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Ohio’s Own

There are many great local food products made here in Central Ohio and all throughout our great state. In our “Ohio’s Own” series, we take a closer look at some of the fine products our artisan food businesses create for all to enjoy.

Ohio’s Own: Fligner’s Fiesta Sausage

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Fligner’s Fiesta Sausage

Founded in 1924, Fligner’s Market is the longest-standing grocery store in Lorain, Ohio. People travel from all across Ohio to shop its aisles, not only for the fresh meats and house-baked goods, but also for its famous customer service, a treatment that includes a clerk who will walk out to the car with you, and load […]

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Ohio’s Own: Spangler Candy

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Spangler Candy

Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time to stock up on candy, and if you’re serious about your Ohio Proud-ness, then Dum Dums are gonna be your go-to. Sure, you can stock up on the Reese’s and Snickers too, but if you want some local integrity, then you’ll have to put something from Spangler Candy […]

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Ohio’s Own: IncrediPuffs

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: IncrediPuffs

The time has come for Columbus to have its very own cheese puffs. Tortilla chips, potato chips, pork rinds: we’ve already got lots of that stuff.  And now we have cheese puffs, too. Or rather, IncrediPuffs. And they come in cheese flavor, as well as a whole bunch of other flavors.  IncrediPuffs are brought to us by […]

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Ohio’s Own: The Crazy Cucumber

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: The Crazy Cucumber

Wherever you find The Crazy Cucumber, you will also find a line of people. Lines for sweet Georgia peaches make sense. Lines for ice cream or deep-fried cheese makes sense. But a line for pickles? A veggie that’s been preserved in brine? It makes no sense.  One bite, though, could very well inspire a conversion. Plus, the […]

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Ohio’s Own: DeMassimo’s Arrabbiata Sauce

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: DeMassimo’s Arrabbiata Sauce

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to splurge when buying pasta sauce. Sure, you can get it at a big-box grocer for around a dollar, but the red stuff in those bargain jars is typically disappointing at the table: it’s watery, either too sweet or too sour, and somehow, alarmingly absent any distinguishable […]

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Ohio’s Own: Laurel Valley Creamery’s Cloverton

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Laurel Valley Creamery’s Cloverton

Laurel Valley’s Cloverton cheese has long been a local favorite in the restaurant scene. You might find it in a butternut squash sandwich at Little Eater. Or in an ice cream flavor at Jeni’s. The cheese makes lots of appearances in salads too.  But what’s better than Cloverton as part of a sandwich or salad? An […]

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Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Bucyrus, Ohio has been home to an annual August bratwurst festival that’s run every year since 1968. In fact, the Ohio city is the Bratwurst Capital of America. One of the businesses that has helped the city earn it this informal title is Carle’s Bratwurst. In operation since 1929, Carle’s commitment to the art of sausage […]

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