As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, its a better time than ever to look into ways to get fresh, local produce right here it Downtown Cleveland. Eating local is one of the best ways to keep dollars in the Cleveland economy, build community in dtCLE and is healthier for you!
The Downtown Farmers Market is a year-round way to get fresh produce, spices, snacks and more. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday, and is hosted at the 5th Street Arcades from November to May, and on Public Square from June to October. Just earlier this month, the market was awarded a grant from St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center in hopes that hospital patients can attend the farmers market to purchase healthy, local fare. North Union Farmers Market is also making a return to Downtown this summer, hosting a market from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Star Plaza, Thursdays from June 12 to Oct. 2.
If you’re looking for another way to bring fresh food home, Constantino’s Market also offers a full range of grocery items at their location in the Warehouse District. Joining them in February 2015 will be Heinen’s Fine Foods, opening their first urban location at East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue. Downtown Cleveland’s residents, workers and visitors will have more grocery shopping options than ever before. The trend of local and fresh ingredients is hitting Downtown restaurants as well. Opening later this spring is Phuel Cafe, a PlayhouseSquare cafe that will focus on locally sourced and healthy foods.
If you’re looking for a way to get more fruits and veggies in your diet, Cleveland Crops has a CSA that runs from June through October and has convenient pick up locations in Downtown Cleveland. Cleveland Crops is the non-profit affiliate of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The organization provides ongoing training and employment to up to 100 adults with developmental disabilities with an ultimate goal of independent job placements in the local agriculture and food industry.
And don’t forget delivery service Presto Fresh, which can deliver local groceries right to your Downtown doorstep. The delivery service sources many of its food items from local suppliers and will deliver anywhere in Cuyahoga County. Simply pick out the groceries you need from a list of 3,500 items and have them delivered a day or two later.
There are plenty of options to eat fresh here in dtCLE. This summer, strive to to not only eat well, but to keep your dollars in the local Cleveland economy! We’ll see you out and about in Downtown!