Best Commerce Explosion

Farmers Markets and CSAs

In the not-too-distant past — say three or four years ago — the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square was just starting to spin off a few additional markets around the city. Back then, "community-supported agriculture" — programs that allow you to sign up for weekly shares of produce grown on area farms — were nothing more than a rumor trucked in from foodie meccas like San Francisco. But nowadays, Northeast Ohio boasts more than two dozen farmers markets, and Lakewood alone has two. The venerable Coit Road Farmers Market (15000 Woodworth Rd., East Cleveland), founded in 1932, has expanded its offerings and gotten a new lease on life. And not only have CSAs like City Fresh's Fresh Stops expanded their number of pickup locations, but churches and other organizations are starting CSAs of their own, striking deals with area growers.