Fresh Fork Market is Farm Buying Club -- we provide our members with a weekly subscription service to fresh and local foods. We run all year round, with a Summer and a Winter season, and our job is to connect you to Ohio's bounty, including just-picked-this-morning produce, meat, eggs, dairy, breads, canned goods, pastries, granolas and more. Every week, our members meet one of our refrigerated trucks in their community and pick up their grocery grab-bag filled with local food. All of this comes from 100+ local, small family farms and producers within 75 miles of Cleveland.
Our mission is to promote buying local, support local family farms, and increase the health and vitality of our subscribers by bringing them fresh, locally sourced ingredients that are both nutrient dense and delicious.
Our Summer Share runs from the beginning of June through the end of October. Every week for 22 weeks in a row, you’ll get your share bag filled with fresh and local food, including produce, grains, dairy, and other locally-produced items. We pack up all the shares in our refrigerated box trucks and make the deliveries in almost 2 dozen neighborhoods all over the Greater Cleveland area. Each week you’ll get a newsletter listing the upcoming week’s bag contents, special events, product promotions and custom recipes tailored to your bag.
The Winter Share runs from the beginning of November through the first week of May. The shares are delivered every other week, and we make a dozen stops all over town. Shares include dairy, meats, cheeses, grains, preserved foods and flash-frozen produce put up in summer. We offer both an Omnivore & a Vegetarian Share in the winter. Each share week you’ll also get an emailed newsletter with the bag contents, upcoming special events and promotions, as well as customized recipes to help you prepare your share.
The Finest Local Ingredients
The contents of your bag vary from week to week, based on what items are available locally. Over the course of the season, our subscribers will enjoy more than 300 different products, all grown and made by 100 farmers and producers within 75 miles of Cleveland. Click here to browse through our past newsletters and see some of our shares. For a sample of what types of items come in each week’s bag, see the diagram below.
You choose which type of bag you’d like to sign up for: omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan. You can sign up for a small or large share, or new for the Summer Share 2018 is the Mini Share. Here are some examples of what you would get in a typical summer bag:
Small Omnivore Example
Large Omnivore Example
It’s kind of hard to believe, but because we work so closely with our 100+ farmers, we’re able to provide each weekly share of food for about $27 per week. The larger shares are about $43 per week. We have an even better rate through our Early Bird Promotion, which runs each year between January 1st-March 1st. As a farm buying club, we ask that members consider paying for their seasonal share upfront, to help ensure our farmers will have the resources they need for the season. However, we have monthly plans as well. View all the details, plans, and pricing options here.
Beyond the Stage
Beyond the shares, we strive to cultivate a community based around food and a connection to our area. We sponsor events like Farm Tours and Cooking Classes, to introduce our members to the rich farmland that surrounds our city, and to inspire healthy ways to prepare food at home. We send out a weekly newsletter filled with details about the growing season, our farmers and their lives, and recipes to try. We also throw great potlucks and parties– inviting everyone in our membership to get together with a pot of something to share, their kids and families, and to meet like-minded people who care about food and the people who grow it.