Riehm Produce Farm's Veggie box sign up is now open!
John Riehm, Diane Riehm, and son Phil currently run the farm and roadside stand. Throughout the year, Riehm’s Roadside Stand sells a selection of fruits, vegetables, frozen beef and pork cuts, along with other local vendors’ goods. It is open to the public June 1 through October 31.
Their main revenue at this point are the farm share boxes, they said. The number of farm shares nearly doubled from winter to summer.
The CSA—or Community Supported Agriculture—allows participants to choose a farm share, or produce every week. Then, participants can choose a pick up location anywhere from Sylvania to Tiffin or Riehm Farm, and many stops in between, as Riehm's are in a different town six days a week.
Participants can also change their order locations, change the delivery date, or put their boxes on a vacation hold if going out of town.
Weekly veggie boxes come in two sizes—a mini shared for $11.25 and a full sized share for $19.95.
Both sizes can be customized via the software, and adjustments can be made week to week. Extra options can also be added, including local fruit, beef, farm fresh brown eggs, artisan breads, hand-roasted single origin coffees, and chicken shares.
These add-on boxes sell out early because people need to buy a veggie box first, Diane said.
The summer season runs 20 weeks, starting in early June through mid-October.
All vegetables are grown using organic practices, and membership includes access to weekly recipes and tips. A payment plan is also an option.
In the upcoming months, Riehm’s will be harvesting carrots, onions, lettuce, beets, sweet potatoes, spinach, asparagus, and much more.
“People are more cognizant of what they eat as they cook more at home,” said Diane.
The summer weekly veggie boxes are now open to the public. Existing customers can refer a friend and receive $25 credit for both you and your friend. One time farm shares are also available throughout the year. Check the website for options and dates.
In addition to the farm boxes, Riehm Produce Farm attends the local farmers’ markets and organizes the annual Barnyard Fun event, which last year, included an Ohio State University corn maze theme. This past year, they introduced new events and activities such as steer roping, a giant slide, and wagon ball, where visitors can play a fun, fall take on basketball.
Riehm’s also partners with other farms and businesses, such as Clay Hill, Bella Cuisine, Turkey Foot Creamery and Bailiwicks Coffee Company.
“We learned a few years ago that we need to reach outside of the county and bring more farmers together,” Diane said.
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