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Sustainable, ethical, small-batch, USA-made products. That’s what a new local shop is all about. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Deerhaus Decor opened its doors six months ago and provides a location for local artists and manufacturers sell goods.

Deerhaus Decor is not your typical boutique. New to Cincinnati just six months ago, the shop’s purpose is to provide a brick and mortar location for local artists and manufacturers to sell goods. Inspired by a passion for sustainability and ethicality, the shop’s owners noticed a desire for a boutique like theirs in the area. “We wanted to be part of this growing city. We went to Findlay Market and got 300 surveys answered about what people wanted to see in the area, which were small-batch, USA-made products,”  says shop owner Sonja Thams. And with that, Deerhaus Decor was born.

For the minds behind the boutique, consumer education is key. The shop refers to itself as a transparent boutique retailer, meaning it promotes communication with shoppers about who created the product, where it came from, and what materials it is made of. The shop’s products fall under the categories apparel, furniture, bath and body, jewelry and paper goods.

Most of these products are manufactured in the USA, however consumers can stumble upon globally-sourced items as well. “If our products are not manufactured here in the US, they are from manufacturers in countries we have personally traveled to. We make sure all these products are handmade, ethical and small-batch,” said Thams.

A family business, Deerhaus Decor is owned by Sonja Thams and her boyfriend Benjamin Deering. Thams’ passion lies in the design aspect of the store. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design and received a degree in interior architecture and design. Deering recently graduated with a degree in entrepreneurial economics from the College of Wooster. With collaboration between design and entrepreneurship, the team combined their visions to create Deerhaus Decor.

On top of retail, the boutique offers by-appointment interior design. In a studio located at the side entrance of the building, Thams offers freelance interior design and textile design. “We are only six months old, but we’d love to see this grow. While we’re still working on the current shop, it’d be fun to have a maker-space to foster local artists in the future,” said Thams.

Check out the unique boutique for yourself at 135 West Elder Street in Cincinnati in Ohio’s Historic Findlay Market. To learn more, visit http://www.deerhausdecor.com.

 

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Two local chefs recently opened a new OTR-based restaurant and grocery store that brings a new chef-owned and operated takeout stand concept to Findlay Market. Read on for all the delicious details.

Fresh Table is a food stand at Findlay Market that uses local, fresh ingredients in its food.
Fresh Table is a food stand at Findlay Market that uses local, fresh ingredients in its food.

Business partners and chefs Meredith Trombly and Louis Snowden wanted to bring the freshest, highest quality ready-to-eat options to Cincinnati. And they did just that with Fresh Table, a chef-owned and operated takeout stand inside the historic Findlay Market House.

“All of our food is prepared daily and onsite in our Market House kitchen,” explains Trombly.

Trombly and Snowden decided to combine their many years in the retail and culinary trades and go into business together. The eclectic menu choices were developed by Trombly and Snowden, who lead a creative team of five chefs.

The idea for Fresh Table came to fruition in October 2010 after Trombly and Snowden spent time working together at Bigg’s as Natural Foods Buyer and Corporate Chef, respectively.

The food at Fresh Table comes in a variety of options. “Fresh Table prepares everything on site from soups and entrees to salads and side dishes,” says Trombly. “We represent every country in our food and also accommodate for dietary restrictions.”

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Chef Louis Snowden (left) co-owns Fresh Table with Chef Meredith Trombly.

Trombly says that her and Snowden’s creative team of chefs all bring unique backgrounds and palates to Fresh Table’s ever-changing menu. “Our stand is a gourmet deli where dishes are available by the pound, for eat-in, or take out,” says Trombly. “To keep it fresh, we source most of our ingredients from Findlay Market itself. We are also custom caterers, so we can accommodate all dietary concerns.”

Dishes from Fresh Table are priced per pound. They range from $10.99 for salads to $26.99 for the Wild Caught Grilled Shrimp.

Trombly’s belief in the value of Findlay Market and its reputation as a culinary powerhouse is what led her and Snowden to choose it as the location for their food stand.

“As a culinary hub for Cincinnati, we want to preserve the incredible mix of raw foodstuffs and prepared foods,” says Trombly. “We enjoy being part of a working public Market. And plus, everyone shops at the Market!”

Trombly says that her next adventure with Snowden is an urban grocery store and restaurant called The Epicurean Mercantile Company. She says it will be located adjacent to Findlay Market and located on Race Street. It will be part of The Model Group’s $24 million redevelopment.

“The Epicurean Mercantile Company & Counter will be a full-service 5,000-square-foot urban grocery store with a 1,000-square-foot restaurant in the back of the grocery store,” says Trombly. “Look for an opening in Spring 2017!”

To contact Fresh Table, call 513-381-FRSH or visit them in person during Findlay Market operating hours. Those are: Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Findlay Market is open year round.

You can learn more about Fresh Table at FreshTable.biz or by check them out on Facebook and Instagram. For news on The Epicurean Mercantile Company, follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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    Whether you’re stopping by to find your favorite candy from the 80s, ordering a gift basket for someone special, booking a “candy bar” for your next big event, or sipping on one of their signature soda floats - this new OTR-based candy store is already seeing sweet success. Read on for all the delicious details.

    OTR Candy Bar sells nostalgic candies as well as local and regional candies.
    OTR Candy Bar sells nostalgic candies as well as local and regional candies.

    When it comes to candy, it’s all about having fun. That’s the inspiration behind the recently-opened OTR Candy Bar, a local candy store that combines old fashioned, fun candies with sweets made by local and regional candy makers.

