Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brunch for the Broke

Inviting a friend to Saturday's annual Coit Road Farmers Market French Toast Fundraiser can be a mouthful, but so are the offerings.

If you don't want to fork over $35 at some hoity-toity spot this weekend (hey, we've all been there), get your fill of French toast made with locally raised free-range eggs, real Northeast Ohio maple syrup, fresh-churned local butter and a cup of fresh apple cider or a steaming mug of Crooked River Coffee, all for $5. That's less than the cost of valet parking downtown. Scrounge up an extra buck to add a side of local pork or chicken sausage. Or bacon.

"You can't have French toast without bacon," says chef Robin Blair, who will be churning out plates for this kid-friendly fundraiser for the fourth year in a row.

Last year's event attracted approximately 200, and if you think that's a zoo, just wait until the kids finish eating, when farm animals such as chickens and goats are brought out for the young ones to learn about and pet.

"It's a lot of fun," Blair says. "Even when people are standing in line, it's still fun. There's talking, there's usually live guitar playing near the line. It's not just for the food."

Once you're finished eating, take a stroll through the historic barn setting to get your shopping done like a locavore.

Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to noon at the Coit Road Market (15000 Woodworth Road, East Cleveland). Visit for updates.

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