Sunsprout Farms

Located in Columbus, Ohio, is the heart of the Sauer family business, Sunsprout Farms. Since its inception in August of 1982, Sunsprout Farms has strived to grow the freshest sprouts to ever grace a kitchen counter.

Sunsprout Farms is proud to use only the highest quality seeds on the market. These seeds soak in nutrient rich water, using a unique hydroponic format. Once the seeds have germinated and developed, the sprouts are then prepped and packaged for delivery. This method allows the Sauer family to directly manage all the factors involved in the development of the sprout, and ensures the top-notch quality of the product.

Hermann’s Pickles

Garrettsville- Dill’s grassy tang perfumes the factory air where Larry and Karl Hermann make pickles five days a week. This is where the brothers still speak the language of kosher, half-sour and sweet horseradish styles. Their lives – and more – have been steeped in vinegar, spices and brine.

“The pickle smell is still in your shoes when you put them on in the morning,” says Karl. It’s been 38 years since the Hermann family, descendants of Hungarian Jewish immigrants, started making dill pickles on Ohio 88 in Garrettsville, a northern Portage County community. Their dad, Don, was in the live chicken business until 1967, when a contagious disease swept in, infected his coops and killed off his broods.

Listening, finally, to encouraging friends and family, Don took his personal recipe for less-sour homemade refrigerator pickles and started selling it to the public. It was a crunchingly good decision. Today, the Hermann’s have strong sales in Ohio and contiguous states.

Weaver Brothers Eggs

Providing the goodness of eggs to the world since 1929.

Established in 1929, Weaver Brothers, Inc. is a third-generation family farm still owned and managed by the founding family with the fourth generation of the family now working in Versailles, Ohio. The company is fully integrated, featuring grain production, a feed mill, and egg production and processing.

The company has been an integral part of the community for many years and takes the role of community leader seriously, as demonstrated by the farm’s tendency to consistently go above and beyond legal and regulatory environmental requirements.

In Weaver Brothers 85+ years of business, the farm’s 350 employees have worked tirelessly to ensure that the farms are leaders in the industry. Because of this continued commitment to diligent stewardship of the environment, and as good neighbors in the community, Weaver Brothers has been recognized numerous times with state and national awards.

Green City Growers

Launched in 2008 by a working group of Cleveland-based institutions (including the Cleveland Foundation, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, and the municipal government), the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is working to create living-wage jobs in six low-income neighborhoods, with a median household income below $18,500, in an area known as Greater University Circle.

The initiative was designed to create an economic breakthrough in Cleveland. Rather than a trickle-down strategy, it focuses on economic inclusion and building a local economy from the ground up. Rather than offering public subsidy to induce corporations to bring what are often low-wage jobs into the city, the Evergreen strategy calls for catalyzing new businesses, owned by their employees. The Evergreen Initiative first creates the jobs, and then recruits and trains local residents to fill them.

Green City Growers, one part of this initiative, produces tasty, nutrient-rich, pesticide-free produce year-round. Capitalizing on a custom built, state-of-the art greenhouse, they produce millions of heads of lettuce and specialty greens and hundreds of thousands of pounds of herbs and micro-greens every year. They are proud to be ranked as the largest food-production greenhouse in a core urban area in the United States.

Their mission is to transform lives and local neighborhoods by creating green jobs and building financial assets for residents of underserved neighborhoods. The employees are also part owners, sharing in the profits of this cooperative venture. That means they have every motivation to provide our customers with excellent service.

New Century CSA

Growing up on the family farm in Circleville, Ohio, Tim developed an early love for farming and the land. From a very young age, it became his goal in life to be a career farmer like his father, and grandfather before him.

In 2004,  Tim was given the idea to start a CSA in the south central Ohio region. Within a few short weeks, New Century was born. There have been many changes made over the years that has helped New Century stay on the cutting edge. The Cook family is passionate about the farming way of life. Tim, his wife Christy, and their 5 children are committed to providing the members of the CSA with the very best in produce and customer service.

Bauman Orchards

Ben Bauman started Bauman Orchards in 1929. In 1942, 50 acres were planted with apple trees. In 1961, Ben Bauman’s son, Marion, purchased the business. Various plantings of dwarf and semi-dwarf trees were made over the years expanding to peaches, plums, and sweet corn.

