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Cleveland Clinic's farmers' markets start June 3

The markets will run from 10:30-1:30 Wednesdays through Oct. 14 on Crile Mall. (Source: Cleveland Clinic) The markets will run from 10:30-1:30 Wednesdays through Oct. 14 on Crile Mall. (Source: Cleveland Clinic)
All products at Cleveland Clinic farmers' markets are locally grown and picked within 12 to 24 hours of opening time. (Source: Cleveland Clinic) All products at Cleveland Clinic farmers' markets are locally grown and picked within 12 to 24 hours of opening time. (Source: Cleveland Clinic)
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Strawberries are ripening, plants are flowering and musicians are tuning up their instruments in time for a new season of farmers' markets at Cleveland Clinic, which adds extra dimensions to the region's open-air market tradition.

The Community Farmers' Market at Cleveland Clinic opens Wednesday on the hospital's main campus near University Circle. The market will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 14 on Crile Mall, a comfortable green space between East 100th and East 96th streets, just south of Euclid Avenue. Free parking is available for the first hour and the RTA Health Line runs nearby.

Additional fresh markets will begin June 10 at Cleveland Clinic health centers in Beachwood, Independence and Garfield Heights. 

By supplying locally-grown produce and homemade breads and jams, farmers' markets have become a welcome addition to northeast Ohio's food and dining scene. Last year, more than 2,000 people visited Cleveland Clinic's flagship market each week. Shoppers included employees, patients, visitors and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Befitting a healthcare setting, the market offers wellness events and health screenings, in addition to live music and cooking demonstrations. Reiki therapy will be available in a health tent every market day, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic's Healing Services Team.

Cleveland Clinic sees the markets as a means to promote healthy eating, foster a sense of community and offer a fun place to shop for fresh foods straight from the source.

"It's a vibrant, multi-sensory experience," said Julie Marth, program manager for the Office of Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic. "There are great aromas, live music, friendly and knowledgeable farmers. There's just something about getting around fresh food that's really appealing. It's our eighth season and we've established some really nice momentum."

Opening day will feature a performance by the Cleveland Clinic Concert Band, believed to be the only hospital-based wind ensemble in America. Under the direction of music director Roy Hawthorne, the 35-member band plays brassy favorites in the John Phillip Sousa tradition. 

Also on opening day, the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute will collect boxes of cereal and "milk money" for its annual Cereal Drive to benefit local food banks. The drive coincides with the end of the school year, when school-based breakfasts end for many children.

Market stands will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, pastries, flowers, eggs and dairy products, along with seasonal produce from 25 to 35 local farmers. The cornucopia is made possible through a partnership with North Union Farmers Market, which operates the Cleveland Clinic markets on the main campus and in Beachwood.

Luther Farms, of Richfield, will be operating the farmstands at Garfield Heights and Independence facilities beginning in July. 

Click here for more information on the markets, including a schedule of entertainment and special events. 

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