Our farm is a labor of love. Located in Hinckley, the farm was officially purchased in 2015 from our late Grandfather, Duane Root, to keep it in the family. We had already been farming it previous to his passing and we wanted to take comfort in knowing we were going to expand it in the future and try and restore it's historical value and ecological practices. Family Roots Farm is nationally classified as an "Organic Plus" farm. We use Vedic and Biodynamic farming methods and skillfully use permaculture-design and agroforestry to create an optimal landscape for a farm operation that is completely sustainable, nurturing, and all-natural.
In addition to our beloved-garlic we grow heirloom produce for our non-gmo/organic products include: jellies, pies, kosher dill pickles, pickled green beans, garlic, scapes, garlic butter, hot cauliflower, several salsa varieties, and our newest recipe-bread and butter pickles. In the Fall we produce apple sauce and cider from our apple and pear orchard, as well as honey, pumpkins and corn.
We only grow heirloom crop varieties that would have been found on our farm when it originated over 135 years ago- to keep with the historic-nature of the property. We are members of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Organic Trade Association, The Biodynamic Association, The Garlic Seed Foundation, International Permaculture Association and are also Certified Naturally Grown. Our farm is certified organic by OEFFA. Our land has been placed into a conservation easement with The Western Reserve Land Conservancy to ensure our land is forever preserved in agriculture.
For 2019 the garlic we have planted includes the Hardneck varieties: Romanian Red, Music, Shvelisi/Turkish, German White, Killarny Red, Purple Glazer, Bogatyr, Roots Buckeye Red, Georgian Crystal and Georgian Fire and the Softneck varieties: Lorz Italian, Nootka Rose, Inchelium Red, S&H, Italian Purple and Silver White. We will also sell the ramps and garlic scapes that we cut off of the hardneck varieties in the Spring. These are a special order due to the short harvesting window. We will be taking pre-orders for our garlic in bulk for seed or culinary needs as well as the bulb starting in February for Summer harvest. Silverskin and Nootka Rose garlic braids will be available upon request starting in October. All garlic varieties ship in the Early Fall. Ordering page is under "Web Store" of your convenience. All Garlic is SEED QUALITY and is most-used for culinary purposes for the discerning pallet. We have perfected our very-own BLACK Garlic and Smoked Garlic that will be available year-round. We smoke in hickory, applewood and mesquite. Please contact us to order those varieties as we make only in small batches for the best flavor.
We have a trademarked hybrid hardneck rocambole garlic (which are known for their complex favor) that is a new wild crop found only in one area of the Pacific Northwest for an estimated century or so. We were fortunate enough to get some seed to start from the farmer that discovered it growing wild in his home town. He has been perfecting it for nearly a decade. We have chosen to name it "Roots Buckeye Red"....it's one of the most robust earthy and garlics we have sampled. Truly a one of a kind flavor profile. This is our top selling garlic! We sell this seed in 1/2 pound increments only at this time.
Enjoy a recap of 2018 from our farm!
We were asked to present at the Annual Mid-Ohio Growers Association Conference for vegetable farmers in our Tri-State area. We were told it brings in 1300-1500 attendees annually. We put together a presentation on "Growing Gourmet Garlic" for this 2-day event. We are excited to share our love for garlic with others who may want to dabble...
In the Spring we completed our permaculture-design certification to continue progressing our biodynamic farm in a very the most sustainable way. We are also working with Rodale (the original organic standard) on piloting a new level of certification called "Regenerative Organic" farming. Its based on three pillars of focus helping you keep your farm sustainable and regenerative for years to come. RegenOrganic.org for more info on the certification. This will put us in a newly coined farm classification called "Organic Plus." We developed a relationship with a national organic pickle company who looks to be using our garlic in their 18 varieties of pickles. Very excited about this and more info to come!
July we did a few consulting visits to new farms who needed help with either their garlic farm start-up or inspection and solving their crop failure they had this season. We love to help anyone getting involved in something we are so passionate about and it was an honor to be asked. Our two bee hives arrived in July to assist in the pollination of our farm. We love our bees are excited to extend the Root tradition of beekeeping and share the fruits of their labor!
We had an extremely busy August 2018 planned. We hosted a Donor's Farm Walk for The Land Conservancy. Spent a wonderful evening with donors, potential land donors and the community touring our farm, land and operations. We introduced them to our 200 plus-year old birch tree in the woods. (We welcome private or group farm tours if interested.) We conducted a large-scale farm inspection for CNG in Geauga County to evaluate their operation for their ability to become officially certified with that organization. We also had to mentor and consult with a few farms who lost their garlic crop due to diseased seed stock and not rotating their garlic fields. We got them set up for a better 2019 season.
We attended the Midwest Garlic Festival in Illinois followed by a wedding on the farm property. We end the month with our old friends at The Cleveland Garlic Festival in Shaker Hts. The September and October calendar is filling up fast as well.
In October 2018 our farm made the cover of The Hinckley Record a long-standing local publication. There was a lovely piece inside written about our farm and the history. We held some lovely private garlic tasting events at our farm and hosted some college agricultural programs and students.
The planning and design is underway for our second barn building which will have a large-scale sugar house and cider press. This should be completed before July garlic harvest. Interior finish work is being completed over the Winter in our garlic barn. We added several wood burners, and office, a production area and a gourmet test kitchen. Our vision is to be holding classes there by harvest season and continue to host more formal events all four seasons. We have been asked to do a few more farm certifications for the 2019 growing season for chemical-free/organic farming and biodynamics. We thoroughly enjoy getting out with our peers, sharing ideas, and helping farms grow in knowledge and practice.
We will continue our charitable services and sponsorships of Police Associations and events like Shop with a Cop and Badges and Bag Pipes. We are an annual sponsor of the Face Plant for Medina County typically benefiting the DD community. We also are involved with sponsoring youth sports associations and clubs with Highland School District as well as their family food bank again for 2019. We are always looking for other ways to help in our local community. Always willing to do private, school or community farm tours and classes. Reach out to us directly if there is an organization that could use our assistance. Looking forward to a successful garlic harvest season of 15,000 plus pounds!
Thanks for visiting! We hope you can find everything you need on our site! Family Roots Farm is focused on providing organic and non-gmo foods at a high level of customer satisfaction - we will do everything in our power to exceed your expectations. Please note our farm is also listed in the following directories: USDA, OEFFA, Certified Naturally Grown, Local Harvest, Woman Who Farm, Agri-licious, Ohio Proud, The Garlic Seed Foundation, and Mid-West Garlic Grower's Association.
With a variety of organic produce and products to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy feeding your family with food that has been hand-planted, tended-to, harvested and prepared with the up-most care, detail and love. Please browse our website or Facebook page (Family Roots Farm Inc). We update garlic gifts for the gourmet or gardener all year- round. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Rod & Jennifer Sharpnack