Sunday, August 19, 2007

Coit Road Market

The Coit Road Farmers Market is an East Cleveland landmark that has been operating in the same spot for 75 years. Saturday morning I not only found some great buys on locally grown produce, but got to spend time talking with local farmers and vendors. Besides fresh produce, you can purchase Amish cheese and eggs, spices, fresh herbs, honey, jams and jellies, bakery and much more, as well as spend some time with a great bunch of folks. Help keep an American tradition of "farm to table" alive and stop in for a visit and while you are there sip on fresh-brewed coffee and nibble on some home-baked goodies.

Note: Urban sprawl to create highways, industrial parks and housing developments is destroying family-owned farms across the country. In many areas this development and increased property taxes are forcing family farms out of business. Compounding the problem is the growth of corporate-owned mega farms. According to the USDA 13.7 million acres of farmland has been converted to non-farm use just between 1992 and 1997. This is a 51% increase from 1982 and 1992.

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