Family Roots Farm
Our farm is a labor of love. Located in Hinckley, the farm was officially purchased in 2014 from our late Grandfather, Duane Root, to keep it in the family. Thus making us the 5th generation farming this land. We had already been farming it previous to his passing, and we wanted him 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. We are also farm consultants and educators and will always make ourselves available to assist a peer farmer.
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. We specialize in heirloom variety tomatoes and peppers that are unique to our climate. In the Fall we produce apple sauce and cider from our apple and pear orchard, as well as pumpkins and corn. Our large bee hives produce some of the most flavorful and floral buckwheat honey in the Fall. Grade A Medium and Dark Robust Maple syrup is also produced in the late-Winter.
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 land 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 2021 the garlic we have planted includes the Hardneck varieties: Romanian Red, Music, Shvelisi/Turkish, German White, Bogatyr, Roots Buckeye Red, Georgian Crystal and Georgian Fire and the Softneck varieties: Nootka Rose, Inchelium Red, Polish, Lorz Italian, S&H, and Silver White. We will also sell the ramps and garlic scapes that we cut off of the hardneck varieties in the late-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 by the bulb, starting in February for Summer harvest. Silverskin garlic braids will be available upon request in September. All garlic varieties ship in the Early Fall. Ordering page is under "Web Store" of your convenience. All Garlic is SEED QUALITY and is sought-after for it's culinary enhancement purposes, for the discerning pallet. We are on track to harvest 10,000-12,000 pounds of organic garlic again this year!
We have perfected our very-own BLACK Garlic and Smoked Garlic that will be available year-round. We smoke in hickory, applewood and mesquite. We also carry a variety of garlic powders, salts and protein seasonings. Please contact us to order these specialties, as we make these 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 wild crop thought only to be in one area of the Pacific Northwest for an estimated century or so. We have found that it also grows wild in NE Ohio. We have chosen to name it "Roots Buckeye Red" after our farm. It's one of the most robust and earthy garlics we have tasted. 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.
Due to Covid restrictions, our farm will be by appt only for the Spring/Summer again. We are hoping this is very short-term. For your convenience, we do take orders over the phone at 330-329-2880, via our FaceBook page or at Destiny Farm Store on Granger Rd in Medina. You will also find our farm stand at the weekly Medina Farmer's Market on the square Saturdays from 8am-1pm. We HOPE we can open our farm to the public safely by the Summer. We are planning to open our farm up to the public in September for our Fall pumpkins, corn stalks, honey and gourmet garlic.
Enjoy a recap of 2020 from our farm!
June harvest came early, but we were ready with all hands on deck. The second wave of harvest continued into late July. So thankful and blessed for the friends and extended family that assists us during our busiest time on our farm. We so love that the students from Kent State continue to farm with us each Summer.
July-October we did a few more 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 4 bee hives assisted successfully in the pollination of our biodynamic farm. We love our bees are excited to extend the Root tradition of beekeeping and share the fruits of their labor! Jennifer is serving as a Remote Senior Inspector for Certified Naturally grown and completed 2 farm inspections in Ohio and one remote inspection in Ontario Canada this past year.
We will be finding permanent placement for our Farm Bureau 100-year farm placard that we are so proud to be able to display at the farm.
We partnered with a local farm serving the community for your animal protein needs, The Destiny Farm Cattle Company, located on Granger Rd in Medina, raises free-range, all natural beef, chicken, pork and lamb. Our customers were in need of responsible suppliers in the meat industry, and this farm is completely aligned with our values on responsible, non-gmo, and sustainable farming. We would also entertain partnerships with other local farms to expand our offerings to the community in the coming year. You will also find our farm products at The Destiny Farm Store which is open year-round M-F 10am-6pm, and Saturdays 9am-2pm, closed on Sundays.
The planning and design is underway for our second barn building which will have a large-scale sugar house and cider press. Currently using a portable structure for this purpose. This should be completed after the garlic harvest and curing. 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 is underway. Our vision is to be holding classes there by harvest season and continue to host more formal events during all four seasons. We have been asked again to complete more farm certifications for the 2021 growing season, for chemical-free/organic farming and biodynamics. Jen will continue to serve as a SRI for CNG for the 2021 season. We thoroughly enjoy getting out with our peers, sharing ideas, and helping farms grow in knowledge and practice.
On February 14th, we will be presenting at The Annual OEFFA Organic conference on "Growing Organic Garlic in Midwest Climates." This is a completely virtual event for 2021, and we are looking so forward to it. Be sure to tune in! We will also be adding to our Youtube channel some educational videos on gourmet garlic, biodynamics and organic farming. we also plan on continuing with recipes on our Facebook page that are made with our organic garlic and other farm offerings. We get such great feedback from our customers who love sharing their foodie-creations with us, and we love it!
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. Our farm also started a weekly fresh-food donations after the farmers market, for The Medina County Home. We also are involved with sponsoring youth sports associations and clubs with Highland School District as well as their family food bank again for 2021. We are always looking for other ways to help in our local community. The animals at The Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary again enjoyed our leftover pumpkins post the Fall selling season. We are 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.
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, The Biodynamic Association, International Permaculture Association, 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 carefully curated, hand-planted, 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