Saturday is opening day of the Countryside Farmers Market. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 26 at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Celebrate Earth Day during the first market by bringing food scraps for composting at Full Cycle Organics, and check out Countryside's new Co-Bags program aimed at reducing waste through sharing and reusing shopping bags.

"Yappy Hour" will be 11 a.m. to noon each week, when shoppers can bring their dogs; they’ve traditionally not been allowed at the market.

This season, 73 vendors, including 12 new ones, will set up at Howe Meadow to sell produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, handcrafted gifts and more. Each week will feature live music, cooking demonstrations and children's activities organized by Spring Garden Waldorf School of Copley Township.

Countryside also hosts farmers markets at Will Christy Park, 1175 W. Market St. in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood — 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 6 through Aug. 29 — and Countryside Public Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays year-round at Northside Lofts, 21 N. Furnace St., Akron.

 

Spanish wine

The Mustard Seed Market & Cafe at 3885 W. Market St., Bath, will host “A Night in Spain” wine tasting 7 to 9 p.m. April 26.

It will feature 20 red, white and rose wines from Spain, along with tapas, cheeses and a sweet treat from the store's bakery.

Cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Call 330-666-7333 or see http://tinyurl.com/y42kf3gl to reserve.

 

Make Easter plans

Time is running out to make reservations for Easter brunch or dinner.

Locally owned places offering Easter brunch buffets or specials include: Beau's On the River in Cuyahoga Falls, Beau's Grille in Fairlawn, Kent State Hotel and Conference Center, Ken Stewart's Grille in Akron, Fleming's in Copley, the Blue Heron Event Center in Montville Township, the Galaxy Banquet Center in Wadsworth, 35 Brix in Green; Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern in Twinsburg and Tangier in Akron.

 

Reminders

• The Local Wine and Maker Expo runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Field Turf, next to the museum in Canton. Wine, beer and mead from Northeast Ohio will be available, along with art and more.

Tickets cost $45 and include 10 tastings. For tickets, go to https://bit.ly/2CZqRH1.

• The Ramp Up Peninsula festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 in downtown Peninsula. It will feature ramps in all kinds of foods, as well as artists and crafters and more.

The ramp is one of the first edible plants to pop up in spring. Some call them “little stinkers” because of their garlicky aroma.

For information, go to explorepeninsula.com or email questions to rampuppeninsula@gmail.com.

• The fourth Grapes on the Lake will run from 5 to 9 p.m. April 27. The event benefiting Lake Anna Park in Barberton and the Special Olympics will be at the Tadmor Shrine Center, 3000 Krebs Drive in Coventry Township.

Cost is $20 presale, $25 at the door and includes 10 wine tastings. Tickets are available at the Barberton Parks & Recreation offices inside the YMCA building, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., by phone at 330-861-7135, or at the door.

 

Have news?

Katie Byard is out of the office through April 23. If you have timely events or foodie news, send information to features editor Lynne Sherwin at lsherwin@thebeaconjournal.com.