    “We enjoyed being part of OTR and loved seeing what was coming into the area,” says Co-owner Mike Petzelt.

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    OTR Candy Bar opened in July 2015.

    As original investors in Rhinegeist, Petzelt says the team was having so much fun in the newly revitalized OTR neighborhood that they decided to also purchase the building at 1735 Elm Street. “The building had a great retail front located right across the street from the historical Findlay Market,” he says. “Going back and forth with my brother-in-law Patrick Muck, we came up with the idea of a candy shop.”

    Petzelt, who has previous experience in the candy industry, knew several people who could help get his business idea off the ground. “We immediately reached out to family friend Stephanie Recht to add some style and class to our idea,” he adds.

    Recht, who immediately jumped on board, became part of the team that reached out to developers in OTR. The group, Grey Rock Development, was familiar with the look and feel of the area and was able to get the OTR Candy Bar ready.

    OTR Candy Bar opened in July 2015, just in time for the MLB All-Star Game that visited the Queen City. And now, a new streetcar stop made its way right in front of the stop which has also been a sweet new way to bring in business.

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    OTR Candy Bar offers care packages for parents to send to children away at college.

    According to Petzelt, OTR Candy Bar is about creating new and reviving old memories, one sweet treat at a time. “OTR Candy Bar is about fun,” he says. “We wanted to mix old-fashioned, fun candies – the candies that people remember as part of their childhoods – with some great candies from local and regional candy makers.”

    Petzelt says they’ve also added a soft serve ice cream machine, and that customers can add their favorite candy toppings to. With a selection of more than 50 flavors of nostalgic and unique flavored sodas, including Red Hot Soda, Bacon Flavored soda, and Dad’s Root Beer, you’re sure to have your sweet tooth satisfied when you’re done.

    And while the concept was his brainchild, Petzelt says the business is now a family affair. “This was a venture we wanted to do and include all of our family,” he says. “All of our kids frequently help with various jobs and provide ideas to help make this fun!”

    When you visit OTR Candy Bar, you’ll find a variety of old-time candies including Necco Wafers, Sugar Daddies, and Pop Rocks as well as the traditional favorites such as Sour Punches, Zots, Bean Boozled Jelly Beans, and a wall of bulk candies and nuts.

    You'll find recent candies as well as candies from the 80s and beyond at OTR Candy Bar.
    You’ll find recent candies as well as candies from the 80s and beyond at OTR Candy Bar.

    But much of what OTR Candy Bar prides itself on its going out and finding local candies. “It has been a big part of our growth,” says Petzelt. “We have items such as Mom Blakesman’s Cream Pulled Candies, Sunshine Caramels, Velveteen Chocolates, and Sweet Tooth Chocolates. We are constantly adding new and great tasting candies for our customers.”

    When asked what it is that makes OTR Candy Bar unique, Petzelt says that it’s the fun that the store has been having. “We want our customers to become our friends and have us bring in candies they had as kids, or try a new flavor of soda, or send out a gift box to their child in college,” he says.

    They also have a corporate gift basket program with unique and local candies. “We deliver, ship, or you can come pick them up and add in some of your favorites,” says Petzelt. You can also select “Candy Bars” that are filled with colorful, fun candies. “The Candy Bars can be for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, school dances, and work or school events,” says Petzelt. “We also do birthday party bags, holiday gift bags, Halloween ideas – you name it, we can do it.”

    With a staff that promotes good times and a unique experience, Petzelt hopes that OTR Candy Bar will be part of the growth and development of the Findlay Market and Over-the-Rhine area. In addition to its candy specialities, OTR Candy Bar also works with the Mack Family Foundation, a charitable organization that works to help less fortunate kids in the region.

    To learn more about OTR Candy Bar, visit www.otrcandybar.com. You can also like them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

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    We chat with the local woman who’s a mission to inspire Cincinnatians to think about the issues important to them and “Be the Change You Wish to See.” Read on for more.

    rEVOLUTION CINCY aims to inspire Cincinnatians to be a change in their community.
    rEVOLUTION CINCY aims to inspire Cincinnatians to be a change in their community.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us about rEVOLUTION CINCY!
    Liz Wu, Writer and Producer of rEVOLUTION CINCY: rEVOLUTION Cincy is a movement to encourage citizens to think about the issues that are important to them, to communicate those issues, and then to take personal action. The motto: Be the Change You Wish to See.

    This project is designed to start conversation about what we as residents of Greater Cincinnati and the various neighborhoods truly value – and what we wish could be improved. However, the real conversation begins when we discuss what we can actually DO about it – and then take action!

    Liz Wu, Writer and Producer of rEVOLUTION CINCY.
    Liz Wu, Writer and Producer of rEVOLUTION CINCY.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the movement?
    Wu: rEVOLUTION Cincy is inspired by the saying, “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” In this historic election year, we wish to spread the message that voting is of utmost importance – and there are many other ways, beyond casting a ballot in November, that we can cast our votes on a daily basis for the community we would like to create.

    rEVOLUTION Cincy will involves a music video featuring local artists with a message encouraging viewers to take direct action in their neighborhoods/city by volunteering, buying locally, educating themselves on issues of importance and “walking their talk”. This video is accompanied by a website where visitors can “vote” on the top issues in their neighborhood and then learn ways in which they can directly address those concerns.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind rEVOLUTION CINCY?
    Wu: rEVOLUTION Cincy was written and produced by Liz Wu, me, of Turtle and the Stone Productions. Afrochine provided audio and video production for the music video. Mark G. Celsor designed the website, with graphic design by Lauren Frederick and Joshua Moore. Support came from ArtsWave. A cast and crew of 60+ creatives came together to make this project happen, and each person that watches the video and shares the website becomes part of the movement!

