Our farm grows organic fruits and vegetables year round. The Happy Box CSA Program delivers shares of the harvest to members in the Greater Dayton area from the first week of March to the middle of December.
Quality food requires love from the growers in their work. It also requires community support. We believe in a direct relationship between producers and consumers that fosters mutual respect, appreciation, and knowledge about farming.
As beeing certified organic and member of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association , since 2006 we believe in sustainable growing methods that support the environment and add nutrition to our food.
We never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. We have our own compost operation to keep our crops strong and healthy. While making the compost from local raw materials- horse manure, wood chips and leafs, we also add seaweeds- kelp and small amounts of natural sea-salt to ensure presence of trace-minerals and micronutrients that are naturaly ocuring in the ocean water. Spreading this compost not only provide nutrients for the plants, but also feeds earhworms and all kinds of smaller organisms, that aerate the soil and help the plants to grow better. Compost in the soil holds moisture and prevents compaction, making hoeing and other ground work much easier. Thanks to the compost our homegrown produce is so tasty and rich in vitamins and minerals compared to regular conventional produce found in the grocery stores.
Our organic fields are holistic systems that support many different plant-eating and predatory insects that coexist together. From the very begining we have never sprayed any pesticides including the ones that are aproved for organic operations. We believe in nature and natural balance. Although we selectively hand-harvest all of our organic produce and we wash off most of the dirt from all rooth crops, we do not have specialized washing facilities. Insects have been known to hitch a ride in the Happy Boxes, also some soil may be left on the leafs especialy on a rainy day. So please wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly before eating! You can also find veggie wash in most grocery and health food stores.
Respect the Earth
The average American meal travels 3,000 miles. We believe in decreasing the distance our food travels from farm to fork. The Happy Box has been a pioneer in organic production in the Miami Valley, and we work hard to keep expanding local access to healthy food.
We also use reusable containers rather than disposable packaging. All of our produce is picked, packed, and delivered the same day, so these containers ensure freshness without creating a lot of waste. Please help us keep the environment clean by returning your containers clean every week.
We believe that healthy food should be easy, accessible, and affordable for all. That's why we deliver to your doorstep, and do our best to keep prices low. Our Happy Box is a great value compared to buying organic at the grocery, not to mention that we keep those dollars in the community. You can help us make the Happy Box even more accessible by encouraging your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to sign up, too!
We also buy certified organic produce to supplement our local harvest, especially in the spring and fall when it is too cold in Ohio. We believe that every week your box should be worth the money you pay and if we don't have enough produce redy for harvest, we buy more from the wholesaller. Everyone's needs are different and we try to give options, providing 8 different services. If you are into local seasonal eating, please choose Locavore services and we will be giving you only homegrown produce.
Our Growing Calendar
March, April, May, we offer indoor and outdoor-grown lettuces, leafy greens ( spinach, kale, collard greens, endive, chard), herbs (green onion, green garlic, parsley, chives, cilantro), root vegetables- (radishes, beets, sunchokes), kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, rhubarb
June-September, we ofer outdoor-grown strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, zucchinis, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, green beans, sweet corn, peppers, potatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, pumpkins, bulb onion and bulb garlic
October, November, December we have pumpkins and winter squash and very much all of the produce that we have in the Spring grown outdoor and in our greenhouses and high- tunnels: lettuces, leafy greens ( spinach, kale, collard greens, endive, chard), herbs (green onion, parsley, chives, cilantro), root vegetables- (radishes, beets, sunchokes, turnips, rutabagas, carots), kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage
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