Interact for Health

DIRT market open at Findlay Market

(Aug 11th, 2015)

Access to healthy food is critical for a community’s health, and while local farmers markets continue to expand locally, it can be a challenge to get to them on a specific day of the week. And for farmers, spending certain days away from the farm is a strain as well.

Enter Interact for Health grantee DIRT, a year-round marketplace that connects consumers and producers of locally grown foods and other products. The store at Findlay Market sells only locally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, dairy products and cottage goods.

It functions like a consignment store, where growers and producers rent space, set up displays, set prices and are reimbursed 70-80 percent of the sales.

DIRT's hours of operation vary slightly from the main market hours:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is one step toward turning Findlay Market into a food innovation district, said Karen Kahle, communications and program director for the Corporation for Findlay Market (CFFM), the organization responsible for the development and launch of DIRT.

"Food innovation districts are much like well-known business acceleration zones for high tech and start-up companies," Kahle said. "They build on business synergies that occur when related enterprises locate in close proximity, share resources, information and ideas; and grow investment and jobs with business development support."

Growers and producers interested in contributing to DIRT market may contact Rebecca Heine, local food program director, at Rheine@findlaymarket.org or Marianne Hamilton, director of The Kitchen at Findlay Market, mhamilton@findlaymarket.org.

DIRT market is also seeking volunteers to help staff the store during its hours of operation or to staff the education tent on weekends when the farmers market is open.