There must have been something in the air in 1912. Seriously, think about it: In that one year, so many amazing institutions were born that have served as pillars of this community for 100 years. The City Club of Cleveland hosted its first speaker, local chapters of the NAACP and the Junior League started up, the Cleveland Music Settlement opened its doors, General Electric opened its world headquarters, Shaker Heights was incorporated and construction began on the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
Which brings us to the Near West Side and an institution treasured by food lovers across Northeast Ohio and beyond: the West Side Market, which marks its centennial as well this year. And so it seems appropriate that this issue of Edible Cleveland is our “Market” issue. Inspired by the celebration of the West Side Market, we challenged our writers to expand from there and explore how it is that delicious, seasonal food makes its way from farm to market. The results take us from an Amish auction in Medina County to cheesemaking in Kent to the economic impact of some of our urban farmers markets, and more.
For me, it’s been inspiring to take a bit of a look back because when I do, I see a Cleveland filled with promise and enterprise—much like the Cleveland I know today. The local food community here is not just about returning to traditional practices. Instead, people are innovating on those practices to create new, sustainable ways to grow, produce and sell food. We at Edible Cleveland have the honor of telling their stories, and we all have an opportunity to support the businesses (like those you’ll find in our pages) that day in and day out are serving up local fare.
So grab those shopping bags and head out to your local market. Fall is the season of harvest and abundance. It’s a great time to check out a new market or visit a farm or an orchard to find the perfect ingredients to combine with your backyard garden produce to cook up a satisfying meal. And along the way, take a moment to visit us on Facebook to share your discoveries with other locavores. We look forward to seeing where you lead us.
Have a delicious season,