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.


Growhio's Winter Newsletter

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Announcing 2012 Market Vendor Program
Now accepting applications

Are you a start-up farmer? Are you interested in selling at a farmers' market? Want to reduce your risks and costs? Sign up for Growhio's community vendor assistance program!


Learn more about our program - in person:

The Year of Local Food - A First Taste, E4S Cleveland Network Event
Date: Tuesday, February 21 - 5:30pm
Location: Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room
Register. This year's Celebration Point for the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative is Local Food.  Consistently ranked at the top of national surveys reporting on local food initiatives, Cleveland has become a leading voice in the urban agriculture movement.  Learn what is in store for our community in 2012 as the Year of Local Food kicks off including Growhio's efforts and vendor assistance program. Let's Grow Cleveland!

EcoTuesday February Meet-Up - Delving Deeper - Growhio drives local food success!
Date: Tuesday, February 28 - 5:30pm
Location: Gardens Under Glass at the Galleria; 1301 East Ninth Street Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Price: Events are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. 
RegisterIn-depth follow up to E4S snapshot presentation on Growhio's efforts and vendor assistance program.

Call for Nominations
Growhio's Inaugural Restaurant Awards

It's time recognize those restaurants that go above and beyond to incorporate sustainability and source local food at their restaurants!  We are seeking nominations for restaurants that are outstanding stewards of our local food community. Winners will be selected by committee and receive a host of benefits such as:
  • Participation in VIP awards event
  • Inclusion in Growhio's online and print Local Food Guide (published each fall)
  • Promotion on Growhio's website
  • Receipt of self-promotional materials package
Help us celebrate our local food culinary champions. Self-nominate or nominate your favorite restaurant now!

Market Ready Training
By OSU Extension

The Market Ready Training program is an opportunity for agricultural producers and entrepreneurs to learn more about reaching new markets, improving profitability, and developing better relationships with buyers.  Led by experts at The Ohio State University and ACEnet with panels of local producers, buyers, and practitioners, this training will help food producers and food businesses better prepare for both retail and wholesale markets. 
Market Ready Workshop
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 9:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Mustard Seed Market and CafĂ©, 3885 West Market Street in Akron
Cost: $75 per person and $25 for each additional person from the same business.  Breakfast and lunch provided.
Registration:  Contact Julie Moose at or by phone at 740.289.2071 ext. 223
This workshop is presented in partnership with the following; ACEnet, Center for Integrated Food Technology, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Countryside Conservancy, Growhio, Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, Ohio Proud, The Ohio State University, and the Ohio Wine Association.

Downtown Farmers' Market Survey
Help Plan the 2012 Season

Take the survey!

Downtown Farmers Market at Public Square needs your help in determining what’s best for the 2012 farmers market season. We want to learn a little bit about you and also want you to share your ideas about the timing and location of this year’s farmers market as well as vendors and food items you’d like to see at the market.

Your opinion is very important to us as your feedback and suggestions will help to improve the market as we continue to grow in our third season. Participation in the survey is voluntary and your responses will be kept private.

Tremont Farmers Market Winter Thaw
and Spring Awakening Benefit

Friday, March 9, 2012
6:30-9:30pm at Lava Lounge, 1307 Auburn Avenue
As the winter thaw gives way to a spring awakening, join Ricardo Sandoval of Lava Lounge, Fat Cats & Felice for cocktails, savory food & fun times to directly benefit Tremont Farmers Market.
$35 advance / $40 door - includes 2 drink tickets & savory food: wine or beer, crispy shrimp with herb lemon butter, lamb meatballs, lasagna, stuffed eggplant, roasted yukon gold potatoes, hummus & ziti in fresh tomato sauce with herbs and olives
Purchase tickets online or contact Jim Votava or Kristen Trolio at 216-575-0920 for other payment options.

GardenWalk 2012 Applications Available

GardenWalk Cleveland is a free, self-guided tour of gardens, urban farms, vineyards and orchards in select Cleveland area neighborhoods takingplace July 21-22, 2012. Tour at your own pace in each designated neighborhood, which will have a headquarters with car parking, bike parking, restrooms, water and maps.
If you are interested in having your garden on the tour, please apply online today!
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EcoTuesday February: Delving Deeper - Growhio drives local food success!

Join us Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 5:30 PM
1301 East Ninth St., Cleveland, OH
Price: $5.00/per person in advance ($10 at the door)
Come one, come all and hear a nice In-Depth follow up to a snapshot presentation from Growhio, one of several new but essential local food initiatives emerging from the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (first year summit) and going strong three years later.  We were happy the folks at Growhio reached out to us and requested the opportunity to share with everyone a deep dive: a great history of progress, the latest developments brewing, and current key projects to benefit those who want to get involved in growing and specifically - marketing their produce with special benefits and incentives.  We'll also hear great perspectives from local market managers, current vendors, and other key stakeholders who will share firsthand their perspectives from being involved.  We'll also have YOU who attend the opportunity to offer your best ideas, suggestions, and hopes to get plugged in to the local food movement and programs that Growhio is driving forward.

It is important stuff, and I've enjoyed tracking this group's progress since engaging with this group three years ago and helping contribute to its development.   Join us for a special session with Growhio on Feb 28th!  Fresh, free local food and drink for all.   Call 216-849-8651 with any questions!  BY: SUDHIR KADE RAGHUPATHY


GardenWalk 2012 Applications Now Available

GardenWalk Cleveland is a free, self- guided tour of gardens, urban farms, vineyards and orchards in neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio taking place July 21-22, 2012. Tour at your own pace in each of the four designated Cleveland neighborhoods. Each neighborhood on the Walk has a headquarters where you’ll find car parking, bike parking, restrooms, water and maps. If you are interested in having your garden on the tour, please apply online today!


