Community Farmers Market at Cleveland Clinic
Each summer Cleveland Clinic hosts its popular community Farmers Market program, sponsored by the Office for a Healthy Environment, Wellness & Preventive Medicine, and Community Outreach. In 2020, Cleveland Clinic will host its 12th market season, led by its flagship market at main campus and supported by markets and farm stands around the system, where possible.
Our goal is to host a vibrant community event that offers healthy, local food options in a convenient, environmentally-friendly way. Up to 35 local producers and farmers bring their goods to the market every week.
The market’s festive, community atmosphere enhanced by live music performances each week. Visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations, prepared foods, free samples and recipes for items harvested in the peak of their season.
In addition, at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus - we provide health education at the market each week. Parking is FREE for one (1) hour. Parking fees will apply for parking duration over one hour at all Cleveland Clinic garages.
Benefits of Buying Local
The Benefits of Buying Local
Cleveland Clinic has embraced the local food movement through our Community Farmers Market Program and local procurement. The goal is economic opportunity for our rural and urban farming communities, and improved access to fresher, healthier foods for our patients, caregivers and visitors.
Buying locally grown food in season will benefit your family’s health, the environment and our economy.
Choose local produce for family health
- Enjoy flavor-packed produce, picked fresh for the market.
- Build relationships with the your food providers and learn about their growing practices.
- Get more of nature’s nutrients by eating produce right off the vine or tree.
- Consume fewer preservatives — they’re not needed to extend produce shelf life.
- Stock your fridge with farm-fresh options to meet your daily requirement of fruits and vegetables.
Support local farming — It’s friendlier to the environment
- Buy locally and regionally to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from transportation and to support our rural neighbors.
- Support growers who plant a variety of crops to discourage pests. They are kinder to the soil because they require fewer pesticides and chemical additives than large, single-crop farms.
- Champion “sustainable” growers, who use low-impact or organic chemicals. This practice sends fewer unwanted fertilizers and pesticides into waterways and groundwater — and into our bodies.
- Improve air and soil quality.
- Reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
Help boost Northeast Ohio’s economy
- Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables directly from farmers so they receive the entire amount, rather than 7 to 18 cents on the dollar through commercial channels.
- Extend economic benefits for local farmers by purchasing their other products: jams, jellies, soaps, lotions, beeswax candles, baked goods and more.
- Help create jobs that cannot be out-sourced.
- Support local farmers while preserving farmland.
- Buy locally to support Northeast Ohio’s transformation into a “Green City on a Blue Lake.”
Cleveland Clinic’s Community Farmers Market Returns for 12th Season
Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at each of our markets.
Find seasonal farm goods, harvested at their peak. Buy fresh, healthy produce grown within 150 miles of our markets. Enjoy free health information, screenings, demonstrations, samples and “green” giveaways from Cleveland Clinic caregivers. Savor foods prepared with fresh market ingredients at participating locations.
Due to COVID-19, our markets will look different this season. For the safety of our staff, farms and customers, we will be limiting the number of people in the market space at one time and ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Priority shopping for individuals ages 60+ and immune compromised individuals is from 10:30 - 11 a.m.
- Be courteous and maintain a six-foot distance from other customers and vendors.
- If possible, designate one member of your family / group as your shopper.
- The CDC has recommended cloth face coverings.
- Tell the vendor which items you would like and they will bag for you — please do not touch the products.
- No reusable bags.
- Customers should wash produce before consumption.
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
- Remain home if you are sick, even with a mild illness.
Additional information on our regional markets will be announced soon. Please check back for more details.
If you have any questions about the market, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject to change. Parking is free for up to one hour.
|Wednesdays||10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.||Cleveland Clinic Main Campus||June 17 - October 14|
Improving Access to Healthy Food
Improving Community Access to Healthy Foods
Find better access to healthy foods, close to home or work. Affordable, healthy foods are important to the health of the communities we serve. Assistance programs support broad access to healthy food. The following programs are available to our shoppers:
- USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
All North Union Farmers Market locations accept SNAP Ohio Direction electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. Bring your card to the market information tent to receive tokens to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods and more. Tokens may only be spent on food. Hot/prepared foods meant to be eaten at the market are excluded.
- Produce Perks Incentive Program. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy
Coalition’s Produce Perks offers a dollar-for-dollar match for up to $10 in produce from our markets using your SNAP Ohio Direction card. Produce Perks are good toward fruits and vegetables only. No minimum purchase is required. All other tokens purchased with cards can be used for eligible items at the market.
- USDA WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
This dual-purpose program benefits WIC participants and farmers. WIC participants receive five $3 coupons to purchase authorized fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from authorized farmers at markets and stands, including North Union Farmers Market Association locations.
- USDA Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons
Seniors can receive up to $50 in coupons at senior centers and nutrition centers and at Cleveland Clinic Community Farmers Markets operated by the North Union Farmers Market Association. Call 216.621.8010 for participating Northeast Ohio locations.
Parking is either free, or free for up to one hour, at all Cleveland Clinic markets.
Accurate as of May 2017