July is 30 Mile Meal Month


Join us throughout the month of July as we celebrate the delicious foods and spirits of Athens County! We’ve created some themes to follow, or make up your own as you work your way through our Garden of Eatin.’

July 1-9: Picnic and Food Truck Week

There’s no better way to kick off 30 Mile Meal Month than by heading into the great outdoors to enjoy a picnic. And that’s what Picnic Week is all about—taking time to relax and enjoy the summer’s bounty with friends and family. It’s the recipe for a perfect summer day.

A few ideas for your basket

Fresh bread for sandwiches from the Athens Bread Company, Village Bakery and Crumbs Bakery
Fruit and veggies fresh from the Athens Farmers Market, the Nelsonville Farmers Market and local grocers including the Athens Kroger and Seaman’s Grocery
Sweet treats from Fluff Bakery and Catalyst Café
Tacos and tamales from Holy Guacamole
Shagbark Seed and Mill corn chips and Casa Nueva Salsa
Pulled pork sandwiches to go from Kiser’s BBQ
Burritos from The Burrito Buggy
Salads from Chelsea’s Real Food
Iced tea made with the handcrafted tea from Herbal Sage Tea Company

Let someone else do all the cooking and check out our complete list of Athens County’s food trucks HERE.

Where you picnic is just as important as what’s in your basket! Check out our favorite picnic locations HERE.

July 10-16: Specialty Foods Week

Take home some of Athens County’s favorite foods. More than 88 specialty food products are produced locally. Find them throughout Ohio and in these Athens County stores:

C&E Grocery

Bulk Food Depot

The Farmacy


Seaman’s Grocery

Undercover Market at Village Bakery

Nelsonville Emporium

Look for these local foods

  • Frog Ranch salsas and pickles
  • Vino De Milo pasta sauces
  • Crumbs Bakery breads and pastas
  • Shagbark Seed & Mill corn chips
  • Snowville Creamery milk and yogurt
  • Herbal Sage Tea
  • Integration Acres pawpaw jams and chutneys
  • Silver Bridge Coffee
  • Kiser’s BBQ sauces and rubs
  • Casa Nueva salsa and bloody Mary mix
  • Creekside Farm yogurt and cheeses

July 17-23: Restaurant Week and Ohio Brew Week

Get out and sample the best dishes of the year during Restaurant Week and Ohio Brew Week. Below are the special offered this week. Keep checking for updates as they roll in! Discover all of our 30 Mile Meal Restaurant partners HERE.

Cutler’s Restaurant at the Ohio University Inn

A special menu that will rotate bi-weekly and is based on what’s in season at the Chesterhill Produce Auction. Check it out here.

The Boot Factory Grill at the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store

Here you can find their menu for the week – all made with locally sourced products!

  • Meatloaf made with ground beef and ground pork
  • Potatoes mashed with the skins
  • Sautéed spinach


  • Brats with peppers and onions
  • Roasted red potatoes
  • Cooked squash


  • BLT wrap
  • Fried potatoes with onions
  • Cucumber Salad


  • BBQ pork made with assorted cuts
  • Cabbage& potatoes


  • Swiss Steak
  • Sautéed zuccini


July 24-31: Farmer’s Market Week

Our farmers markets are Southeast Ohio’s most local food shops. The tradition started 40 years ago with the Athens Farmers Market, which, at the height of the growing season, hosts markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Athens County is now home to three other farmers markets: the Nelsonville Farmers Market, Shade Community Market and Lakeside Farmers Market. And don’t miss the Chesterhill Produce Auction in neighboring Morgan County. This month, visit all of our farmers markets not only for the freshest produce of the season, but also to meet new friends and neighbors.

Taste a little bit of Athens County during Farmers Market Week at these area markets:

The Athens Farmers Market 
Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and Thursdays from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Market on State in Athens. New vendors to the market include Bodhi Tree Farm, a certified organic farm on the property of the Bodhi Tree Guest House. Be sure to stop by Herbal Sage Tea booth, who have been proud members of the Athens Farmers Market for 15 years

The Nelsonville Farmers Market 
Each Saturday through October from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the corner of Rocky Boot Way and East Canal Street. SNAP/EBT accepted, and Senior Farmer’s Market Coupons along with WIC Farmer’s Market Coupons are also valid.

The Chesterhill Produce Auction
Mondays and Thursdays at 4:00pm at 8380 Wagoner Rd, Chesterhill. A must-see for all foodies!

Shade Community Market
Shop local produce, meats, baked goods, plus plants and hand-crafted items at the Shade Community Market. The market runs Saturdays 9:00 am-1:00pm and Tuesdays 3:00 pm-7:00 pm, May-October.

Lakeside Community Market
This twice-weekly market takes offers fresh produce and handmade items. Find the market at the storage facility at the turnoff to the Alexander School complex. The Lakeside Farmers Market runs Saturdays and Sundays into the fall from 10:00am-2:00pm.


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