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Two Urban Farmers Test the 'Eat Local' Business

This story appears in the October 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
City food: Eric Stoffer and Annabel Khouri of Bay Branch Farm.

Your first thought as you approach Bay Branch Farm in the suburb of Lakewood is that the GPS must be wrong. Surely the source of some of the area's best arugula and other produce can't be located here, in this lower-middle-class neighborhood of densely packed homes that were built as employee residences for a nearby Union Carbide plant.

But if you drive slowly enough, you'll spot the rows of neatly planted vegetables in the pocket-size yard of a weathered 1920s house: the off-hours endeavor of two gainfully employed professionals, Annabel Khouri and Eric Stoffer.

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