Whether you’re a single family or a restaurant looking to expand its local products, farm shares are the best way to try local, natural produce, meats and herbs. Farm sharing can cut cost when you have big family, are constantly shopping at farmers’ markets or are looking to take charge of your health with foods not grown with pesticides or GMOs. Cleveland has a bounty of farm shares due to Ohio’s natural farm land and perfect growing conditions. Find the farm share in your neighborhood.
Ohio Heritage Farm
8050 Depot Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004
A family farm, Ohio Heritage Farm offers a farm share that’s sure to meet everyone’s needs. The “single basket,” “couple basket” or “family basket” can provide your fruits, vegetables or protein needs for the whole summer and into fall. You can expect free-range eggs and livestock and seasonal vegetables and fruits. As the growing season continues into the summer, so does the amount of produce provided. By the end of fall, you’ll have canned or frozen whatever you have left over. Pickup is in Saybrook Township and its immediate area.
Murray Hill Farm
5761 Ferry Road
Wakeman, OH 44889
Supporting Murray Hill Farms is easy to do. With five years of experience in the farm sharing community, it has the operation down to a science. You can get a rough idea of what produce and produces are available every month ahead of time. For example, in June most vegetables are ready like Swiss chard, broccoli and beans, while in July more fruits are ripe for the picking like your strawberries and raspberries. The food is pesticide free and the meat and eggs are hormone free, antibiotic free and humanely raised. If you’re looking for a farm share with a pick-up in Medina or Vermillion, Murray Hill Farms is the best choice for you.
Farm Roots Connection
In Akron, Wooster and Cleveland Farm Roots Connection has your farm share waiting. Delivered weekly, the vegetables and fruits are grown naturally and the protein options are humanely raised free of GMOs or hormones. At Farm Roots Connection, you can add to your farm share with items like honey, maple syrup or frozen meets. Donations can also be made to local food banks, just another way Farm Roots Connections gives back to the community.
Squire Valleevue And Valley Ridge Farms
37125 Fairmount Blvd.
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
At Case Western Reserve University, the farm share opportunity is growing and growing. The university is constantly upgrading the growing techniques, new seedlings and different varieties of produce. With two pick-up sites, at the Biomedical Research Building Lobby or at the Fairmount farmers’ market, there’s no easier way to get your farm share. Put your trust and your family’s food in the Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms from Case Western Reserve University.
Bay Branch Farms
2027 Lark St.
Lakewood, OH 44107
An urban farm in the city of Lakewood, Bay Branch Farms serves the needs of the growing community of Lakewood. Expect the best in lettuce and arugula, carrots, radishes, onions and more. No pesticides are used and all-natural compost keeps the veggies growing strong and healthy all season. Contact Bay Branch Farms for a local farm share with an a la carte option for the most discerning customer.
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