Seminary Hill Farm plans to extend its season this year with a new type of community-supported agriculture.
The 10-acre organic farm located on the campus of the Methodist Theological School of Ohio is winding down its growing season at the end of October and plans to begin a community-supported bread program from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Farm officials said residents can sign up for bread -- whole wheat, rye and honey, focaccia with caramelized oranges, ciabatta and other styles -- at www.seminaryhillfarm.org.
Farm founder Tadd Petersen said specific dates and pickup locations for the breads soon will be posted online along with the cost, which will be determined by how many baked goods are pre-ordered.
"It will be a membership thing with multiple options people can sign up for," Petersen said.
The impetus behind the bread program is Sarah Black, who has more than 30 years of experience baking bread, most recently at Flowers & Bread in Clintonville.
She now is part of the staff at the farm.
Black has spent most of her professional life in New York City and in the consulting world. She said she returned to Ohio to be closer to family.
She was a customer at Seminary Hill Farm when she met Petersen. Black said she was impressed by the farm and bugged Petersen for a job until he relented and gave her one in July.
"It was just kismet; it was perfect timing," Black said.
Black said she uses heritage and whole grains, mostly from Stutzman Farms in Ohio, for her breads.
"We're just now putting together some very simple breads we'd like to offer for Thanksgiving," she said.
Holiday breads will be added closer to Christmas, she said.
Peterson said the objective is to have the bread program running throughout late November and December.
This is the first year Seminary Hill Farm has had community-supported agriculture packages ready for pickup beyond the confines of the Delaware farm.
The 24-week CSA program will end Oct. 29 at the German Village Meeting Haus.
"It went really well," Petersen said. "Because of its success, we're going to expand at other locations."
It's too late for patrons to sign up for the remainder of this year's CSA, which started around the first of May, Petersen said.
The farm has 180 varieties of produce, from heirloom tomatoes to baby greens, Petersen said.
The CSAs give people the opportunity to buy a large assortment of vegetables without having to visit the farm for every purchase, he said.
"We just find it's easier to get the food to the people than get the people to the food," he said.