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Elvin brings the HEAT to Farm to Plate
× Lakeside Produce
× Elvin Burkholder
× 2738 London East
Lakeside Produce is located on London East Road between Plymouth Springmill and Bowman Street roads. The have just about any fresh garden produce you are looking for and especially hot peppers! They are specializing in many pepper varieties this year and have a contract with a salsa company in Columbus this year. In the spring you can get your flowers, veggie plant flats and hanging baskets at the greenhouse. Products are available at the farm Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Shelby Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. They also send produce to markets in Oberlin and Cleveland because one of his daughters takes fresh meats to those markets. His farm-fresh goodies have been used in almost every Farm to Plate demonstration; we couldn't have done such a good job without the local farmers and vendors like Elvin and his family!
Elvin was raised on a traditional farm where his parents raised hogs and cattle. He has used the greenhouse to supplement his farm income and support his family for around 25 years. When he retired and passed his farm to his son, Elvin began specializing in the greenhouse and produce.
He loves farming because he likes to work in the dirt, being close to nature and being part of God’s creation. He did say that he is glad to be slowing down a little though.
Elvin likes the farmers’ markets because it is a good way to promote business, it is easy for people to get garden fresh produce and he believes it has been really good for the communities he visits. People are out meeting neighbors and new friends and helping their town’s economy at the same time.
Richland County Farm to Plate is a program that will occur as part of the Farmers’ Market in Shelby. A host of partners, supporters and volunteers have joined together to provide this exciting program to link the growers of our local foods with local chefs and with us, the consumer. Cooking demonstrations, featuring items that can be found at the Farmers’ Market or through local sources, will occur on six occasions this summer. Taste testing, recipes and starter kits will be available. There will be healthy activities for the kids too. Special thanks to the Richland Community Development Group Local foods/Ag sector, the Shelby Foundation and Our Ohio for funding this experience! This is a great opportunity to learn about and support our local food economy, and to be newly inspired to eat healthy and to eat fresh.