Meet our farmers
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL CSA PAYMENTS TO THE FARMS.
Mail all payments to:
Geauga Family Farms
c/o Noah Yutzy
17050 Nash Road
Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Parkman Produce – Noah Yutzy, Owner
17050 Nash Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
No Sunday sales
Noah Yutzy farms 35 acres in Parkman Township with his wife Kathy and their nine children, who range in age from 2 to 15. The 88-acre farm also includes five acres of maple trees and more than 30 acres of pasture and woods. Noah’s father bought the farm in 1988 and ran it as a dairy farm until 1993.
The large Yutzy family shares their land with a menagerie of animals in addition to horses, including goats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, a miniature donkey and a barnyard full of cats. The goats are used for dairy.
When he isn’t farming or sugaring, Noah is a carpenter, working with his dad in the off-months framing homes, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens, and roofing.
Hershberger Organic – Marvin Hershberger, Owner
15549 Patch Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
No Sunday sales
Additional products available at farm include free-range eggs, honey, jam, produce (in season)
Marvin Hershberger was born and raised on his 22-acre farm in Middlefield. On 11 of those acres, he specializes in growing peppers and heirloom tomatoes, including Brandywines and Green Zebras, as well as several varieties of cherry tomatoes.
The rolling hills and fields are planted in all sorts of vegetables, and greenhouses dot the property. The remaining acreage is taken up by pastures for his four horses. Chickens and beef cattle also roam the land.
The farm belonged to his dad before him, and was once part of his grandfather’s 100-acre farm. It has changed from his dad’s day, when hay was the main crop, and from his grandfather’s day as well, when it was a dairy farm.
Marvin lives and works on the farm alongside his wife, Iva Mae, and their 11 kids. Marvin has been growing produce since 2005. He works construction during the winter.
D & S Farm and Garden – Daniel Fisher and sons
4738 Gates East Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Farm sale hours: 9 a.m. – dark; No Sunday sales
Additional products available at the farm include a wide variety of produce, as well as turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese and eggs. Bread may be available on Fridays and Saturdays.
D & S Farm and Garden in Mesopotamia is run by Daniel Fisher and sons. In addition to vegetable farming, the Fisher family runs a farm and garden supply store. The store supplies minerals and supplements for farmers’ fields, as well as for farmers’ families – D&S stocks the Water Divine line of supplements. Daniel Fisher speaks on nutrient-dense gardening around the country.
Byler’s Back Forty – Thomas C. Byler, Owner
8173 Cox Road, Windsor, Ohio 44099
No roadside stand
Red Sled Farm – Abner McDaniel, Owner
No roadside stand
Abner McDaniel, a backyard gardener all his life, began farming six acres on the 60-acre farm he has owned since the early 1970s.
Now in his fifth year as a full-time farmer, Abner has started pac choy (miniature bok choy, a Chinese cabbage), spinach, radishes and more in his greenhouse on his Middlefield farm not far from the GFF warehouse.
In addition to what he terms “normal” field crops, Abner, a former Century Home rehabber, also grows sweet corn and tomatoes, spaghetti squash, asparagus and blackberries. He planted about 110 blackberry plants two years ago as well as a very large patch of asparagus – 2,000 plants. The asparagus grows like crazy in the spring, up to six inches overnight. Abner always has lots of nice crisp carrots and parsnips in the fall.