A partnership was forming with son Doug coming into the business in 1987 as sales manager, joined by his brother, Bill, in 1990 as orchard manager. Their added experience and enthusiasm for the family business brought growth and increased expansion of the orchard.

Currently, the total acreage in Rittman is 265 acres. They have increased their apples trees to 40,000 spanning 25 different varieties, while peach trees number 8,000, with at least 15 varieties including white peaches and Bauman’s most popular, Red Haven.

Holthouse Farms

In 1870, Jan Holthuis was born in the Netherlands; 19 years later he would leave his homeland  and eventually settle in a tiny village about 50 miles south of Sandusky, Ohio, called Celeryville. He and his two sons, Rudy and Jacob, established what would become Holthouse Farms in 1903.

Jan later settled in the nearby town of Tiffin, leaving the farming to his sons. They continued to work and grow the business, and later shared it with their sons. Rudy’s boys Jordon, Stanton and Mark and Jacob’s son Wayne all worked together for several years.

When Rudy and Jacob retired the business split up. Wayne started his own farm, while Rudy’s boys stayed together to carry on the name of Holthouse farms.

Witten Farm

Ralph and Frances Witten bought this farmland in 1958.  Ralph chose this land because the soil type is ideal for good vegetables. Jerry, their eldest son,  expanded the farm into more wholesale in 1970, increasing the acreage of sweet corn, cantaloupes, and field corn.

Jerry and his wife Bonnie have 5 children.  Bonnie, a Registered Nurse, is still the bookkeeper for the Witten Farm.

Three of their five children work on the farm today. Julie started the greenhouse flower business with a small greenhouse to develop retail specialty containers and hanging baskets.  Today, Witten grows 40,000 square feet of bedding plants. Tom manages the vegetable production, while Scott manages packing, trucking and the wholesale operation.

Currently, the family is farming 290 acres of fruits and vegetables: 250 acres of hand picked sweet corn, 20 acres of cantaloupes, 5 acres of tomatoes, 5 acres of miscellaneous such as cucumbers and squash, and 10 acres of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.  They also have 800 acres of field corn and soybeans, and finish 120 Black Angus steers for locally-sold freezer beef.

Arps Dairy

Dairy With Integrity is a process which spans the product lifecycle, starting at the farm and ending at the table. Arps Dairy’s family farmers have pledged to be antibiotic free, to use no artificial hormones (including rBST), and to participate in the F.A.R.M. program which sets the standards for animal care. Arps Dairy believes that a clean, comfortable and safe environment in which cows feel secure enhances the health and well-being of the animals, and that is what these family farmers provide.

All of Arps Dairy milk comes from an Arps Dairy family farm located within 30 miles of the creamery.  The family farmers, many of which are multi-generational family farmers, are dedicated to upholding the highest standards in animal care, dairy quality and sustainability. Sourcing from local family producers is a strategic decision Arps Dairy made by the company’s founder, George Arps, in 1936. It is a practice that Arps continues to this day because it encourages sustainable agriculture, facilitates traceability, contributes to improving their own carbon footprint, and benefits the local economy by supporting local farmers and other producers.

Shagbark

Since 2010, Shagbark Seed & Mill has been providing Ohio’s cooks with Ohio-grown, Certified Organic dry beans and freshly milled grains.

Shagbark’s milling and seed-cleaning hub is Certified Organic, which means they are third-party Certified by OEFFA, to protect the quality of Certified Organically Grown crops. Farming under Organic Certification means active crop rotations, no petro-chemicals, no GMO seeds, and agricultural practices that build soil, support healthy ecosystems, and protect water. Shagbark also offers rock-bottom pricing to school and community food access programs and sponsors community festivals, camps, activists, and art in their community.

Onion Boy

Located in Shelby, Ohio, and built on a foundation of three generations of onion growers, Onion Boy has become a premiere provider of onions in the Midwest.

Randles Cheese

Randles Cheese is a family-owned and operated food distributor in Millersburg, Ohio with over 25 years experience in the cheese and meat business.