CINCINNATI -- Findlay Market wants you to eat DIRT -- but don’t worry, it’s locally produced.
Market organizers said DIRT will be a full-time retail store selling local fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, dairy products and “cottage” goods.
The move means Findlay Market will have a year-round space for consumers and producers who want locally grown food and products.
Officials said DIRT will act like a consignment store where growers and producers can:
Rent space by the week or month,
Set up their individual display,
Set their own prices,
And are reimbursed 70-80 percent of their gross sales.
The stores hours will vary slightly from the rest of the market:
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.
Organizers said they aim to market foods and products that celebrate Cincinnati traditions and keep more dollars in the local economy.
The new store will also serve as the market’s informal hub for local food initiatives such as the: weekend farmers market, Findlay Market neighborhood farm stands and pop-up markets, The Kitchen at Findlay Market, and Produce Perks/SNAP Plus.
Officials said it will also serve as an informal community center. Local groups will be welcome to hold meetings, present classes on topics such as gardening, healthy cooking, food preservation, crafts, and issues relating to sustainability.
Findlay Market said it was able to launch DIRT thanks to support from the Interact for Health Foundation.