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)
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
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
Trapp Family Farm
Contents: Mixed vegetables, and more.
Description: A unique year-round, all-you-can-use weekly share program.
Application Deadline: January 31st, or until full
Pick-Up Location: 1019 West Streetsboro Rd., Peninsula
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
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