Growhio is a non-profit Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative designed to strengthen and support all aspects of Northeast Ohio's local food economy through branding, marketing and collaboration.


Happenings at the Downtown Farmers' Market

Learn about Agritourism from Morgan Farm Stay
Morgan Farm Stay will be joining the market this week to share it's vision of Agritourism in todays exciting sustainability, local food movement. Morgan Farm has availability for family vacations this fall, during the most beautiful time of the year in Ohio. All the joys of farm living, without the hard work.

Cleveland Cooks at Downtown Farmers Market
 A 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 are free and open to the public but will target Downtown residents and employees. Cleveland Cooks will take place at Old Stone Church on the last Friday of the month. Cleveland Cooks was made possible thanks to a grant from Neighborhood Connections.

Our next cooking class is Friday, September 30 at 1:30pm. To attend this intimate hands-on cooking class, please email or call (440) 821-0254.

Photo: Chef Brian Goodman of the Greenhouse Tavern on August 26, 2011. For additional photos from previous Cleveland Cooks classes, please check out ourFacebook page. 

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

Featured Vendor: Plant Kingdom Bakery
Specializing in nutrient-dense goodies, Plant Kingdomcomes stocked on Fridays with all vegan baked goods and nutty snacks. Ask baker, Jeremy, what makes the goods so valuable and you're sure to hear about the benefits from Hemp Seeds.

Hemp is the primary protein source in Plant Kingdom's energy bars. Scrumptious and satisfying choices abound including coconut, berry, apple maple, carob, and chocolaty snack varieties. "We're really rooting for sustainable farming practices to win out over the polluting ones" Jeremy says.  Ohio-proud to the max, Plant Kingdom sources Spelt & oats from Organic land in Holmes County. If it's not made with those Ohio-grains, that's because it's a gluten free option! Find out more on Fridays or visit

Since Plant Kingdom is dedicated to putting the Industrial Hemp crop to work in N E Ohio. Operations Manager, Jeremy Koosed, is always fielding questions related to the Hemp seed snack foods. By posting some FAQ's here, we're hoping to bring clarity to the subject.

Q: What is Hemp? What are Hemp seeds?
The term Hemp refers to the Industrial Hemp crop, a non-drug variety of Cannabis Sativa that is genetically (and visibly) distinct from Marijuana plants. Hemp has a tall, woody stalk, growing well over 8 ft tall. It only needs to be planted 6 inches apart. Fibers derived from the Hemp stalk or other stalks are called "bast-fibers". Hemp fiber was a primary resource for Paper, cloth, strong rope for thousands of years. In fact, the term "canvas" is derived from "cannabis."

Hemp is a bast-fiber as well as an oilseed crop. The Hemp seeds are remarkably nutritious, containing all the essential amino acids (a complete protein) and essential fatty acids that we need in our diet. Hemp seed is not only a complete protein, but a high-protein food, second only to soybeans in respect to protein density

Q: What will this do to me? Will I fail my drug test?
No you cannot fail a drug test by eating Hemp seed foods. The Hemp industry pledges this with the website, There is no marijuana on the Hemp plant when it's growing. Eating Hemp seeds helps us feel strong! The goods knock-out hunger and the good-fats benefits our brain health and circulation so it’s help us feel clear and alert!

Featured Recipe: 
Purple Bean Salad w/ Hummus

This recipe shared by HAPI Fresh. You can find them on Fridays 11am-2pm at Downtown Farmers Market at Public Square.
  • 6 oz purple beans, chopped
  • 3T hummus
  • 1t lemon juice 
  • 1 sprig parsley and oregano, minced
  • 3 ounces romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
Steam the beans for 4 minutes, set aside. In a small bowl, combine hummus, lemon juice, oregano, and parsley. Set aside. Place salad lettuce in bowl, top with tomato slices and warm steamed beans. Season with pepper and and pour hummus mixture over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Serve 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. 

Fundraiser: Support Growhio while enjoying delicious Ohio wines!
What: $20 proceeds to benefit Growhio, will help continue efforts to advance the region's local food economy and to connect you to the region's amazing local food resources for buying, eating and growing local. Also, at 7:00pm a "No Cook Fresh Prep Produce Demo" by Arabelle Rome of Acenda Yoga and at 7:30pm, a screening of Growhio's Local Food Video.
You can also sign up for a Market Tour by NEO Food Tours. Kick off with a glass of wine at Visible Voice at 6:00pm then walk over to the Tremont Farmers Market in Lincoln Park, returning to Visible Voice at 7:00pm. Contact for tour info & pricing.
Who: Growhio and Visible Voice Books
When: Tuesday, September 13 from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Visible Voice Books, 1023 Kenilworth Avenue in Tremont

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, 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
  • SpiceHound: High quality spices, herbs, chilis, and natural salts
  • 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
  • Jorgensen Apiary's: Homemade honeys, james, preserves, and beeswax products
  • BONJOUR Crepes: French crepes using locally grown and organic ingredients
  • 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, The Nosh Box and StrEat Mobile). 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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