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Happenings at the Downtown Farmers' Market


"Capitalism Works For Me," a traveling exhibit part of SPACES Gallery's World Artists Program
Los Angeles artist Steve Lambert is taking his "Capitalism Works For Me" on the road and he's kicking his tour off in Cleveland this Friday at DFM. The sign will then travel to Boston, Santa Fe, Los Angeles and other cities throughout the US. A 20-foot long, 9foot tall lighted sign allowing viewers to vote “true” or “false” through a kiosk and accompanying LCD scoreboard, Capitalism Works For Me aims to start a conversation about capitalism. Through Lambert’s bright, glitzy sign that borrows its aesthetics from the trappings of capitalism, discussions of capitalism aren’t framed as awkward party conversation or polemic political dogma, but as simple benign votes that are catalysts or gentle primers for discussion. The space around the sign becomes a zone where meaningful conversation of economic structures is welcomed and fostered.

The word "capitalism" is often anathema to conversation—its introduction to social situations is becomes a cue that things are getting uncomfortable. However, capitalism is discussed every day in our culture using euphemisms like "jobs," "job creation," "the business climate," and discussing whatever "crisis" is deemed relevant: a housing crisis, financial crisis, job crisis, or fill-in-the blank crisis. These are pieces, but the whole is rarely a topic of frank discussion, much less any mention of alternatives or meaningful reform of the sacred cow.

The project/sign will be on view at SPACES August 26-October 21, but will travel around Cleveland to see how the conversation changes depending upon geography and socio-economic situations.

SPACES Art Gallery is also hosting an opening reception this Friday, August 26 from 6:00-9:00pm. SPACES is located at 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113. 

Cleveland Cooks with The Greenhouse TavernA monthly cooking series providing hands-on demonstrations from area chefs. Part of the Growhio Education Sessions, classes will include a guided market tour, hands-on instruction in meal preparation and tips on how to grow produce easily at home. Classes will be free and open to the public but will target Downtown residents and employees. Cleveland Cooks will take place at Old Stone Church at 1:30pm on the last Friday of the month. Dates for the cooking series are below: 
  • Friday, August 26, 2011
  • Friday, September 30, 2011
  • Friday, October 28, 2011
Tomorrow Chef Goodman from The Greenhouse Tavern will demonstrate to the Cleveland Cooks class how to make Ciopinio. To attend this intimate hands-on cooking class, please email or call (440) 821-0254.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

WIC FMNP coupons will be distributed at the market tomorrow from 11am-1pm. Please note, coupons will be issued on a first come first served basis. 

Who qualifies for WIC Farmer’s Market coupons?
Current WIC participants that are pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children 13 months to five years old at time of issuance.

How many coupons do I get?
Each person that qualifies will receive a set of five coupons.  Each coupon is worth $3.00.

Where can I use the coupons and for how long?
You may use your coupons at participating farmers markets throughout Cuyahoga County, any time the markets are open, through October 31, 2011.

Can my alternate shopper pick up my WIC Farmers Market coupons?
Yes, if they bring your signed WIC ID.

How many times can I receive WIC Farmers Market coupons?
Once (1) every year for each eligible participant.

***WIC will also be at DFM on September 23, 2011

Live music tomorrow: Shakka Hasberry will be playing from 11:30am-2:00pm. Listen here.

Featured Vendor: The No Whey Chocolate Company
The No Whey Chocolate Company offers a healthier alternative to snacking and sweets with handmade non-dairy, gluten-free and soy-less chocolates. The ingredients use no hydrogenated oils and have no trans fats, allowing No Whey to make heart healthy dark chocolate as well as a milk-less "Milk" chocolate in many mouth watering gourmet combinations. For example, you'll find dark chocolate-covered bananas with almonds, white chocolate-covered strawberries sprinkled with cookie crumbs, chocolate bark, peanut butter wedges, and so much more!

No Whey wanted to give vegans and those who cannot tolerate lactose choices like the rest of the population, but but most of their customers are non-vegans who just like the products. The ultimate compliment is receiving hugs and tears from people who thought they could never eat chocolate again. They'd love to speak with you about gift orders and adding their special touch to your special event. Please feel free to contact Ethel and Stacie Wernick at 216-233-8749 or You'll also find more information including a full list products on their website or Facebook page.

Featured Recipe:  
Vanilla Chai Spice

This recipe shared by Diana Zimmer of Just Good Scents. You can find her on Fridays 11am-2pm at Downtown Farmers Market at Public Square.
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 4 tsp India Spice Tea
  • 4 tsp Irish Breakfast Tea
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cut vanilla bean
  • 3 tbsp cane sugar
Pour whole milk into saucepan. Add India Spice Tea, vanilla bean, and cane sugar to milk. Bring milk mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a kettle. Add Irish Breakfast Tea to a glass teapot. Pour hot water over tea and steep for 5 minutes. Add milk mixture to Irish Breakfast Tea. Stir and strain immediately.

The Cleveland Farmers Market Guild and Growhio have teamed up to bring you this collection of recipes featuring ingredients from your favorite Cleveland area farmers markets. Please feel free to send your own market recipes to and we'll share them on this page. 

FREE PARKING! We have saved a limited number of parking spaces for shoppers of Downtown Farmers Market on Rockwell Avenue between Ontario and East Roadway.

Furnished Market Booth Space is available for start-up fruit and vegetable farmers at the following farmers' markets:
  • Broadway
  • Coit Road
  • Downtown Cleveland
  • Gordon Square
  • Kamm's Corners
  • Lakewood
  • Tremont
Sign up to participate or visit for more information.

Are you interested in becoming a vendor at DFM? for more information.
About Downtown Farmers Market: Each Friday, look forward to delicious prepared foods for lunch as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, cheese, spices, coffee, salsas, chocolate and baked goods to take home.

Here's a complete list of vendors that you'll find at the market tomorrow:
  • Por-Bar Farms: Heirloom and organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers
  • HAPI Fresh: Vegetables including Bok Choy, carrots, cabbage, and Asian eggplant
  • Judy’s Oasis: Middle Eastern Cuisine, including hoomus, meat pies, falafel and prepared foods for lunch
  • No Whey Chocolates: Vegan, whey-free chocolate candies and chocolate-covered fruit
  • Blaze Gourmet: Exotic hot sauces, salsas, rubs, BBQ sauces, and drink mixes
  • Plant Kingdom Bakery:Vegan, organic and gluten-free snacks and bakery
  • Ohio City Pasta: Hand-crafted pasta
  • Ohio Farm Direct: Organic, grassfed cheese
  • Frickaccio’s: Pizza Bagels and pepperoni rolls
  • Oh Baby Cakes: Cupcakes that come in many flavors: Strawberry Lemonade, Banana, German Chocolate, Peach, Carrot, and more!
  • Just Good Scents: Locally made teas, honeys, and other aromatherapy items
  • French Creek Bakery: Artisan breads and pastries
  • Dim and Den Sum: Regional comfort foods with an Asian flair 
  • The Nosh Box: A mix of midwestern comfort food with a Tex/Mex kick
  • Publish Ohio: Cleveland-area prints, postcards and photos
Come down on your lunch hour and stop by Judy's Oasis for a Middle Eastern meal including Falafel sandwiches & meat pies, or Frickaccio's for pizza bagels and pepperoni rolls or visit one of the food trucks (Dim and Den Sum and The Nosh Box). Just make sure you save enough time during lunch to visit all of your favorite vendors, enjoy the fresh air, listen to the live music, and maybe even picnic in the grass!

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For more information, please contact:
Ashley Shaw, Market Manager
Downtown Farmers Market at Public Square

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