Reviews for: Crown Point Ecology Center
Great new leadership
By: (Apr 26, 2017)
So thankful this historic farm is under such strong new leadership after a rough year of transition in 2016. The staff is excellent and very committed to sustainable, organic agriculture as well as sharing 25% of food with the local food bank. The new Executive Director is an experienced farmer and biologist who is really following through on their mission to be an educational community bringing together spirituality, ecology and social justice. Can't wait for my 2017 CSA share!
Great too worst. What happened?
By: (Jul 4, 2015)
Last year in 2014, I would have given 5 STARS. Best farm experience ever.
This year in 2015, FAILED. Was given a small amount of organic produce, some of which was starting to mold. Was told there is no pick your own. My family will need to find a new place. Very disappointed in the changes.
By: Jennifer May (Mar 18, 2013)
We have been CSA shareholders at Crown Point since 2009 (and were on the waiting list for 2 years before). This is a large, well organized operation, and 25% of the harvest is donated to the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank (a bonus).
The shares include a wide variety of vegetables, from late spring lettuce, peas and green garlic, to summer's multiple varieties of tomatoes, squash, herbs, okra, eggplant, to fall harvest onions, winter squash, potatoes and root vegetables. Many, many heirloom varieties that I can't get at the grocery, or even the farmer's market (sweet potato leaves!!).
The full share is plenty for our family of four, and with pick your own and gleaning of the vines, we put away tomatoes, green beans and greens throughout the summer to last us well into winter. We also get the winter share which is the mainstay of our winter feast celebrations (Thanksgiving and Christmas).
Crown Point partners with other farms to provide supplemental shares for example, in eggs, cheese, mushrooms, and even fresh cut flowers.
The scheduled work days are well run by the staff, and time well spent to help out the farm. Weekly newsletters provide details of what to expect in your share that week, as well as what NOT to expect (with great insight into the weather and seasonal variations that make certain crops wither and others flourish greatly), recipes, and insight into running the farm, which brings me even closer to my food.
The property is beautiful to explore, including a natural labyrinth. We also appreciate that supporting this farm supports the food bank, and food education programming for children.
By: (Aug 26, 2011)
I am a first year shareholder at Crown Point , the largest CSA in the area. It is 15-years old, one of the oldest in Northeast Ohio. In spite of the awful planting weather this spring (50% more rain than usual), our shares have been amazing.
Pick up this week (late August) included a refrigerated tub with corn, onions, garlic, basil, lettuce, chard, several kinds of peppers, turnips, and carrots; non-refrigerated items to weigh oneself (squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, and edename), and items like string beans and cherry tomatoes, to pick on your own in the field.
I also like the excellent weekly updates that our farmer emails us before pick up, sharing some of the growing conditions and tidbits about each item in the share that week. (For ex, that 40 varieties of tomatoes have been planted.)
This farm feeds about 200 families, and also grows several tons of organic produce for our regional food bank.