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Ohio City Farm Stand

A weekly on-site farm stand at Riverview provides produce from Ohio City Farmers.  The farm stand is one effort to develop fresh food distribution channels in the heart of Cleveland. Our marketing campaign aims to engage underserved residents, recent immigrants, and other community members.  We proudly accept EBT, the Ohio Direction card, Double Value Produce Perks, Senior Coupons and WIC. Readily accessible by automobile, mass transit and pedestrian thoroughfares, the farm stand is a valuable addition to the neighborhood’s historic food culture.

Background

The Ohio City Farm Stand opened in July of 2011 and allows for on-site sales of products of the Collaborative to be available directly to consumers, and at a discounted rate to all CMHA residents. The Ohio City Farm Stand proudly accepts cash, debit, and the Ohio Direction Card. In partnership with Cleveland Public Art, the Farms Stand is constructed with re-purposed Great Lakes cargo shipping containers donated by Kaplan Trucking.

The Ohio City Farm Stand direct sales were nearly $6,000 during the 2011 growing season, with about 17% of that revenue generated from CMHA residents alone. A total value of $22,815 of produce was sold through CSA subscriptions at the Ohio City Farm Stand. Great Lakes Brewing Company also saw over $15,000 worth of produce harvested for use in their Brew Pub, located a few blocks down the road.

Quick Facts

In 2011 the Ohio City Farm Stand:

  • Had 47 CSA subscriptions
  • Provided CMHA residents a 50% discount on all produce
  • Sold produce to a dozen of Cleveland-area restaurants

Did you know?

Buying at a local farm stand or farmers markets helps small farmers, including many urban farmers earn a livelihood.  Direct sales allow the farmer to maximize the profit margin, keeping the whole food dollar rather than a large percentage of that food dollar going towards marketing, transport and distribution.  Supporting farmers through direct sales is one way you as a consumer can vote with your dollar and allow local farms and farmers to become great community assets.  See USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food page to learn more.

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