SCENE MAGAZINE - Downtown on the Farm: Cleveland’s new way of life is its old way of life

More than $3 billion is spent annually feeding the people of Cuyahoga County, according to the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, a consortium of area governmental agencies, businesses, nonprofits, farmers, and educational institutions.

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But now, some are sensing the potential to create viable businesses growing food in the city. It’s an awakening fueled by the farmers markets, CSAs, and forward-thinking restaurateurs, but also by the interest of supermarkets like Dave’s, Heinen’s, and Whole Foods in carrying and promoting locally grown produce. Since the idea is so new and untested, a variety of business plans are emerging.