DIRT: A Modern Market will open at Findlay Market Summer 2015
DIRT will be a full-time retail store at market selling only locally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, dairy products and cottage goods. It will establish, for the first time at Findlay Market, a year-round market place for the purpose of connecting consumers and producers of locally grown foods and other agricultural products.
DIRT will function like a consignment store where growers and producers:
- Rent space by the week or month
- Set up their individual display
- Set their own prices
- Are reimbursed 70-80% of their gross sales.
DIRT's hours of operation will vary slightly from the main market house:
- Closed Monday
- Tuesday - Friday from 10am to 7pm
- Saturday - 8am to 6pm
- Sunday - 10am to 4pm
DIRT will market food products that celebrate what is unique and best about a community – our local crops, ethnic traditions and creative populace – while keeping a greater percentage of food dollars circulating in the local economy. Our goals are to encourage healthy eating, expand the market for local growers and producers, and promote community involvement and sustainable living.
DIRT will serve as the informal hub of our local food initiatives at Findlay Market, which includes our weekend farmers market, the Findlay Market neighborhood farmstands and pop-up markets, The Kitchen at Findlay Market, and Produce Perks/SNAP Plus.
Dirt will also serve as an informal community center, hosting meetings of local organizations and presenting classes on topics such as gardening, healthy cooking, food preservation, crafts, and issues relating to sustainability.
The Corporation for Findlay Market will launch DIRT with generous support from the Interact for Health Foundation.