    Cincy Chic: What’s the mission behind the movement?
    Wu: The mission is to inspire people to engage within their communities and feel empowered to make a positive change in their neighborhood/city/world, in simple, practical and direct ways.

    Cincy Chic: What makes rEVOLUTION CINCY unique?
    Wu: This project asks for more than appreciation of the art – it requests the viewer to actively engage with the website, and then with their community. It also gives links on practical ways to do that locally. It is basically a guidebook on how to catalyze positive change from an individual level. Rather than dwell on frustrations on things beyond control, this project challenges the audience to focus on making a daily impact, through voting with one’s dollar, time, actions and mind.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers find rEVOLUTION CINCY?
    Wu: We will be out at Findlay Market and on UC’s campus on Saturday Oct. 29, inviting the public to vote on the three most important issues in their neighborhood, and to start community conversations on how we can improve our city. We also have a challenge going on – each time you vote with your dollar, time, actions, or mind, create a hashtag and share on social media, while tagging friends and encouraging them to do the same.

    Cincy Chic: Where’s the best place to go to learn more and following along with the movement?
    Wu: Visit www.revolutioncincy.com or like us on Facebook.

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      Shop local, support small businesses, and eat healthy - you can do it all with farmer’s markets! That’s why we unearthed this ultimate guide for where to find them - big and small - across the Tri-State, what’s new this year, and all the fun activities they have planned throughout the summer! Keep reading for all the farm-fresh details!

      We've created a guide to help you navigate the tons of amazing farmer's markets right here in the Tri-State.
      Like farmer’s markets? You’ll love this in-depth guide of farmer’s markets across the Tri-State!

      Warm weather is here to stay and that means there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to be eaten! To help you find the best of the best, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the Tri-State’s Farmer’s Markets, including where and when you can find them and even some of the new events they’re bringing to the Greater Cincinnati area this year!

      Northside Farmers Market
      Open every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. in rain or shine, the Northside Farmers Market is open year-round. According to the market’s Manager, Ana Bird, there are 8 new vendors at this year’s market, bringing the total number of vendors to 35. “13 vendors will be selling produce and plant starts, 5 vendors will be selling eggs and meat, 6 vendors will be selling baked goods, and the rest will be selling all kinds of prepared foods and other items including soap,” she adds.

      Additionally, there are new items such as fresh, cold pressed juices, vegetarian and vegan soups, pastries, vegan pastries, pet food, tamales, potato chips, jams and jellies, and much more.

      “This summer we’re also partnering with Apple Street Market Cooperative, a worker-owned grocery store scheduled to open in Northside next year, to offer a selection of non-local pantry items like beans, rice, nuts, and flour,” Bird explains.

      She says that because Northside is a food desert and it’s difficult for residents to easily get to the grocery store, the partnership with Apple Street will allow the neighborhood to become a better source for groceries for the community.

      Bird says that for this year’s market they’ve partnered with EcoConsciously to offer weekly donation-based yoga classes at the market in the park from 6-7 p.m., which is sponsored by Interact for Health, Join The Fun. “Each week will be a sampler of different types of yoga classes they offer,” explains Bird.

      They’re also holding 4-week sessions of the Children’s Cooking Classes in June, July, and August. The classes, which run from 5-6:15 p.m. for ages 7-11, will teach kids basic kitchen skills and how to cook with local foods.

      Craft Day is held on the third Wednesday of each month and invites local artists to set up in a corner of the market. There are also fun events like Taste-A-Thon on July 13.

      “Every week we have music, free kids’ crafts, and every other week we conduct cooking demonstrations,” adds Bird. “Starting in June and running through August, thanks to a grant from the Good Food Fund, we’ll be offering a free shuttle service around the 45223 zip code to help shoppers get to the market more easily.”

      The route for the shuttle service can be found on the Northside Farmers Market website.

      You can find the Northside Farmers Market at different places throughout the year. From May 11 to October 12, they’re located in Hoffner Park on Hamilton Avenue, and between October and May, the market is located in North Church on Hamilton Avenue.

      You can learn more about the Northside Farmer’s Market at www.northsidefm.org. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Bird adds that on the website you can learn more about how the market accepts credit/debit cards, SNAP, and provides a match for SNAP customers, up to $10 a week, called Produce Perks.

      Madeira Farmers’ Market
      If you want to venture through the Madeira area, you can check out the Madeira Farmers’ Market on Thursdays year-round. “According to the market’s manager Leah Berger, the market is located on Dawson Road and Miami Avenue from May through September and at the Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church at 8000 Miami Avenue from October through April.

      Vendors at the Madeira Farmers’ Market sell items including farm fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread, honey, and specialty items. And with a changing list of produce, you’ll always find something new. The market also features at total of about 35 vendors from week-to-week. Berger says that the only non-local vendor is Alaska Direct Wild Caught Salmon, which comes to the market courtesy of former Cincinnati Cyclones player Dax Lauwers, who brings in smoked and regular Sockeye Salmon filets from tide to table.

