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!
Options for residents with limited income
LEAF Community's mission is to provide broad access to local foods. We proudly accept the Ohio Direction card, and our market participates in a the "Produce Perks" program. This is a program of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy coalition, in which 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.
If you feel deterred from joining a typical CSA program, since most programs require the large lump sum payment in the early spring, we offer a CSA Payment Plan in which you can make weekly payments.
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:
Order City Fresh CSA shares for 2017, for pick up at the LEAF Farm Market on Thursday evenings starting in June. City Fresh hasn't raised prices in six years. It will enact a moderate increase on March 1.
Geauga Family Farms—Certified Organic CSA
Geauga Family Farms is a cooperative of farms in the Geauga County Ohio area. Its CSA program will be delivered on Thursdays at LEAF Community Farm Markets. Geauga Family Farms CSA will be offering small, medium, and large sized shares, for a 20-week season. Visit www.geaugafamilyfarms.org for current seasonal information.
Cleveland Crops CSACleveland Crops grows its produce in greater Cleveland, using sustainable and integrated pest management practices. Its produce is grown by individuals with developmental disabilities. Cleveland Crops' mission is to provide employment, training, career growth, and support for people with developmental disabilities. It is a program of SAW, Inc. and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Full payment is due on or before May 22, 2017. Payments are non-refundable.
Early bird subscribers who respond by April 3, 2017 are eligible for a $40 discount. Application available here.
For information about any of the community supported agriculture programs offered by LEAF, contact LEAF at email@example.com.
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.
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.