award enough times now that such distinctions hardly seem to matter. But when it comes to historic urban markets, WSM is the real deal. And if you haven't been (and you still somehow get away with calling yourself a Clevelander), then this is the season to right that wrong. From the raucous vendors in the outer produce aisles to the labyrinthine collection of meats, cheeses, and breads within, a day at the West Side Market is an adventure. You'll get lost, you'll weep with ecstasy as you bite into that cheese-stuffed olive, you'll find your way only to get lost again, and you'll somehow make it back to your car poorer in finances but richer — much richer — in food appreciation. The temple is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; pick a day and get in touch with your inner locavore.
1979 West 25th St., 216-664-3387, westsidemarket.org.
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