Get Your Dreamscape Tickets Today!

By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit Senior Experience Student

Keep Akron Beautiful is ready to draw some winning raffle tickets on June 5, and we want to see your name on the winning ticket!

The season of selling is coming to a close, but you still have time to purchase your tickets. Need a reminder of what’s at stake? The 11th annual Dreamscape Raffle sponsored by SummaCare kicked off on March 3. Summit County residents can purchase a raffle ticket until the first week of June, meaning you have 16 days left to get a ticket! The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, June 5  at 10:30 a.m. at Alexander Park on West Market Street.

The winner will have until the end of June to meet with this year’s landscape designer and project managers, Craig Graf and Lisa Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center & Landscape Design, to create their plan for the landscape transformation that will take place the week of August 4-8. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, there are three other chances to win prizes like 4 yards of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, LTD, a birdbath donated by Suncrest Gardens or a basket of gardening supplies, courtesy of Graf Growers.

By participating in the Dreamscape Raffle, you’re not only helping your back yard to get a new look and stay beautiful, you’re giving all of Akron a beautification opportunity too because the Dreamscape Raffle funds Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscapes on 34 public sites citywide!

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Tickets can be purchased online on the website or via a mail-in order form downloaded from www.keepakronbeautiful.org, at the agency office located at 850 East Market Street, Akron, or the following locations: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzells Flower & Garden Center, Inc. Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, and Suncrest Gardens.

Along with the vendors listed above, the 2014 Dreamscape Raffle  also has the following Vendor Partners offering goods and services for the landscape makeover: Advanced Arboriculture, Belgard® Sales, Cascade Lighting, Circle K, Earth Fare Fairlawn, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Main Street Gourmet, Naragon Irrigation, Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s Greenhouse, R.B. Stout, Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc., Gates Landscaping Co., KB BioEnergy, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc., Tim’s Custom Electric, Tucker Supply, Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.KAB Dreamscape 2014 Front

Summer Farmers Markets Coming Soon

By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student

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It is almost summer time, which means the Farmers Markets are coming to town! A farmers market is a place where farmers can sell their products directly to consumers. Although it may be easiest to run to the local store and quickly get what you need that may not be the best option financially, for your health, or for the environment! Make sure to check out your local farmers market!

Reasons to Support a Farmers Market

To Get Local Products: Grocery stores tend to carry products, including fruits and vegetable from all over the country. Many mass producing farms that supply to grocery stores use pesticides, hormones, and genetic modification to “enhance” the product, in order for the produce to stay fresh while traveling to the many stores across the United States they are sprayed with preservatives. Unlike farmers market products that come straight from the farm to the market. Both of the practices have negative effects on the health of each individual, which is why farmers markets, where food is minimally processed is the right choice when looking to buy produce.

Keep Money in the Community: Instead of selling wholesale, the goods at a farmers market are sold directly from the farmer to the consumer, not only keeping money in the community, but also keeping prices down with only two people being involved in the transaction.

Protect the Environment: The average distance traveled of food in the Unites States in 1,500 miles. The shipping entailed in this process uses a lot of natural resources which contributes to the pollution problem on the earth. Products sold at farmers markets are produced locally and sustainably, cutting down on the distance traveled and the harmful impact on the earth.

Connect with your Community: Instead of grocery shopping being a dreaded task, it can become an enjoyable outing to go to the farmers market where you can meet up with your local friends, catch up with neighbors, and enjoy the outdoors!

Farmers Markets Near You

  • Akron: Countryside Farmers’ Market in Highland Square, Corner of Conger Avenue and West Market Street, Thursdays, May 29 – October 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Akron: The Market at Lock 3, Lock 3 Park, South Main Street downtown, Fridays, June 20 – September 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Barberton: Downtown Barberton Farmers’ Market, Third Street NW, between West park and West Tuscarawas, Wednesdays, June 25 – October 8, from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Copley: Copley Creekside Farmers Market, 1265 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd. Thursdays, May 29 – October 9, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Cuyahoga Falls: Farmers’ Market in the Falls, Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave, Fridays, June 20 – October 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Green: City of Green Farmers’ Market, Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd, Tuesdays, June 17 – October 7, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Hudson: Hudson Farmers’ Market, Village Green, corner of Routes 91 and 303, Saturdays, June 7 to October 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Peninsula: Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Saturdays, May 10 – October 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tallmadge: City of Tallmadge Farmers Market, Tallmadge Recreation Center Parking lot, 46 N Munroe Rd, Thursdays, June 12 – October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.