New farmers market at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

A farmers market featuring fresh local produce, organic products, plants, herbs, bakery items and craft artisans opens Friday, May 31 in the parking lot at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights. The market will continue every Friday. 2–7 p.m., through October.

This is the first year for the market at the church site. "The fresh produce will be mostly Amish-grown, from Middlefield and Burton," said Debra Kates, market manager Debra Kates."The Amish do not use lots of pesticides." 

According to Kates, prices will be “very reasonable.” The market accepts EBT payments, WIC coupons, and participates in the Produce Perks program.

This farmers market is designated as the Cleveland Heights Community Farmers Market. Kates manages another market at the South Euclid Hillcrest Methodist Church on Green Road.

When Kates called Pastor Jessica Shields of Bethlethem Church to ask if the church would host the market, Shields was thrilled. Bethlehem's Church Council voted unanimously to approve the proposal. "We are very excited having the market in our parking lot," said Shields. "It's a great asset to share with the community." 

Kates points out that the new market site is in a great location. "It’s RTA-accessible and has good available parking,” she said, “[including] parking for the handicapped.”

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 3740 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights at the corner of Mayfield and Crest roads, in the shadow of Severance Town Center. For more information, call 216-382-4545.

Binnie Eiger

Binnie Eiger is the office manager for Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

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