LEAF Night Markets are Thursday evenings at the Lakewood Public Library, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. LEAF Night Markets are the delivery location for several Community Supported Agriculture programs. We proudly accept Ohio Direction.
LEAF Community Market is a participating market in the "Produce Perks" program (2015 participation pending). This is a program of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy coalition, where Ohio Direction card holders can get buy one get one free market tokens (up to $10) for fresh fruits and vegetables. Visit the customer service table at the farmers' market to learn more.
The LEAF Community will offer four produce CSA programs, and many visiting vendors in Lakewood in 2015! All of the programs offered below vend local produce, so items will vary depending on the growing season. Feel great that your food was grown within 75 miles, and picked within 24 hours of delivery!
Produce Community Supported Agriculture Programs
CSA Payment Plan 2015
LEAF Community's mission is to produce broad access to local foods. Limited income neighbors may be deterred from joining a typical CSA program, since most programs require the large lump sum payment in the early spring. The LEAF Community Payment Plan is offered to those individuals who wish to be part of a CSA, but need to make weekly payments. LEAF is offering the Payment Plan for Geauga Family Farms and Maggie's Farm in 2015.
Geauga Family Farms is a cooperative of farms in the Geauga County
Ohio area. Geauga Family Farms CSA program will be delivered on
Thursdays at LEAF Nights. Geauga Family Farms
will offer a 20 week season in 2014. Geauga Family Farms CSA will be offering small, medium, and large sized shares.
The small share provides a selection of fresh produce perfect for one person. This will have less variety than the two larger shares, but will still include a broad range throughout the season. The medium share provides enough produce for two to three people to have several servings throughout the week. The large share provides enough for four people to have several servings throughout the week with greater variety and a little more volume.
Visit www.geaugafamilyfarms.org for current seasonal information.
Pricing (1 market bag per week for 20 week season):
Half Share: $300 feeds one person produce (not as much variety as other sizes)
Single share: $450 feeds 2 to 3 people several servings of produce weekly
Family share: $750 feeds 4 or more several servings of produce weekly
Extras - add these to your share
1 loaf of wheat bread each week
for 20 weeks: $75
1 jar of jam each
week for 20 weeks (specify a flavor or variety): $75
1 pound of grass fed ground beef each week for 20 weeks: $140
Maggie's Farm is in the Stockyards neighborhood. The farm is a true community effort. By participating in the CSA, you are keeping your food dollars in the community, offering economic opportunity and growth. Value added products will also be available! While we can't guarantee that all produce is GMO free, we strive to search out seeds that are heirloom or non-GMO. We use sustainable practices where possible. All our food is grown in raised beds built using a combination of lasagna gardening, and a hugelkultur hybrid (permaculture). We create our own compost, use no pesticides or herbicides and repurpose many things that we have sourced like pallets for our fencing.
Pricing: Once size option
Regular Share (enough for 3-4 people per week): $750.00 per season for 24 weeks. Each share includes extras such as bread, jam, and cheese.
Download the registration form hereMore information about Maggie's Farm here
Cleveland Crops CSA 2015
This program was initiated by the New Agrarian Center in Oberlin, Ohio. The New Agrarian center is a non-profit who operates the City Fresh program. Their employees work with 16 local farmers to bring shares of produce to several locations in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. LEAF Community volunteers work with City Fresh employees to manage the Lakewood Fresh Stop.
How the program works:
Family (enough for approx 3-4 individuals)
Regular: $28 / week
Limited Income: $16 / week
Single (enough for approx 1-2 individuals)
Regular: $15 / week
Limited Income: $9 / week
To sign up download the brochure and mail in your registration to the address on the form.
Contact: Crystal, Missy or Annie for information about any of the community supported agriculture programs offered by LEAF at firstname.lastname@example.org
The LEAF Night Community Farmers' Market depends greatly on volunteers. We are always looking for more people to help out. Please let us know if you are able to help out.
It’s going to be another great year of LEAF!
About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
people first settled in Lakewood, they purchased their food from local
farmers. Farmers from the area brought their carts into Lakewood and
sold their meats, dairy products, and produce fresh from the farm.
People ate what was in season. They preserved food when it was plentiful
to save for other times in the year. Today, the global food industry
allows us to purchase foods from all over the world. Most consumers
don’t worry about what season or continent their foods grow. Much of our
food today is grown at least 1,500 miles away. While this provides for
an endless variety of culinary tastes we are discovering that food
produced closer to home provides numerous benefits.
CSA reduces the risk of foodborne illness. Remember the “Spinach Scare of 2006”? The reason this e.coli outbreak was so widespread is because 90% of the country’s spinach supply is processed in the same location in California. By getting your produce locally, you greatly reduce the risk of getting contaminated food. Rest assured, you won't find California spinach at our market!
Community Supported Agriculture is good for the environment for several reasons.
It's in a small farmer's best interest to sustainably care for their land. Global produce growers are increasingly dependent on harsh chemicals and pesticides, because they typically plant few types of crops (monoculture) and do not rely on traditional techniques such as companion planting or home remedies to help keep their crops healthy. The small Ohio farmers we work with feed their families with the same food we get on LEAF Community Farmers' Markets. They want what is best for their land, their families and their consumers. These farmers use very little pesticides, and whenever possible use organic pesticides. Many of the farms would qualify as an organic farm, however are too small to be certified organic.
One of our CSA offerings is a certified organic program, offered by the Geauga Family Farms cooperative. This is a unique way that a group of smaller farms can become certified organic, by bearing the logistical and infrastructure hurdles together.
Purchasing food from local farmers prevents urban sprawl. Urban
sprawl creates concrete wastelands in the cities, steals ecosystems from
animals and insects, and contributes to a growing problem with
stormwater runoff and flooding. By ensuring that our small farmers are
successful, they will be less likely to sell their land for development.