Summer Meals, Markets and More

Does this ever happen to you: it gets so hot that you just don’t feel like eating anything? Ha, me neither. Let’s go celebrate summer with fresh, tasty food!

click to enlarge Hyde Park farmers market
Hyde Park farmers market

Does this ever happen to you: it gets so hot that you just don’t feel like eating anything? Ha, me neither. Let’s go celebrate summer with fresh, tasty food!

The Peterloon Estate is the setting for From Plow to Chow, an all locally-sourced, five-course summer solstice dinner on June 22 from 6-10 p.m. Jose Navales from Pura Vida PopUp Taqueria is organizing the eats, and there will be live music and art as well. Peterloon is a pretty appetizing setting — you could go just to see the beautiful estate. Proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Visit for details.

Another good cause: Midsummer Harvest for Bluegrass for Babies is a very special Sunday lunch at Gorman Heritage Farm on June 23, led by Chef Jose Salazar and featuring 12 of the very best chefs in town, with Molly Wellman mixing the cocktails and Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers playing the music. Proceeds will benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center for the Prevention of Preterm Birth. Go to the Midsummer Harvest page at for ticket information. 

All over town: farmers markets! What a great excuse to buy local products and get to know the local resources that help make our community strong. (That is another way of saying that I buy more stuff than I need at farmers markets because I just love the vendors and want to support them.) For example, I’ve been buying fresh meat and produce from Tricia Houston of Napoleon Ridge Farm at the Covington farmers market for the past few years. Now, Napoleon Ridge is acting as a business incubator for two more local products: Butcher Betties Burger Buzz and Piggy Dust meat seasonings, and Ed-Mar Dairy Farmstead Cheese. The meat seasonings, available at Napoleon Ridge’s stand, are amazing. They’re all-natural, of course, and when I tried the Burger Buzz on a steak last week, I swooned. Ed-Mar Dairy, in Kenton County, has decided to turn all of their milk into delicious local cheese, which Napoleon Ridge introduced at their stand last week. By the time the tomatoes are ready for slicing, somebody at the farmers market better bake buns. Imagine the cheeseburger synergy!

So go shopping already! There’s a market at Lunken Airport seven days a week; weekdays from 1:30 p.m. until dark, and weekends from 9 a.m. until dark. Here’s a list of others by day of the week: 

Monday: Washington Park, the new kid on the block, with a great assortment of prepared food as well as produce and fresh pasta from Brocato’s Italian Market, 4-8 p.m.

Tuesday: Strauss & Troy Market at Fountain Square at lunchtime, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with Eli’s BBQ, BonBonnerie and more. Loveland farmers market in downtown Loveland and Wyoming Farmers’ Market at Oak in the Village Green, both 3-7 p.m.

Wednesday: Ohio Valley Fruit & Vegetable Grower’s Association market, Milford Shopping Center, 1025 Lila Ave., 2-6 p.m.

Thursday: Plymouth and Beechmont avenues, Mount Washington, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., 3-6:30 p.m.; Gabriel’s Place, 3618 Reading Road, Avondale, 5-7 p.m.; and Dawson Road between Miami and Maple avenues, Madeira, 3:30-7 p.m.

Friday: Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market at Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Cheviot, 3-7 p.m.

Saturday: Roebling Point, Covington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with Texas Joe’s Taco Truck, Shady Grove Farms, Savor baked goods, Granville’s honey and more; Anderson Station, 7850 Five Mile Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m; and Mason Middle School, Mason-Montgomery and Tylersville roads, 8 a.m.-noon.

Sunday: Hyde Park Square, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Blue Oven Bread and dozens of vendors.

Two more quick things to mention:

If you want to witness Cincinnati’s new golden age of brewing in the making, here’s your chance. Tonic Tours is offering tours of three Cincinnati microbreweries on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month starting in July. Tours meet downtown at 3 p.m. at Everything’s d’Vine (320 W. Fourth St., Over-the-Rhine) for an introduction to beer tasting led by Travis Childs, followed by stops at Rivertown Brewing, Fifty West and Madtree Brewing for a final flight of beer tasting in Madtree’s new taproom. Tours cost $90 per person and include beer, water, snacks and transportation — thank god, because who could drive after all that beery goodness? Reserve your seat soon by contacting Ginny Tonic at [email protected].

Nicholson’s Restaurant has a taste of summer happening June through Sept. 2 with a special prix-fixe menu of three courses for $24.95. The salad made my mouth water — when has that ever happened before? But listen to this: Carriage House Farms greens, pickled rhubarb, strawberry, fresh belle radish, goat cheese and bee pollen vinaigrette.

CONTACT ANNE MITCHELL : [email protected]

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