Guide guides people to healthful foods

This Week Clintonville
June 22, 2011

A publication of the Clintonville-based Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association can help in bringing fresh garden vegetables, off-the vine berries and orchard harvests to any kitchen.

Titled “The Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms, Gardens and Related Businesses,” the publication includes information on more than 315 farms and businesses that sell directly to the public, including more than 150 certified organic farms and businesses and more than 70 community supported agriculture programs.

The directory identifies sources for locally grown vegetables; fruits; herbs; honey; maple syrup; dairy products; grass-fed beef, pork and lamb; free-range chicken and eggs; fiber; flour and grains; cut flowers; plants; hay and straw; seed and feed; and other local farm products.

“Since we started publishing ‘The Good Earth Guide’ in 1990, it’s grown from a list of a dozen or so farms to more than 315, reflecting the tremendous growth in demand for locally sourced and sustainably produced foods,” association program director Renee Hunt said in a statement.

“You can find just about anything you’d want being grown or produced right here in Ohio,” she added. “By offering this guide, we hope to help Ohioans make the connections they need to find quality local foods, and to help ensure the future of a vibrant and sustainable food system,” said Hunt.

Each farm listing includes name and contact information, products sold, a farm description and whether the farm is certified organic. Both the print and online versions include tools that make it easy to search the listings for a specific product, farm, or farmer, by county or by sales method.

Additionally, the online version includes locations and maps for where the farm’s products are sold.

“‘The Good Earth Guide’ helps provide a blueprint for consumers interested in eating locally and in-season,” according to Hunt. “Eating locally allows consumers to get to know who raises the food they eat, and to find out how it was produced. It keeps produce from traveling far distances, allowing it to be picked and sold ripe and full of flavor and nutrition. Buying locally and directly from the farmer also helps keep our food dollars in the local economy, which in turn helps our rural communities.”

“The Good Earth Guide” is available free to the public in an online searchable database found here.

Print copies are distributed free to OEFFA members and are available to non-members for $7.50 each at OEFFA’s online store.

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