Grow Youngstown’s Local Food Program Kicks Off

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A local food program once again will offer local produce.

Grow Youngstown’s community supported agriculture farm program began Tuesday at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks. Fresh fruits and vegetables are locally grown, keeping food dollars in the area and contributing to the community’s economy by buying from urban and rural farmers.

One hundred members have signed up for the season so far, and Grow Youngstown is looking to expand to 200.

Organizers said the prices are comparable to grocery stores.

“The idea with this program is that people would pay in advance for a season’s worth of produce from local farmers to help support local farming industry. By doing so, you get a whole season’s worth of the freshest vegetables. Whatever’s freshest that week will be available in your share,” said Howard Markert, Grow Youngstown site manager.

Each week, family and single-sized shares of seasonal fruits and vegetables are brought from farms within a 30-mile radius of Youngstown and Warren to five community pick-up locations every Tuesday afternoon, including the Davis Family YMCA on McClurg Road in Boardman, Fellows Riverside Gardens, the East Side Public Library, the Poland Public Library and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership on Courthouse Square in downtown Warren.

For more information on Grow Youngstown, click here.

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