      There are several events being held at the Madeira Farmers’ Market this year including Girls Night Out, Kids Taste-A-Thon, The Great Tomato Taste, Honor Your Elders Day, Madeira 4th Graders Visit the Market, and the Fall Festival.

      To learn more about the Madeira Farmers’ Market, visit www.madeirafarmersmarket.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

      Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market
      With 17 vendors at this year’s Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market, Founder and General Manager Penny Shore is looking forward to the upcoming market season. Open Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. from May through October, the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market features 6 farmers who cover everything from produce to eggs, meat, and fruit.

      Also at the market are two food trucks that offer ready-to-eat meals and the cottage producers bring in coffee, soaps, cheese, jams and jellies, bread, cookies, ice pops, and specially-made pet food.

      According to Shore, the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market will host monthly cooking demonstrations with local chefs as well as activities for kids. “Each month we also offer a local charity the opportunity to talk with our shoppers,” she adds.

      The market is located in downtown Wyoming on Wyoming Avenue and Oak Street on the Village Green. Shore says if the weather turns bad the market moves down to 800 Oak Street and sets up in the gym of the city’s Municipal Building.

      During the winter months, the market also offers a pre-order pick-up market so you can still get your local fix! You can learn more about the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market, visit www.wyomingavefarmersmarket.com. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

      Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market
      The mission behind Lettuce Eat Well Farmers’ Market is to provide great food to those who are dedicated to eating well and living well.

      “Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market is a collaborative specialty market where all produce is grown using no synthetic chemicals, beef is 100% grass-fed, pork is pastured and fed no GMO products, and chicken and eggs are pastured from chickens fed no GMO and no soy,” according to the Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market website. Additionally, the vendors who participate in the farmer’s market collaborate with one another instead of competing. This means that there are fewer vendors but more food options for customers.

      The year-round market is located at the Cheviot United Methodist Church at 3820 Westwood Northern Boulevard. Held indoors, the market runs from 3-7 p.m. every Friday.

      There are a plethora of vendors who participate in the Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, including Angela’s Homemade Pies & Lots More, Canal Junction Cheeses, Charles Purdue, Mahlon Schlabach, Honey Tree Acres Farms & Gardens, Learning to Live Sustainably, Lola’s Botanicals, Skinny Piggy Kombucha, Small Acres Family Farm, and The Pickled Pig.

      The market also has more room for vendors. To participate, send an email to lewfmlocal@gmail.com. You can learn more about the Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market at http://www.lewfm.org/.

      Findlay Market Farmer’s Market
      There’s a lot of new things coming to the Findlay Market’s Farmer’s Market this year. According to Karen Kahle, Communications and Program Director at the market, there are 21 new weekend vendors, which includes several new farmers, a handful of food artisans, plant sellers, prepared food vendors, and a few new art and craft vendors.

      “We’re super excited that 3 of the food entrepreneurs in our new Findlay Kitchen are making food in the kitchen that they are then selling on weekends at the market,” she says. “In addition, beginning later this month, we’ll have a special Findlay Kitchen booth where a rotating cast of kitchen members will be selling their deliciousness.”

      The weekend farmers market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kahle adds that they’re also working on getting some farmers to set up their booths on Fridays.

      In addition to the location at the Findlay Market, Kahle says that they’ve also got the Findlay Market Farmstands<http://findlaymarket.org/news/findlay-market-farmstands> on weekdays in 3 Cincinnati neighborhoods: Price Hill on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m., Evanston on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m., and in Walnut Hills on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.

      There’s also a lot coming up for the Findlay Market Farmer’s Market. Their big summer event, the annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ, will take place on Sunday, August 7. “The event will features lots of live music, craft beers, and a boatload of BBQ, including a few guest BBQ vendors,” says Kahle.

      Then, on June 25 from 9-11 a.m., the market is partnering with local trainers and gyms to host the third annual Findlay Fit event. “We will start with a health/detox discussion given by The Weekly Juicery,” says Kahle. “Jam Entertainment will emcee the event.” Groups of 10-12 participants will have 12-15 minute workouts at 6 workout stations.

      The market will also have several weekend cooking demonstrations and seasonal food sampling at the Findlay Market on Race Street. The ORT Biergarten runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 4-8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

      To learn more about the Findlay Market Farmer’s Market, visit www.findlaymarket.org. There you can see all the information about the farmers, merchants, and a calendar of upcoming events. You can also check out their Facebook page.

      Hyde Park Farmers’ Market
      There are several new vendors to look forward to at the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, according to Mary Ida. This weekly market, open on Sundays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Hyde Park Square, will feature breakfast tacos and lunch tacos from Calle Restaurant in Mt. Adams, Baudry’s French pastries, and Tree Hugger Soap as part of its new lineup for 2016.

      With at least 40 vendors who will participate in this year’s market, all of them are local, and include 5 Oaks Organics, Boone Creek Creamery, Carriage House Farm, Grassroots Farm and Foods, and streetpops, to name a few.

      There also also many special events in the pipeline for the market, including a monthly knife sharpening and topical books from The Bookshelf Independent Bookstore. Hamilton County will also provide recycling information for market attendees.

      To learn more about the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, visit www.hydeparkfarmersmarket.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

      Newtown Farm Market
      The Newtown Farm Market is open year-round and is bringing a lot of new things for customers this year. According to Newtown Farm Market Operator Frank Catanzaro, the market is open for the summer season on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      There are several local vendors who participate in the Newtown Farm Market including: Honey from MArion and Marge Ackman in Loveland, Seasonal Selection Salsa from Waynesville, Chuck Evan’s Montezuma Salas from Columbus, a large variety of Amish products from Walnut Creek, Carabello Coffee from Newport, Artisan Goat Milk Soap from Goshen, Amish Angel Food Cake from Boone’s Bakery in Tipp City, and many more.

