Community Supported Agriculture in the Heights
'Tis the season for fresh and abundant locally grown food! More and more Heights residents are assuring themselves an abundant supply of healthy produce from local farms by purchasing a share from one of our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) groups.
CSA subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. Once harvesting begins, they receive weekly deliveries of farm-fresh vegetables and fruit. Following is a list of CSAs that deliver to the Heights area. Please contact individual vendors for complete 2013 share purchase information.
Blue Pike Farm, Cleveland, (216-373-9461, www.localharvest.org/csa/M16461). Weekly pickup: First Baptist Church, 3630 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, on Wednesdays, 4–7 p.m, during weekly farmers market hours at the church, or pick up directly from the farm during farm market hours.
Covered Bridge Gardens, Jefferson, Ohio (coveredbridgegardens.com). Weekly pickup: North Union Farmers Market, Shaker Square, during market hours, Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon.
City Fresh, Oberlin, Ohio (gotthenac.org/city-fresh). Weekly pickup: Coventry Village Library (corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road) on Tuesdays, 5–7 p.m. starting June 12 for 20 weeks.
Don Anna Farms, Garrettsville, Ohio (www.donannafarms.com/, or contact Sue Baldwin at 440-834-4323). Weekly pickup: Shaker Square Farm Market during market hours, Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon.
Fresh Fork Market, Cleveland (www.freshfork.com). Weekly Pickup: Fairmount Presbyterian Church (Cleveland Heights) parking lot, across the street from the church, at the intersection of Fairmount Boulevard and Coventry Road, Fridays, 4–7 p.m.
Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio (www.geaugafamilyfarms.org, or contact Laura Dobson, LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org). Weekly pickup: Saturdays, 9:30–11 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, or Thursdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Ruffing Montessori School, 3380 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights.
Muddy Fork Farm, Wooster, Ohio (330-465-1399, www.localharvest.org/csa/M24324). Weekly pickup: North Union Farmers Market, Shaker Square, during market hours Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, May through September.
Sarah Wean is a community activist and volunteer who coordinates the Sustainable Heights Network web site at sustainableheightsnetwork.net. Do you have a Heights area CSA to to add to this list? Please contact the author at email@example.com.