YSU community participates in Farm to YOU

Farm to YOUAnyone looking to feast on fresh fruit and vegetables and to support local farmers this summer need look no further than Farm to YOU.

Farm to YOU, a community supported agriculture market run by Grow Youngstown, offers local residents the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally-produced foods for the summer. The market begins Tuesday, June 3 for the Season Extender (26-weeks) or the year-round market (34 weeks) and Tuesday, June 17 for the regular Summer (18 week) season.

Each week, family and single-sized shares of seasonal fruit and vegetables are brought from farms within a 30-mile radius of Youngstown and Warren to five community pick-up locations every Tuesday afternoon. The pick-up locations are: the Davis Family YMCA on McClurg Road in Boardman, the Austintown Public Library, the Poland Public Library and the Farmer’s Market on the square in downtown in Warren. Or the shares can be delivered to your door for an additional fee.

Additional foods, such as locally raised grass-fed meats, honey, cheese, butter, and eggs, and Hartzler’s Dairy milk are also available.

Many YSU faculty, staff and students participate in Farm to YOU and help to promote Grow Youngstown’s programs. The Grow Youngstown Student Organization brings shares to YSU students for distribution at the entrance to DeBartolo Hall.

“Farm to YOU keeps food dollars local and contributes to the community’s economy by buying from urban and rural farmers in the tri-county area,” said Kendra Fowler, Youngstown State University marketing professor and a member of Grow Youngtown’s Board of Directors.

Gary Walker, chair of Biology and a Grow Youngstown board member, said that the CSA model helps to support local farmers by purchasing foods with “subscription dollars” from CSA members. “The benefit to over 150 area Farm to YOU families and members is the assurance of locally-grown fruits and largely organic vegetables brought to them every week”, says Sam Anderson a student of the Williamson College of Business. Grow Youngstown’s Farm to YOU market also supports subsidized shares making fresh, healthy food available to low-income households.

To become a Farm to YOU member and receive weekly shares of fresh locally-produced foods, visit www.growyoungstown.org or call 330-286-0688. Sponsors for low-income family shares are also needed. The cost for a family share for the 18-week program is $496, while a single share is $275.

Grow Youngstown, now in its seventh year, is part of the rapidly growing national movement towards locally produced foods and healthy farming practices.