      Catazano says that the market is excited to welcome Holly the market Parrot back from her winter vacation and encourages customers to stop down and talk to her.

      “It is that time of year that we are serving our famous Soft Serve Custard,” says Catazano. “We have brought in a wider selection of Amish products from Walnut Creek, and we offer local home grown produce from the Amish in Ohio as it becomes available. Our wonderful Peaches and Cream corn will be available again around July 4.”

      If you find something you want to try, the Newtown Farm Market also offers a sampling of produce and different products for you to check out before you buy!

      The Newtown Farm Market is located at 3950 Roundbottom Road in Newtown. To learn more, visit www.newtownmarket.com or like them on Facebook.

      Boone County Farmers Market
      Open from May through October 7 days a week, the Boone County Farmer’s Market features over 40 local vendors. Coy Wilson from the Boone County Farmers Market says there are plenty of new things to come to the market.

      “New this year we will have locally made skin care products, soy candles, and 5 different meat vendors with beef, pork, chicken, and now including quail and quail eggs,” he says. According to Wilson, the local vendors at the Boone County Farmers Market grow or produce the items that they sell at the market.

      The Boone County Farmers Market also hosts several special events throughout the year. On May 21 they’ll have the Ask a Master Gardener event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then in June they’ve got the Music in the Market with John Redell and the Boone County Farm Tour. July will feature Taste of the Market and Music in the Market with Taste of the Market, Chef Maggie Green, and Music in the Market in August.

      The Boone County Farmers Market is open from May through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can find the Boone County Farmers Market at the corner of Route 18 and Camp Ernst Road in Burlington, Kentucky, adjacent to the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

      Learn more about the Boone County Farmers Market at www.boonecountyfarmersmarket.org or by liking them on Facebook.

      Loveland Farmers’ Market
      Promoting the promotion of buying locally, healthy eating, education for adults and children, and weekly entertainment for kids in the Kids’ Patch, the Loveland Farmers’ Market is open year-round.

      According to the market’s website, you can check out the Loveland Farmers’ Market from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays at 897 Loveland Madeira Road in Loveland.

      Vendors at the 2016 Loveland Farmers’ Market include Can-du Farm, Ed Kluba Farm, Farm Beach Bethel, Goodlife Farm, Grailville Farm/Earthshares CSA, Irons Fruit Farm, and Jaybird Farm in addition to Honey Sweetie Acres, Ohio Farm Direct, Peaceful Acres, and Sacred Mountain and Alpaca Paradise.

      Check out http://www.lovelandfm.com/ for more information on the Loveland Farmers’ Market.

      Deerfield Farmers Market
      Guy Ashmore, who runs the Deerfield Farmers Market with his wife Sandy, says that after 14 years the duo is continually surprised by what new crops and products farmers and cottage producers bring in. “Not just yearly, but weekly,” he says. “Eating seasonally is fun and delicious.”

      Open every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon, the Deerfield Farmers Market continues through the last Saturday in October. “We also hold a winter market once a month on the third Saturday of each month from November through April,” Ashmore adds.

      There are between 20 and 25 vendors who attend the market each week. “They offer a wide selection of products,” he says. “Everything from local, fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, grass raised meats, delicious broths, maple syrup, hot sauces, honey, and much more.”

      This year, market manager Andy Gorman is busy scheduling tons of activities for market customers. Ashmore says they’ll be hosting Customer Appreciate Day, Children’s Day, cooking demonstrations, and a tomato parade to name a few. They’ll also be inviting musicians to come and make the mornings special.

      The Deerfield Farmers Market is located at Kingswood Park on Irwin Simpson Road in Mason. You can learn more about the market at www.deerfieldfarmersmarket.com and like them on Facebook.

      Covington Farmers Market
      Open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, the Covington Farmers Market is featuring plenty of new things this year. According to Janet Tobler, there will be bagels, nitro brew coffee from Cincy Smooth, handmade pottery, kitchen items, organic pet treats, a line of shampoo products for pets, pre-made organic soup, books, fresh bread from the Bean Haus Bakery, and a few more farmers.

      “We’ll be hosting Running of the Goats and will also be hosting chef demonstrations,” says Tobler. “We have a guest tent set up and thus far we’ve confirmed to have people from the Baker Hunt Foundation, The Carnegie, The League for Animal Welfare, voter registration, and Cincy Sharp, who will be at the market sharpening knives one weekend as well as many more guests.”

      You can find the Covington Farmers Market on the corner of 3rd and Court streets in Covington, Kentucky. You can also find more on the website and on Facebook.

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      Learn more about the new independent cookware store in Over-the-Rhine that’s a perfect pairing for Findlay Market's food offerings.

      Artichoke was launched by husband and wife team Brad and Karen Hughes.
      Artichoke was launched by husband and wife team Brad and Karen Hughes.

      It all started five years ago for husband and wife team, Brad and Karen Hughes, retirement was approaching and the plan on how to spend this time was taking shape. “Sitting around was never an option for retirement nor was just traveling; we needed something that allowed us to do something new and something that we’re passionate about,“ Brad says.

