Fresh Fork Market farm buying club in CH
Could you have guessed that there are nearly 75,000 farms in the state of Ohio, or that less than 1 percent of your food supply is produced in Northeast Ohio? Seems incredible, doesn’t it? That’s what Fresh Fork Market founder Trevor Clatterbuck thought in 2008.
Fresh Fork Market specializes in connecting local families with local farmers via its farm buying club. Fresh Fork Market customers, or members, subscribe to a weekly farm-fresh grab bag from June 6 through Nov. 3. Each week during this 22-week season, members receive a mixed bag of produce, meats, cheeses and more, all coming from local farms. Customers pick up their grab bags weekly at one of Fresh Fork Market’s 15 area pick-up locations. In 2011, Fresh Fork Market customers sampled nearly 350 different products from 92 farms in the region.
“Last year we added Cleveland Heights due to demand from customers at other stops who asked for something closer to home,” explained Clatterbuck. The company intends to double its capacity to service Cleveland Heights this year at its pick-up location at Fairmount Presbyterian Church. Fresh Fork Market is finalizing the details, but the pick-up location is slated for Thursday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. The summer season will start on June 7.
To learn more, visit www.freshforkmarket.com. Packages range from $25 to $50 per week; vegetarian and vegan options are available. Sign up now through early May. Membership spots are limited and sell out quickly each year.
Robert Stockham is the marketing and communications manager for Fresh Fork Market.