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Farmers’ Markets | Taste Test

Do you know where your food comes from? It’s a question you may not be able to answer without naming your favorite grocery store. But how does it get there? Where is it raised? How fresh is it? What is sprayed on the crops? Why are those strawberries so large? You may have asked yourself a few of these questions before, or perhaps you’d rather not think about it.

Ice Cream Showdown | Taste Test

If it’s July, and you haven’t had ice cream at least once this week, you’re falling hopelessly behind. Stark County boasts a plethora of tasty spots to help beat the heat and load up on sinful calories in the process. Here, we tend not to stray far from the classics — unlike Ohio City’s Mason’s Creamery, a food truck turned brick-and-mortar, churning out original recipes such as Vegan Thai Basil (yes, that’s an ice cream) and Vietnamese Coffee.

Secret Sauce | Taste Test

Nothing says summertime like barbecue, but if you’re like me, you’d rather be basking in the sunshine than sweating over a hot grill. Luckily there are several BBQ joints in town that are happy to assist. And as the owners of these restaurants will attest, if you don’t put in the time, it’s not real “Q” anyway.