      A mutual love of cooking is how the couple found themselves visiting an independent cookware store in St. Joseph Michigan, and in the midst of that experience, they decided that retail cookware was exactly what they wanted to do professionally. As long time customers of Findlay Market, the Hughes saw a need for a cookware store to compliment the market’s food offerings. So, a business plan for Artichoke began and the retail shop was incorporated in 2014.

      The passion behind Artichoke is as much as a love story about cooking as it is Over-the-Rhine (OTR) and Findlay Market. When the Hughes first met in 2007 one of their first dates was the symphony at Music Hall and they immediately fell in love with OTR. In 2008, the Hughes married and purchased a condo downtown. “From that point on, we visited the [Findlay] market every weekend on our bicycles, did almost all of our shopping there, and were thrilled every time someone moved into a vacant stall,” Brad says.

      Artichoke, in simplest terms, is a cookware collection curated by the Hughes that carries high to mid-ranged priced products. They welcome everyone from the experienced foodie, to those searching for the eclectic and beginners with the need for resources.

      “From the very beginning we decided that we would follow some very basic rules when choosing our products. One, because we knew we would have a small space we needed to be be very selective, hence the name “curated” in our tag line. Two, design and quality would always drive our decisions. Three, products needed to be manufactured in a responsible way and we would place special emphasis on products made in the US, Europe, and Japan,” Brad says.

      Artichoke’s offerings extend beyond high quality cookware, there is also an emphasis on the art of cooking. The Hughes hold kitchen demonstrations in their retail store and are inviting guest chefs and vendor representatives to conduct demonstrations and skill building instruction. “In a few weeks we will have chef representatives from Cristel USA come in to do cooking demonstrations with their cookware system,” Brad says. In addition Artichoke offers groups of 10 people to use the space for private gatherings in which a chef can come in and do personal demonstration dinners with wine parings.

      Looking to the future the Hughes will be installing a commercial knife sharpening machine and offering sharpening services for customers. “Along with this we also want to support the thriving OTR restaurant scene by stocking commercial kitchen equipment,” Brad says.

      The Hughes built Artichoke to reflect the spirit of Findlay Market’s small business model and its integrity. “Findlay Market is as close to a French market as you will find. There are no corporate interests here. The owners stand behind their products and answer directly to the customers. This is not the suburbs; this is urban living at its best and this is what we wanted to be part of,” Brad says.

      Artichoke is located at 1824 Elm Street, adjoining the Findlay Market North Parking lot. For more information about their offerings, visit www.artichokeOTR.com. Brad says they will soon be adding a blog and recipes to their site menu.

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      Read on to learn how the newest addition to Cincinnati’s food scene works to empower and grow local entrepreneurs through cuisine.

      Findlay Kitchen
      The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen is a shared-use, licensed kitchen facility offering local food entrepreneurs the chance to rent one of the 10 kitchens fitted with commercial-grade equipment.

      Many know Findlay Market as a staple of Cincinnati’s culture. The local landmark brings the community together through a shared interest in food and fun. A project 20 years in the making, The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen has the same idea in mind.

      Director Marianne Hamilton explains. “Our mission is to build and enable a thriving community of food entrepreneurs, who in turn will be ripe to contribute local food innovation, representative of our dynamic and diverse neighborhoods, and equipped to start, sustain and grow profitable local businesses.”

      The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen is a shared-use, licensed kitchen facility, offering local food entrepreneurs an opportunity to rent one of the 10 kitchens fitted with commercial-grade equipment and ample storage space.

      Hamilton continues, “This means being able to use a 60 quart mixer and 16-rack ovens for increasing your production of baked goods…It means making your marinara sauce in 40 gallon batches using our tilting steam kettle so you can spend more time selling your product into local retailers. And it also means you can finally start taking those 200 person catering jobs because you’ll now have the proper equipment and storage space to be able to prep, cook, assemble and deliver your delicious food.”

      The Findlay Kitchen is opening with 36 founding members. Hamilton says, “This is almost twice what we had planned, but there were just too many incredible stories, passionate ideas, and delicious foods.” There is also currently a sizable wait list, so potential members are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

      Not only does Findlay Kitchen offer kitchen supplies and space, but they are also committed to business and entrepreneurial education. Hamilton says, “We are partnering with outside organizations to provide business support services to our Members on topics ranging from marketing and branding to legal and accounting support.”

      The organization is also passionate about leveling the entrepreneurial playing field. She continues, “Not unlike the core values of Findlay Market, Findlay Kitchen is a place that we envision will help spur a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are creating an intentional space that is welcoming to all and that seeks out a healthy, diverse mix of people, ethnicities, products and stories. We strive to create a positive social impact in our community through empowerment, partnership and outreach.”

      To become a Member, one must submit an application through www.findlaykitchen.org. Hamilton explains, “One must be, or have aspirations of becoming, a food entrepreneur that is passionate about their concept and has a good understanding of the work involved in starting a food business.” From there, an interview is set up to review business plans, enjoy taste tests, and discuss what is needed to start or grow the business. Findlay Kitchen also helps with licensing and regulatory processes and assists with obtaining any additional certifications.

      Although Findlay Kitchen’s main priority at this time is to get the ball rolling with their current members, they look forward to community events and partnerships in the upcoming months. Hamilton explains their partnership with ArtWorks and their CO.STARTERS business development program, saying, “We will be hosting the inaugural Kitchen Edition class that is open only to food entrepreneurs and will have a food-focused, 12-week curriculum.”

