"" Writer's Wanderings: Cleveland's West Side Market

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cleveland's West Side Market

My head hangs in shame as I tell you that I have lived most of my life in the Cleveland area and have never gone to the West Side Market. I've truly missed out on a great historical Cleveland landmark and place to shop. The market has been around since 1840 and the building that now houses it was built in the early 1900s.

We have been to Seattle's market and several markets in various cities throughout the world--some of them much larger and other's much more, shall we say, primitive.

As markets go, I was pretty impressed with our market. We walked through the fresh fruit and vegetable section first. The produce was laid out beautifully and certainly was enough to entice us to want to buy probably more than we could eat.

From the produce section, we wandered over to the main market area that had displays of meats, dairy products, candies, bakery, sweets, nuts, and on and on. Some of the stalls, I believe, have been in the same family for generations. This is truly a place where a bit of the ethnicity of our city shines as well--perogi, kolachky, sausages of all sorts, fresh made pasta. Oooh the mouth waters as I think of it.

If you live in the area, or you're just in Cleveland for a visit, don't miss the opportunity to take a trip through the aisles of the market. You won't be disappointed.

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