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. They also take seed safety seriously. Sprouts are naturally packed with essential vitamins that are beneficial to cell metabolism, the nervous system, and vision. Referred to as powerhouses of nutrition, alfalfa and mung bean sprouts have nutritious value of amino acids, vitamins A, C, and phytoestrogens that prevent cancer and heart disease.

Both alfalfa and mung bean sprouts provide a combination of great health benefits and broccoli sprouts are no exception. Broccoli sprouts have been known to contain 20 to 50 times the amount of sulforaphane, a cancer fighting compound, compared to the compounds found in heads of broccoli.

Sprouts are perfect additions for any meal, they pair nicely with handcrafted sandwiches, salads, soups, and in any stir fry.

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, including high-profile, deli-related restaurants such as Yours Truly, Winking Lizard and Corky & Lenny’s.

They also make custom-label pickles for accounts they aren’t allowed to name but are widely distributed in supermarkets, alongside their own brand.

Six years ago, they extended their reach across the country under an agreement with Nathan’s Famous, a New York hot dog restaurant chain known as a surviving food icon of a Coney Island amusement park.

The hot dog company is on a roll, buying fast-food chains, opening more than 150 of its own restaurants and selling Nathan’s products to more than 2,000 existing restaurants. It is contracting with companies such as Hermann’s to make Nathan’s Famous products – from pickles to hot dogs to mustard to “krinkle-cut” fries.

Consequently, the Hermann’s version of Nathan’s pickles is being sold in more than 6,000 supermarkets in the country.

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 more than 85 years of business, the farm’s 350 employees have worked tirelessly to ensure that our farms are leaders among the egg farming community. Because of this continued commitment to being diligent stewards of the environment and good neighbors in the community, Weaver Brothers has been recognized numerous times with state and national awards.

Weaver Brothers’ leadership team has a combined industry experience of over 250 years. The depth and breadth of knowledge their team has to offer, adds immense value to their supply chain and customers. Collectively, they have a group of seasoned professionals combined with up and coming talent that makes for a well-rounded team.

Green City Growers

Quality Local Produce from the Neighborhood

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. Rather than concentrate on workforce training for employment opportunities that are largely unavailable to low-skill and low-income workers, 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 our custom built, state-of-the art greenhouse, we produce millions of heads of lettuce and specialty greens and hundreds of thousands of pounds of herbs and micro-greens every year. We’re proud to be ranked as the largest food-production greenhouse in a core urban area in the United States.

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

New Century CSA

Introducing… Tim Cook from 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 1999 Tim rented his first farm and began making those dreams into reality. Reality though turned out to be just as harsh for Tim as it was for many small farmers in America. Vegetable crops required a massive effort to grow and harvest, and there simply was not a viable produce market locally.

In 2004, however, things started to change. 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. Since their beginning New Century has grown into being a trusted producer and supplier of fresh produce to members all over central Ohio.

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 and that is what drives them each day.