From the Baltimore Sun

For two years, Kristin Zissel has made dry rubs and condiments for Haute Mess Kitchen. She now hopes to take her fledgling business to the next level.

Lade Adewale, owner of Elkridge-based Ideal Foods LLC, sells her bean patties to consumers looking for meatless options and is looking for growth in mainstream markets. And Guy Fraser and his daughter, Jinji, have been whipping up artisanal raw chocolate at their Belvedere Square retail stall, Pure Chocolate by Jinji, and want to expand beyond a few restaurants and cafes.

All hope to tap into the Baltimore area’s growing “buy local” food movement and even connect with some of the bigger customers out there — universities, hospital and hotels. Such institutions are looking increasingly to local vendors as a way to offer healthier choices and boost economic development.

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