As mentioned in this page’s Geauga County farm piece, many operators of roadside farm stands purchase what they sell from other growers. Not so with Sirna’s Farm & Market (19009 Ravenna Rd., Auburn, 440.834.0696). Owners Craig and Annie Sirna grow, raise and pasture pretty much everything they sell. Using traditional sustainable farming techniques, hoop- and green-houses, plus state-of-the-art hydroponic systems, the couple can crank out a dizzying array of seasonal treats. Both city slickers, the Sirnas moved out to the country in 1997 and planted a little garden. That garden soon became a 45-acre working farm with free-range chickens, grass-fed beef and a roadside store. “I’ve done 30 years of work in 10 years,” jokes Craig. Specialties include brown cage-free eggs, award-winning sweet corn and all-natural sausage. You can also find the Sirnas at area farmers markets.
Speaking of local eats: Fresh Fork Market, a foods distributor, is pairing with area restaurants to launch a series of local-foods wine dinners. The first event will take place on Tuesday, August 5, at Lago, with others following at Grovewood Tavern, Flying Fig, Light Bistro, Molinari’s, Sara’s Place, Fire and Sapore. Contact the individual restaurants for details.