Did you know that there are many local CSA farms 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? Learn more about CSA and find a group near you that offers the fresh vegetables, meats, and other 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
Remember to call ahead or visit the farm website to sign up to be part of their CSA program.
CSA in Ashland County
1422 County Rd 1008 Ashland, OH 44805
Martha’s offers a variety of vegetables free of pesticides.
CSA 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.
CSA in Geauga County
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.
CSA 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.
CSA in Mahoning County
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.
CSA 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”
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.
CSA in Portage County
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.
CSA in Stark County
Fox Family Farm
8191 Erie Ave Bethlehem Twp., OH 44662
Providing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers practicing organic methods.
Next Door Harvest
4945 Navarre Rd. SW. Canton, OH 44706
The farm offers a variety of lettuce, leafy greens and herbs. Simply place an order on their website to choose to pick up your produce at the farm on Saturdays or have it delivered to you on Fridays.
CSA in Summit County
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.
CSA 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.
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