      Looking forward to the summer, Findlay Kitchen will begin incorporating cooking classes and demonstrations, pop-up restaurants, and community and corporate events. They also currently offer Open House Tours every Tuesday at 10 am through April and May which are open to all.

      The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen is made possible by a host of generous community partners including The Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation, and The Allen Berliant and Jennier Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund.

      For more information on Findlay Kitchen and their upcoming events, visit www.findlaykitchen.org. Findlay Kitchen is located in the historic Findlay Market District at 1719 Elm Street.

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      You’ve seen indoor herb gardens and living walls on Pinterest, and now, two local green gurus can bring them to your home or business. Click to learn more!

      Urban Blooms is a living installation
      Urban Blooms is a non-profit that installs living installations to promote sustainability and ecology.

      What do you get when you mix art, beauty, health and sustainability together? Urban Blooms.

      In May 2014, Tyler Wolf and Lily Turner co-founded Urban Blooms as a 501(c)3 non-profit operating to raise capital and support for two overlapping causes: first, environmentally minded beautification projects; and secondly, education on sustainability.

      Through Urban Blooms, Wolf and Turner design and create living wall gardens to promote sustainability and ecology in Cincinnati and Columbus. “We all grew up in Cincinnati, we are incredibly proud of our city and we would like to see it become the most beautiful and sustainable city in the country,” Wolf says. “There is incredible energy and investment taking place in Cincinnati recently. We are introducing a new technology to our city and by doing so, becoming a part of the urban renewal and lifestyle shift currently taking place in our city which makes our work extremely rewarding.”

      The gardens are entirely customizable to fit a space and the needs of the consumer. In fact, Wolf says, by increasing oxygen and remove cancer-causing compounds, living walls improve indoor air quality and offer other health benefits such as stress reduction and increased immune function.

      “Our living walls are essentially fully automated vertical hydroponic systems which utilize the latest materials and technologies, in order to offer systems which virtually take care of themselves,” Wolf says. “Physically these space age materials are light weight and extremely durable, allowing us to construct walls of any size, in almost any shape, that will last for decades. These materials are sustainably sourced through our local suppliers and our growing medium is even manufactured from recycled plastic water bottles, meaning it can be installed on walls for up-to 50 years without decomposing or needing to be replaced while also removing waste from our landfills. We offer a wide range of technologies at varying price-points, there is an option for everyone.”

      For the home, Wolf says, living walls can provide 15-30% lower energy costs because the greenery contributes anywhere from a three to six degree temperature drop in a space. The air filtering ability of the greenery can also lead to a 15% lower ventilation cost for the space. Exterior living walls can purify air from cancer causing chemicals, remove 1.3 kilograms per year of harmful particulate matter for every 100 square feet of vertical wall and they can also act as an extra layer of insulation reducing heating and cooling costs by 35%.

      Urban Blooms has built three living walls in Ohio thus far. Those locations include: outside Findlay Market, on The Ohio State University’s campus and inside the Cincinnati-based E+O restaurant. In addition, they will be showcasing a living wall in April at the Cincinnati Flower Show. The living wall at Findlay Market is the first outdoor living wall installation, which exists at 115 square feet. The wall took two days to install and captivated the community members who occupy the market and the surrounding areas, according to Wolf. The living wall located inside E+O stands at 18 feet wide by 8 feet tall, and includes 366 tropical plants from 22 different species. The E+O Living wall is currently the largest permanent living wall installation in the state of Ohio.

      The Urban Blooms living installation at the Findlay Market.
      The Urban Blooms living installation at the Findlay Market.

      Urban Blooms works in partnership with schools in Ohio to promote sustainability. North Avondale Montessori, Walnut Hills High School, The Ohio State University and The University of Cincinnati have all been a part in growing the ideals of horticulture, design and environmental engineering.

      “We are also in talks with ‘the Eddy,’ a new co-working space opening up the old Neusole glassworks building,” Wolf says. “The mixed-use space will be hosting March madness parties this month in order to raise money for the installation. We are in talks to do another living wall at OSU and possibly our first at UC. We hope to complete at-least six new living wall projects this year, as well as continuing to grow our East End Veterans Memorial Garden and the Hilltop Community Garden in Avondale. We would like to create new relationships and partnerships in the Cincinnati Nonprofit and Arts communities.”

      Urban Blooms has various volunteer opportunities including constructing community gardens or living walls, and irrigating planter boxes. Urban Blooms has a recurring volunteer opportunity every Thursday from 9-12 p.m. at the East End Veterans Memorial Garden where veterans from the Cincinnati VA participate in three hours of horticultural therapy. The nonprofit also accepts donations to assist with beautification projects, educational opportunities for Cincinnati’s youth and the building of public living wall installations.

      “We believe, in just a few short years, with hard work and through some support from our partners and sponsors, we can make Cincinnati internationally-known for its living wall displays and overall sustainability,” Wolf says.

      To learn more, visit www.urbanblooms.org or “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UrbanBlooms.

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      The local entrepreneurs behind Bee Haven and Chocolats Latour are joining forces to create Northside’s newest sweet spot, The Chocolate Bee. Read on for all the delicious details.

      Chocolate Bee
      The Chocolate Bee is the home of Bee Haven and Chocolats Latour.

      Need a sugar fix? The Chocolate Bee, home of Bee Haven and Chocolats Latour, has you covered.
      Since Shalini Latour, owner of Chocolats Latour, and Samantha Gordon, owner of Bee Haven Honey, decided to partner in opening a commercial and retail space last November – their business has literally been “buzzing”.

