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 a threshold of 200% of the federal poverty level to determine eligibility, but do not require proof of income to qualify.
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.
If you are interested in volunteering at one of our Fresh Stops, or would like to inquire about starting a new Fresh Stop in your community or workplace, please let us know. Email annakiss at cityfresh.org.
Our stops are as follows (map):
Fairhill (Fairhill Partners) 4:00-6:00 pm
Thea Bowman Center 4:00-6:00 pm
Cleveland Heights (Coventry Library) 5:00-7:00 pm
Euclid (Euclid Public Library, E. 222nd St.) 5:30-7:00 pm
Lorain (LCCC - College Center lunch area) 3:30-5:30 pm
Elyria Community Center (Elyria Boys & Girls Club) 4:00-6:00 pm
Berea (St. Thomas Church) 4:00-6:00 pm
Oberlin (Oberlin Community Services) 5:00-7:00 pm
Bedford Hts (Friendship Mennonite Church) 5-6 pm (June 24th-Aug. 12th only)
Kamms (West Park Massotherapy) 5:30-7:00 pm
Clark-Metro (Metro Hospital) 4:00-6:00 pm
Cleveland City Hall (Willard Park Free Stamp/Rotunda for rain) 4:30-5:30 pm
Ohio City (Carnegie West Library) 4:30-6:30 pm
Old Brooklyn (Grace Church) 5:00-7:00 pm
Lakewood LEAF Night (Lakewood Library) 5:30-8:00 pm
Times and locations subject to change.
Our Fresh Stops are operated by volunteers who began their experience as shareholders. Please consider joining up and having a summer of fun as part of the City Fresh crew.
How City Fresh Works
Once we have all of our orders for the week, we source the produce from 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 won't believe how much you get for your dollar. We are consistently 20-40% cheaper than the grocery stores, even at the full price share.
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 2014, more than $150,000 of produce was purchased by our shareholders, 112 volunteers made the Fresh Stops possible, and just two full time and three part-time staff worked behind the scenes to bring City Fresh to life.
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 2015 City Fresh season begins the week of June 9th 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.
You may also pay by Credit or Debit Card over the phone. Call our Program Director, Anna Kiss Mauser-Martinez at 216.469.0904. We ask that you order at least 5 weeks at a time if using this option.
If for any reason you will not be able to pick up your share for the given date and you can tell us by the Friday before your pickup date, we can forward your payment to a future week. If you forget to pick up your food, or cannot let us know of your conflict before the prior Friday at 5:00 pm, we will donate your share to a family in need.
Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing all of you this coming summer!