Happenings at Kamm's Corners Farmers' Market Sunday

Kamm's Corners Farmers Market
This Sunday, February 12th
Cretan Party Center  
3853 W. 168th St.
Cleveland, Oh 44111

Don't Miss a Beet:
~Spread the word!
Neighborhood News:
Grant Proposals Sought From Neighborhood Groups!

Neighborhood Connections is a small grants program designed to assist Cleveland neighborhood groups to strengthen the social network in their communities. Grants are intended to spur small, grassroots community efforts, and they range from $500 to $5,000. Any resident-led or community group is eligible to apply, including those that aren't recognized as 501(c)(3) organizations. The next deadline for Neighborhood Connections funding is Friday, February 10th at 5 p.m. If you are interested in learning more, please click here.

Limited Cold Storage Veggies, Meat (now more selections), Cow & Goat Cheese, Goat Milk, Eggs, Pasta, Bakery, Jelly, Salsa, Hot Sauce, Spices, Olive Oil, Honey, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Pierogies, Gyros & Prepared Greek Food, Soaps, Lotions, Essential Oils, and more!

-Music of the Market CD's - only $10!
-Growhio Local Food Guides - only $5!
Now Offering More Meat Selections... 

Joining our market and adding to the fabulous selection of Tea Hills Farms is Bluebird Meadows Farm! Owners Chris and Julie Blankenship pasture raise growth hormone and antibiotic free pork and beef. They offer a wide array of products with a special focus on eight different types of pork bratwurst.
Coming February 12th...
Kamm's Corners Farmers Market sponsor Rocksolid Stone Works will offer weekly raffle prizes during the 2012 season! One lucky winner will also receive 30 square feet of solid surface counter top and a stainless steel sink. Tickets will be available starting at the February 12th indoor market.
Office Space Available at River's Edge
Locate your business at River’s Edge. Tucked away within the heart of the West Park neighborhood in Cleveland, River’s Edge is easily accessible for you and your clients. They have flexible office space available to fit your needs. For more information, please contact Maureen Powers at 216-688-1111 x318
West Park Community Garden Plots Available!
For more info contact Karen Stross at 216-941-1413
Mark Your Calendar...
Monthly Indoor Markets:
THIS Sunday!
March 11th
April 1st
May 6th
PLEASE NOTE: April and May Indoor Market dates have been changed due to Easter and the Hooley. 
Growhio and Cleveland Farmers Market Guild
Growhio Offers New Vendor Incubator!
Growhio is continuing its vendor assistance program through 2012! Under the program, furnished vendor "incubator" booth space and technical assistance is available at eight Cleveland area farmers markets for new vendors. The program is open to farmers who have not vended at a farmers market before and will sell specialty crops (i.e. fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey and/or maple syrup). If you are interested in participating in the vendor assistance program, please email to let us know!
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Happenings at Tremont Farmers' Market Tuesday

Winter Market Location
 Holy Ghost Greek (Byzantine) 
Catholic Church and Cultural Center 
2420 W.14 St, on the corner of Kenilworth Ave.  
Parking available at the Church,
across the street at OLA St. Joseph and on Kenilworth Ave.
Hello, Market Folk.
Yes, it is that time once again, 
to pack up your cloth bags, make your shopping list and head on down to TFM.

Here is some of what will be at market:

Abby's Kitchen: Ohio Apple jam, Red Raspberry jam, Cherry Conserve, Blueberry jam and more all made with local fruit (except the cherry).

Blaze Gourmet will bring some pretty darn tasty Salsas, Hot Sauces, and a Very Positive Attitude.

Godmother's Pizza will have their usual delicious pizza, breads, marinaras and more.

J & R Farms will have meats and eggs. Sale items: Hamburger patties; Cajun, Cajun with Cheese brats and Lorenzo sausage, all 25% off!

Lucky Penny Creamery: a selection of their goat cheeses.

Morningside Farm will be bringing garlic and potatoes!

Ohio Farm Direct: All kinds of grass-fed cow cheeses.  Organic.

Posh Pierogies will have pierogies.

Red Basket Farm: greens, potatoes, onions, honey, maple syrup and whatever surprises are ready for harvesting!

t. by Sarah will have teas and tisanes and a few fun items

Valley City Fungi will definitely have spawn plugs and a shiitake grow log or two, as well as garlic, and what mushrooms have decided to get it together by tomorrow!

EBT Proudly accepted. EBT Incentive Program still in effect. Participants who use more than $5 from their Ohio Direction Cards receive an extra $5 to spend at the market. 
Join us on March 9! Click HERE
TFM Winter Thaw 2012

See you Tuesday!
Peace and Good Eats. 

Jody Lathwell, Market Manager 


Happenings at Tremont Farmers' Market

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Dear Market Folks,

We are ready to stretch our 2012 market legs!  Hope you have Feb 7 on your calendar, because we will be setting up at Holy Ghost (Byzantine) Catholic Church and Community from 4-7pm.  More details will follow in an upcoming email.

We would also like to invite you to our really fun annual benefit!
RSVP HERE to reserve tickets.

TFM Winter Thaw 2012
More about this upcoming season:
      2012 CVAP--- TFM

Farmers' Market Vendor ProgramAvailable at our 8 participating markets for start-up vendors to help reduce the risk involved in trying out selling at a farmers' market. The program is open to farmers who have not vended at a farmers' market before and will sell specialty crops (i.e. fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey and maple syrup). If you are interested in participating, please email us at by March 1, 2012 to let us know!
Peace and good eats!
Jody Lathwell, Market Manager