Without farmers markets, urbanites would have to grow their own pumpkins in window boxes and spend hours negotiating with the family parakeet until it agreed to be milked. Let rural bounty come to you with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh produce at Miles Farmers Market in Solon.
Miles Farmers Market overflows with a copious lineup of fresh produce as well as deli meats, cheeses, and baked goods. Though the market's fresh produce prices often vary based on seasonality and Granny Smith's whims, recent produce specials have included locally grown green beans ($0.89/lb.), sweet red peppers ($1.49/lb.), and extra-large iceberg head lettuce ($0.99 each). Miles Farmers Market's meticulous staff stocks the expansive, 21,000-square-foot shopping space with a copious selection of seasonal organics from certified organic farms, as well as a food-fight arsenal that includes about 60 kinds of apples—such as paula red tart apples—and about 75 kinds of plums, including plump Italian prune plums. In addition to garden-fresh produce, shoppers can cart away cookout-ready meats that include boneless rib-eye steaks and a multitude of cheeses such as Italian-style provolone. With a deli that boasts 72 feet of fresh meats and 400 cheeses from around the world, Miles Farmers Market gives eclectically inclined eaters plenty of ammo for sandwich combinations and every justification to be greedy about the results.
Miles Farmers Market
When Frank Cangemi first opened Miles Famers Market in 1971, it was a seasonal, open-air market that only sold fresh fruits and vegetables. Frank would arrive at the Northern Ohio Food Terminal at 3 a.m. every day and proceed to hand select his stock of fresh produce, carefully choosing veggies without bruises and punting overly ripe cantaloupes. This hand selection and attention to detail is something he still does to this day, even though Miles Farmers Market has expanded to a 21,000-square-foot shopping space that also houses a deli, a butcher, and a bakery.
Its cheese department hosts more than 400 varieties of cheese, which complement varietals from a wine section that Wine Spectator hailed as “outstanding.” Its bistro not only makes up quick bites but also full dinners to go. Its staffers help foodies navigate the aisles and are on hand to offer tips that range from how to ripen an unfamiliar fruit to how to successfully wash food in the dishwasher.
Yet, even with all of this, it’s the dedication to having the best produce that really draws in shoppers. For more than 40 years, Miles has fostered partnerships with local produce growers such as Burnham, Spiegelberg, and Rittman Orchards, as well as Ohio Fruit Growers. These alliances allow for a vast selection of organic and local produce that may have been ripening on the vine or stalk seven hours before hitting store shelves.