Did you know that there are many local CSAs in Northeast Ohio where you can not only buy locally grown produce and farm products but also support the farmers who grow and produce them?
In this article, you will learn more about CSAs and be able to find a group near you that offers the fresh vegetables, meats, and/or food products your family needs.
What is a CSA and How Do They Work?
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is an opportunity for you to join a group of others in your community to purchase produce and foods from a local farm (or group of farms) in the area. By joining and becoming a member of a CSA you are financially supporting and encouraging local agriculture and receive fresh, locally grown farm products in return usually on a weekly basis throughout the growing season.
Once you find a CSA that produces the foods and products your family needs, you will join the CSA by committing and purchasing your “share” of the season’s harvest in advance.
Some programs require full payment early in the season and others offer a payment plan that fits your budget with a choice of membership options. Pricing varies starting as low as $15 per week for a small share.
For your convenience, most CSAs offer multiple pick up locations and pick up days (every Friday for example) and a few also offer home delivery.
Benefits of a CSA
Unlike most grocery stores, CSAs provide your family the freshest produce and products available, much having been picked within 24 hours of pick up. Many of the farms use little or no pesticides so the products are often grown with organic methods including some with USDA organic certification.
What Local Foods Do CSAs Offer?
Like a farmers market, CSAs offer a wide variety of produce and farm products. Some of the fresh foods available in Northeast Ohio include garden vegetables, eggs, honey, cheese, fruit, meats, dairy, maple syrup, and more. Others also offer heirloom and unique varieties of vegetables and herbs, baked goods, grains and nuts.
Other benefits include the opportunity for farm visits where you can learn about the CSA’s farming methods first hand and enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing exactly where your food is grown or raised.
If you like to buy local and appreciate fresh food, this list can help you find a CSA near you.
CSAs in Northeast Ohio
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CSAs in Ashland County
1422 County Rd 1008 Ashland, OH 44805
Martha’s offers a variety of vegetables free of pesticides.
CSAs in Carroll County
Creekview Ridge Farm
9047 Magnet Road, Minerva, OH 44657
Features high-quality, pesticide and GMO-free produce . Creekview Ridge farm offers a summer CSA subscription. They offer Free range/Organic fed eggs and seasonal produce
CSAs in Cuyahoga County
Fresh Fork Market
7501 Carnegie Avenue Cleveland, OH 44103
Advertises “Sustainably grown & raised produce, fruits, pasture raised meats, eggs, dairy & more”
Grace Brothers Nursery & Supply
12905 Ridge Road, N Royalton, OH 44133
Grace Brothers Nursery works directly with several family-farms and orchards to provide members with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Other Hand Farm
3160 W. 61st St. Cleveland, OH 44102
A small locally owned and operated urban farm growing a large variety of vegetables using organic practices.
CSAs in Geauga County
Don Anna Farms
18587 Mumford Rd Garrettsville, OH 44231
Don Anna Farms specializes in potatoes, but grow a variety of other vegetables
Sirna’s Farm & Market
19009 Ravenna Road Auburn, OH 44023
Provides a large variety of season vegetables, fruits, herbs, meats and dairy.
11391 Franks Rd. Auburn Township, OH 44023
Voytko Farms is a family-run offering pick-your-own blueberries and currants. They also grow a variety of vegetables and herbs. They are also raising beef, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and quail that are supplemented with non gmo feeds.
CSAs in Lorain County
New Agrarian Center PO Box 357, Oberlin, OH 44074
Advertises “City Fresh farmers serve as stewards of the land. We embrace organic farming techniques to ensure bountiful harvests for future generations and to deliver an abundance of natural and tasty produce…..”
Murray Hill Farm
102 West Hamilton Street. Oberlin, OH 44074
Murray Hill Farm's CSA program provides customers with local, in season, fruit and organic vegetables.
CSAs in Mahoning County
Avant Gardens Farm & Mushroomery
223 Youngstown Lowellville Rd Lowellville, OH 44436
Offers gourmet, exotic, exciting mushrooms as well as a large assortment of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
2310 W. South Range Rd. North Lima, OH 44452
Goodness Grows is a non-profit that works with schools and community groups raising a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.
CSAs in Medina County
Baker's Fresh Produce & Honey
8927 River Styx Rd. Wadsworth, OH 44281
They provide not only a large variety of vegetables, but also meat, eggs, honey, ginger and turmeric.
2200 Station Road Valley City, OH 44280
Advertises “All naturally raised beef, chicken, pork, turkey, lamb; free range brown eggs, fruits and vegetables, organic products”
6736 River Corners Road Spencer, OH 44275
A small family farm specializing in humanely-raised, heritage Pastured Meats, Eggs, and organically grown vegetables.
County Line Family Farm
30 Fixler Rd Wadsworth, OH 44281
From organic, non-gmo seeds to healthy soil management, they use organic agricultural practices to produce a large variety of vegetables.
Earth Song Farm
7634 Lafayette Rd. (Rt. 42) Lodi, OH 44254
Earth Song Farm uses only organic and biodynamic farming practices to provide a large variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, meats and dairy.
Front 9 Farm
8421 Richman Road, Lodi, OH 44254
Front 9 Farm offers a large variety of vegetable, fruits and herbs as well as eggs, chickens and turkeys.
11136 Holshoe Rd, Homerville, OH 44235
Por-Bar Farms offers fresh, local produce, herbs and flowers following organic and eco-friendly growing practices.
CSAs in Portage County
11316 Wheeler Rd. Garrettsville, OH 44231
“Birdsong Farm is a 24 acre organic farm growing a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.”
Leigh Farm, LLC
1411 Aurora Hudson Rd Aurora, OH 44202
Leigh Farm uses organic growing practices to produce seasonal vegetables, eggs, flowers, and honey.
Seasons Micro Farm
7427 Seasons Rd Kent, OH 44240
A small farm that practices sustainable farming to produce naturally-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers.
CSAs in Stark County
Fox Family Farm
8191 Erie Ave Bethlehem Twp., OH 44662
Providing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers practicing organic methods.
Simon Certified Organic Family Farm
1044 Battlesburg Street SW East Sparta, OH 44626
Advertised “Certified Organic Practices are elevated by Biodynamic Holistic Principles harmonized for Ecological Wholeness” . Includes a variety of vegetables, meats and dairy.
CSAs in Summit County
Crabby Goat Farm
Lakemore, OH 44250
Crabby Goat Farm’s main focus is on free range chicken and duck eggs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, goat milk, and goat meat. Although, fruits, veggies, baked goods, salves & lotions, herbal teas, and other items are sometimes available.
Crown Point Ecology Center
3220 Ira Road Bath, OH 44333
Advertises “Certified organic and sustainably grown vegetables, herbs, and berries”.
Greenfield Berry Farm
2485 Major Road Peninsula, OH 44264
Located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Greenfield Berry Farm offers a variety of vegetables as well as pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries and offers a variety of CSA options.
3077 Akron Peninsula Road Akron, OH 44313
A family run farm specializing in Medicinal Herbs and Vegetables.
CSAs in Wayne County
Muddy Fork Farm
2289 N. Reedsburg Rd. Wooster, OH 44691
Muddy Fork farm is a certified organic family farm that grows a variety of vegetables, fruits. They also have eggs, lamb, honey, wool, flowers.