      The 800-square-foot space has a commercial kitchen, which is now occupied by Latour to make her handcrafted chocolates. The other portion is dedicated to retail, where both Chocolats Latour and Bee Haven Honey products are sold. Bee Haven Honey, Samantha Gordon Zurek’s company, is a home-based family business founded on the passion of providing naturally healthy products (and gifts) to its’ customers.

      “What I enjoy most is tending the bees and using their gifts to make Bee Haven’s products,” says Gordon. “We create unpasteurized honey, creamed honey, beeswax skincare products, hand salves, decorative candles and other products straight from the hive.”

      As for Chocolats Latour, Shalini Latour’s artisan chocolate company, she creates chocolate bars in various unique flavors, hand-painted truffles, caramels, hot chocolate, brittle and seasonal items for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc.

      “I love the artistic aspect of making the chocolates,” says Latour. “Creating new flavors and decorating each individual piece is especially rewarding. It is a meditative, joyful process for me. Quality control (and a lot of tasting) is also a great part of my job!”

      After building a strong business selling her products at Findlay Market, Gordon found herself in search of a brick and mortar location. Latour, having built a strong following selling her goods at locations around the city, was also in search of a bigger space.

      “I wanted to move my production from my home kitchen to a commercial space,” says Latour. “Not only this, but I had a vision of a retail space where people would be able to more easily find my confections.”

      It was this shared mission and passion for providing natural products that inspired building owner, Janice Young, to bring the two together. On November 14, The Chocolate Bee – a combination of both business names – opened its doors.

      After opening and a strong start during the holiday season, Latour and Gordon are in the midst of playing catch up. “We are getting the finishing touches on the store together and building strong systems for day-to-day running of the store,” says Gordon. “We’re just proud that we got our doors open before the holidays!”

      To learn more about The Chocolate Bee, check out www.beehavenhoney.com or www.chocolatslatour.com. You can also visit their new Northside location at 4037 Hamilton Avenue, next to Collective Expresso.

      Their hours are as follows: Wednesday thru Saturday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      Chocolats Latour is currently sold at Coffee Emporium in both Hyde Park and OTR, College Hill Coffee Company, Jungle Jim’s, Melt, Park + Vine and Sidewinder as well as at the Northside Farmers Market on Wednesdays. Bee Haven Honey is available at Findlay Market and online.

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      After finding a new niche in reinventing favorite childhood dishes, Nick Pesola is bringing homestyle comfort food to Over-the-Rhine. Read on for all the mouth-watering details.

      Revolution Rotisserie & Bar serves homestyle comfort food and focuses on rotisserie chicken.
      Revolution Rotisserie & Bar serves homestyle comfort food and focuses on rotisserie chicken.

      Nick Pesola began what is now Revolution Rotisserie & Bar at Findlay Market in May 2014. When he opened the small space just over a year ago, he was aiming to reinvent a favorite food from his hometown of Chicago: Gyros.

      With reinvention and a little imagination, Pesola took Revolution and launched Chitas (chicken pitas). “Our Chitas are gourmet, healthier and a bit more adventurous than Gyros,” he explains.

      The independently-owned restaurant in Over-the-Rhine has changed focus somewhat in the days since Chitas, including a move to a brick-and-mortar shop at 1106 Race St., which opened this past March. “The focal point has been rotisserie chicken itself and homestyle comfort food,” Pesola says in describing what Revolution has become today.

      While he switched gears to rotisserie versus chita, Pesola has remained dedicated to one thing: reinventing nostalgic foods from childhood.

      Pesola has also added to his one-man team to include entrepreneur, friend and business partner Josh Rudd. “Josh handles most of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the restaurant business,” Pesola says. “He also helps manage operations on a day to day basis.”

      At Revolution, you’ll find that the majority of the menu focuses on rotisserie chicken and a patriotically “Revolutionary” theme. Some of the available options include the Bunker Hill, a deconstructed pot pie, and Yorktown, a pot roast dish with braised beef, red wine au jus, mashed potatoes, grilled onions, carrots and fresh thyme. Then, there’s the Homestyle Platter, a quarter or half chicken and two sides.

      Revolution also offers five salad options, house sides including mac-n-cheese, tater tots, green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes, pita chips and hummus, cream corn and Chitas. “We make almost everything in our restaurant from scratch including our sauces and dressings,” says Pesola. “Behind the bar we specialize in seasonal infused liquors and cocktails, martinis and craft beer.”

      You can take a look at Revolution’s menu by clicking here.

      When asked what it is that makes Revolution unique, Pesola says that it’s the only rotisserie chicken-focused restaurant anywhere. Plus, he says, what they do, they do very well. “We use Amish, antibiotic, naturally-raised, free range chickens, brine them and season them to perfect with our custom rib,” Pesola adds. “While many places in Over-the-Rhine seek to be super trendy, we keep it simple and remain down to earth and don’t take ourselves too seriously.” In fact, he laughs, there’s an Abe Lincoln head with American Flag sunglasses sitting on the bar right now.

      Pesola says they’re continually adding non-chicken comfort foods and seasonal dishes to their menu. So, you can look for beef stew, butternut squash, apple cobbler and gravy to be offered soon. “In addition, we’re excited to announce our hot drink specials on Saturdays and Sundays for the winter weather including coffee, cordials and toddys,” he says.

      Revolution is located at 1106 Race Street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. To learn more about the eatery, check out their website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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