City Fresh is a uniquely accessible Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that seeks to address the limited access to fresh, local produce in our cities while providing more stable markets for local farmers. Our primary focus is to get as much healthy produce onto the kitchen tables of the most possible people regardless of income.
Our 600 weekly members pay at least one week in advance for either a Single Share ($15.00, or $9.00 for limited income) or a Family Share ($28.00, or $16.00 for limited income). We use the WIC Income Guidelines to determine eligibility for the limited income share option.
While we strongly encourage our members to pay for multiple weeks at a time, you may choose to pay on a week-to-week basis without additional fees.
Our 2013 Fresh Stop lineup will continue to grow as we approach the season. Currently, we are accepting orders for the following locations:
MidTown (Trinity Commons) 4:30-6:30 pm
Cleveland Heights (Coventry Library) 4:30-6:30 pm
East Cleveland (S. Tubbs Jones Medical Center) 4:30-6:30 pm
Tri-C Metro (Bldg TBD) 4:00-6:00 pm
Oberlin (Christ Episcopal Church) 4:00-6:00 pm
Lorain (LCCC - College Center) 3:00-5:00 pm
Berea (St. Thomas Church) 4:30-6:30 pm
Cleveland City Hall (Rotunda) 4:30-5:30 pm
Bedford Hts (Friends Mennonite Church) 5:00-6:30 pm
Old Brooklyn (Grace Church) 5:00-7:00 pm
Near West (Cleveland Public Library - Carnegie West) 4:30-6:30 pm
Lakewood (LEAF Night at Lakewood Library) 5:30-8:00 pm
Kamms (Westpark Massotherapy) 5:30-7:00 pm
How City Fresh Works
Once we have all of our orders for the week, we then work with a network of more than 20 small farmers within 70 miles to build the healthiest possible "share" of in-season fruits, grains, vegetables and some value-added products. Those new to the program should be aware that the first weeks of the season are limited in variety due to the seasonal nature of produce. By mid July, you wont believe how much you get for your dollars. And unlike a grocery store, where only 5 to 15 cents of your dollar goes to the farmer who grew your produce, 81 cents of your City Fresh dollar goes directly to our farmers. In 2012, more than $150,000 of produce was purchased by our shareholders, 112 volunteers made the Fresh Stops possible, and just two staff worked behind the scenes to bring City Fresh to Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Erie counties.
As a shareholder, you will select a pickup location at one of our neighborhood Fresh Stops. These Fresh Stops are managed by members of your community who dedicate 20 weeks of their summer each year to helping bridge the gap between social justice and local foods. Their efforts ensure that everyone has equal access to the healthiest food and they want and need your help to make these weekly pickups a fun, welcoming, community event.
The 2013 City Fresh season begins the week of June 11th and runs 20 weeks into October.
Orders can be placed by mailing a copy of the order form and a check or money order to our PO Box (c/o City Fresh, PO Box 357 Oberlin, OH 44074). Those with the Ohio Direction/SNAP/EBT card can place your order by phone or by mail using the order form.
Thank you so much for your interest in our work. We look forward to seeing all of you this coming summer!