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2017 CSA Options

18-Jan-2017

 

Thinking ahead to the coming growing season is one of the things that keeps me going through the dreary months of January and February. Farmer’s aren’t just thinking and dreaming though - they’re working hard to make my fruit, veg and flower dreams come true. They are assessing the previous season to see what worked and what didn’t, taking inventory of their supplies and restocking, planning their rotations, selecting varieties and ordering seeds. This planning comes with a large financial investment - when income is at its lowest. This pattern encouraged the development of the Community Supported Agriculture model where farm supporters sign-up and pay for a share of the farm’s harvest, which they then receive portioned out through the season.

Traditional CSAs still exist and flourish, but in response to changing trends and demands, some farms have adopted more flexible structures. Countryside Initiative farms and farmers’ market vendors have a fantastic mix of both from which to choose. Check out the list below for some of the options!

Baker’s Fresh Produce and Honey

Contents: Mixed vegetables, including: Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Chives, Cilantro, Chinese Cabbage, Cucumbers, Edamame, Eggplant, Garlic, Beans(Green & Yellow), Herbs, Kale, Kohlrabi, Green Onions, Leeks, Lettuces, Melons, Okra, Peas, Sweet, Medium & Hot Peppers, Pie Pumpkins, Potatoes (Red,Kennebec & Fingerling), Radishes, Summer Squash, Sugar Snap Peas, Sweet Onions, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes (large variety including heirlooms), Tomatillos,Turnips, Winter Squash and Zucchini. Will approximately feed a family of four.

Description: A traditional CSA with weekly pick-ups and encouraged on-farm work.

Dates: May 24th through September 23rd

Pick-Up Location: 8927 River Styx Rd., Wadsworth

Pick-Up Times: Wednesdays from 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Thursdays from 2:30pm - 4:30pm or Saturdays from 8:00am - 10am.

Cost: $550, plus $25 refundable work deposit (with completion of 3 hour work commitment)

For more information or to sign-up, visit Baker’s Fresh Produce online or contact Bob and Donna Baker at 330-608-5423 or info@bakersproduce.com.

Greenfield Berry Farm

Description: Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Greenfield Berry Farm aims to provide fresh, local, and naturally grown produce to our CSA members. To ensure consistent quality and quantity and provide more variety, we plan to work with other local farmers who share our passion for small-scale farming. Most of the produce will be from our farm, with the remaining being grown by other local farmers. Each week, you can expect to receive a good variety of vegetables. Our goal is to provide enough produce for a family of four each week. Summer Standard Share members receive $20 in vouchers for pick-your-own berries; Half Share members receive $10 in PYO vouchers.

Dates: Spring Share (4 weeks in May); Summer Standard Share (18 weeks, starting in June); Summer Half Share (9 weeks, every other week, starting in June); Fall Share (4 weeks in October)

Pick-Up Location: 2485 Major Rd., Peninsula, OH

Pick-Up Times: Spring and Fall Shares - Fridays, 5pm - 7pm. Summer Shares - Tuesdays or Fridays, 5pm - 7pm

For more information or to sign-up, visit Greenfield Berry Farm online or contact Daniel Greenfield at 330-657-2924 or greenfieldberryfarm@hotmail.com.

Morningside Farm

Contents: Mixed Organic vegetables.

Description: We improved our Organic Vegetable CSA and transformed it into an E-Commerce program. Each week, interested families are invited to order exactly what they need from our available produce at our E-Commerce site: https://morningsideproduce.com. Browse our available produce, select the amounts you need, submit your order. You can pickup your order, at the farm, on Tuesday between 4pm and 6pm. An invoice will be emailed to you to pay with an electronic check. Please contact us to be placed on our weekly email reminder list.

Dates: Available now!

Pick-Up Location: 1075 State Rd., Hinckley

Pick-Up Times: Tuesdays from 4pm - 6pm

Cost: Determined by order

For more information or to sign-up for weekly email reminders, visit MorningSide Farm or contact George Remington at MailMorningSide@gmail.com or 216-406-6621.

Trapp Family Farm

Contents: Mixed vegetables, and more.

Description: A unique year-round, all-you-can-use weekly share program.

Dates: Year-round

Application Deadline: January 31st, or until full

Pick-Up Location: 1019 West Streetsboro Rd., Peninsula

To receive detailed information, contact Mark at trapp.family.farm@gmail.com or 330-657-2844.

Spice Acres

Contents: Mixed vegetables. Optional egg share and/or Spice Pantry Share.

Description: Each week’s share includes just-picked produce from Spice Acres farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park – over 30 crops and 50+ varieties! You’ll also enjoy recipes, and the option for special restaurant extras to satisfy your Spice Kitchen + Bar cravings. CSA members also receive half-price yoga on farm!

Pick-Up Location: On-Farm at 9570 Riverview Rd., Brecksville or at Spice Kitchen + Bar at 5800 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Pick-Up Times: Tuesdays from 5pm - 8pm

For more information, visit Spice Acres or contact Andrea Heim at spicefarmmanager@gmail.com or 440-554-4178.

Wild Fox & Flower

Contents: Flower bouquets

Description: The Wild Fox & Flower's weekly CSA guarantees 12 fresh cut bouquets, wrapped in brown paper and tied with a string, delivered to your home or business in Cuyahoga County throughout the summer.

Pick-Up Location: Delivery within Cuyahoga County

Cost: $299

For more information, visit Wild Fox & Flower or contact Meghan Wingenfeld Wildfoxandflower@gmail.com at 216-832-5477