In Summit County, the Countryside Farmers' Markets, operated by the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, offer two locations. The "country" market at Peninsula's Heritage Farms (6050 River Road) is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through October 7. The "city" market, at the corner of East Exchange and South High streets in downtown Akron, operates from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through September 28. For more information, contact the market manager at 330-657-2538 or visit www.cvcountryside.org.
With roots stretching back nearly 80 years, the Coit Road Farmers' Market (15000 Woodworth Road) serves the East Side year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit www.coitmarket.org for more info.
The prolific North Union Farmers' Market continues to sprout new offshoots. Find them at Shaker Square each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through December 16, at Crocker Park in Westlake each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December 16, at Stearns Farms (6975 Ridge Road in Parma) each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 1, at Lakewood's Masonic Temple (15300 Detroit Avenue) on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 4, and at Eton-Chagrin in Woodmere Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. through September 28. For details, call 216-751-7656, or visit www.lkwdpl.org.
Better late than never . . . The sign is up, the help-wanted ads are running, and the dining chairs are finally in the house -- albeit still wrapped in plastic, as of last week. So it seems entirely believable that Michael and Liz Symon's long-awaited Lola (2058 East Fourth Street, 216-621-5652) will reopen for business sometime in the next few weeks.
Originally located in Tremont, the contemporary American bistro closed 17 months ago, with the Symons' Mediterranean-flavored Lolita taking its place. Initially, the duo (who have since gone on to open their third spot, N.Y.C.'s acclaimed Parea) hoped to relaunch Lola by October 2005; construction delays threw a wrench into those plans.