About Rootstown Organic Farm
Certification and living up to the Organic Standards was a big part of the farms' story until the last year or so. The regulations have become so convoluted and difficult to comply with that at this time Rootstown Organic Farm chooses not to certify.
But, that doesn't mean that Rootstown Organic Farm has changed any of their practices. The food is the same and Bill Pennell's commitment to growing clean delicious food remains the same. Really, the farm hasn't changed at all. The same seasonal tasks and daily rituals that go along with great farming are still in place.
CSA Community Supported Agriculture
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief:
Advantages for farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
Haymaker Farmers' Market
This is the market that Rootstown Organic Farm participates in year round. This is vibrant and growing market filled with THE most fabulous food possible and a wonderful sense of community. Plan to visit this market soon.
Locally grown produce, plants, art, music, community and more.
We are a growers/producers only market with 50 (ish) vendors offering an array of local produce, cheese, meat, eggs, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, plants, soap, jellies & jams, prepared foods, art and more. Free live local music every Saturday from 10-12. Market runs from last Saturday in May - last Saturday in October rain or shine.
Outdoor Summer Market Saturdays 10-1 May - October Location : Corner of Summit St and Franklin Ave, Kent, OH General information:
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