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2872 Lawrenceburg Road

2872 Lawrenceburg Road

10251 Miamiview Road

10251 Miamiview Road

Who Are We?

Established in 1855, Carriage House Farm has been single-family owned for five generations. We are a registered Ohio Sesquicentennial Farm located in historic North Bend, 20 minutes drive from downtown Cincinnati.

What do we do?

We produce whole and milled grains and honey, and grow and forage fresh vegetables, fruits, greens, herbs, and edible flowers to supply CSA members, retailers, and the best local farm-to-table restaurants. Carriage House Farm is also a host to a series of on-farm dinners and local food events, as well as a participant in food events throughout the Midwest.

And in 2018, we will offer an on-farm market in our new building on Lawrenceburg Road, as well as a "virtual" market here on our website for the purchase of our non-perishable goods. 

Always trying to grow the regional food culture that defines who we are, we make time to work with local organizations to help preserve old and native breeds of plants and vegetables, educate the community about the importance of buying food locally and seasonally, build the local farm-to-table community, and support locally-owned businesses.

Where are we located?

With the opening of a new building in 2018, we currently have two main sites you might want to visit depending on your plans at the farm.

10251, Miamiview Rd, North Bend, OH 45052

Visit the market garden
Have your garden group or students take a tour!
Work the market garden
        Hey, Workshare CSA members!
Attend an on-farm dinner
        That is unless it's raining and then we'll likely send you to the new building
Visit or Board your horse at Carriage House Stables
       A separate business from the farm, but on our property right across the street from the farm house
 

2872 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, Ohio 45052

Shop at the On-Farm Market
Attend Classes
Meet with MadHouse Vinegar Co.
       separate business from the farm, but located in the new building

 
 
 

the Carriage House FArm Team

 
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Richard Stewart

Farm Manager

An Ohio native and former illustrator and designer, Rich has managed historical Carriage House Farm for the past 16 years.  During this time he has helped support the local food and brewery scene in the Cincinnati region by shifting from commodity crops to native plant and fruit/produce production.  With a focus on intense, but sustainable production, he has turned what was once an unknown, family-owned Ohio Century Farm, into a community leader.

email: richard@carriagehousefarmllc.com

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Greg Nicaise

CSA & Garden Manager

Greg is a Cincinnati native, and his work with farms, educational gardens, and food banks has taken him as far as the Yucatan and San Francisco.  Rooting his efforts at Carriage House Farm, he looks forward to a productive growing season, shared with inspirational coworkers and inspired community members.

email: greg.nicaise@carriagehousefarmllc.com

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Amy Stewart

Communications Manager/Farm Hand

Having moved home from Chicago in 2016 to be closer to family and make sure her son got to have a close relationship with the farm, Amy brings her writing education, marketing experience, and willingness to do any work on the farm to bear in pitching in however she may. On any given day, she manages the social media, delivers hay, feeds dozens of rabbits, photographs produce or the team in the field, and helps cook lunch for the crew. She’s never felt so lucky.

email: amy@carriagehousefarmllc.com

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Ann Sharpe

Assistant Garden Manager

An Ohio native, Ann learned gardening/farming with farmers in Georgia, Washington state, and from educators and researchers at OSU. Ann continues her agricultural practice at Carriage House Farm. When isn’t cultivating on the farm, you can find her exploring trails nearby, petting all the dogs and treating herself to a good scoop of ice cream. Ann is excited to grow with the staff at CHF and share produce with the fine folks of Cincinnati.

email: ann@carriagehousefarmllc.com

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Katie Jesurun

Market Manager and Flavor Taster

After working for several years in the nonprofit sector, Katie realized that food was an integral piece of a community’s culture, identity, and strength...and that it was delicious! She moved to Cincinnati, started courses at the Midwest Culinary Institute, and began working in fine dining restaurants. It wasn’t long before her experience in the food industry led to another realization; that local farms are also an essential piece of a community’s health and vibrancy. Her role at Carriage House Farm working in the gardens, developing recipes, and managing the on-farm market store is the culmination of her passion for people, food, and farms.

email: katie@carriagehousefarmllc.com

Frequently asked Questions

Q?

I’m a Chef, how do I go about sourcing from Carriage House Farm?

A.

First, thank you for wanting to source locally!  The region needs more chefs like yourself!  You can source from us in two ways.  The first is to contact us through our Wholesale Form  this will both let us know you are looking for a local source of food and automatically add you to our Wholesale mailing list.  You will then be contacted by farm staff to follow up.  We deliver to chefs every Thursday.  The second method is to order from us through Local Food Connection, a locally owned and operated distributor that delivers on Mondays and Fridays.

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What is an Ohio Historic Family Farm?

A.

An Ohio Historic Family Farm is a farm, located in Ohio, that has been single-family owned for at least 100 years. Ohio created a new category which we now fall under:  The Sesquicentennial Farm, or family-owned for at least 150 years.  We are currently the second oldest farm in Hamilton County and the oldest farm producing FOOD.  Farms are recognized this way via the Ohio Department of Agriculture. More on these amazing farms can be found by visiting: https://www.farmflavor.com/ohio/historic-family-farms-of-ohio/

Q?

How Old Is Carriage House Farm?

A.

At the time of this entry (2015) our farm is officially 160 years old. The current owners are the Fifth Generation. The land is being worked by the fifth, sixth, and seventh generations.

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How large is your farm?

A.

The farm is exactly 300 acres in size. The average farm size, today, is 441 acres. So we are smaller than your average farm.

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Do you have animals on your farm?

A.

Yes! We board horses. We have capacity for up to 32 horses. In 2017 we began rabbit production to fill the need for local small, sustainable proteins.  Currently the plan is to supply regional chefs and to make them available through our new on-farm market location.  We also have LOTS of bees, though not animals, these certainly take a lot of time to manage.  These are the only domesticated animals on the farm currently. We do have a wide range of wild creatures from Turkeys and Deer to Eagles and Beavers.

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Do you use chemicals on your farm?

A.

Yes, we do. We use both organic and conventional chemicals though we try to use the least amount of chemicals possible. Part of our farm follows organic principals and those crops we use either zero chemical applications or OMRI approved applications like Surround or Spinosad. We, use 20% acetic acid (a powerful Vinegar) as way of controlling weed growth in mulched foot paths. We have an integrated pest management program that relies on trap crops and beneficial predatory insects. 

On our river bottom conventional ground we grow GMO soybeans or corn.  GMO products allow to minimize the chemical use.  Non-GMO crops require a cocktail of stronger products that we have elected to avoid.  We use a single application of one chemical to control weeds and because of flooding are able to avoid using petro-chemical fertilizers.  We use zero insecticides on our crops, including seeds treated with insecticides.  We have been slowly reducing the number of acres that is his type of production.  What does remain in production is controlled by windbreaks and buffers.  We do not plant from property line to property line.

We also use a herbicide to spot treat against Bush Honeysuckle and Canadian Thistle, invasive non-native plants that out-compete the native species we are trying to reestablish.

Q?

Are you certified Organic?

A.

No we are not. Though certain parts of the farm are managed as if they were organic we do not certify the produce coming off that ground as organic. This is a choice we made some years ago.

Testimonials

 
Carriage House Farm is a family owned independent business, just like us, and it’s an honor to put their products on our menus.
— Mike Florea, Executive Chef, Maribelle's Eat + Drink
Every year when spring approaches, we begin to think about the bounty soon to be available from our good friends at Carriage House Farms. The care put into every product they grow is unparalleled, and the love for their craft shows through in every plate that we send out to our guests.
— Jose Salazar, Executive Chef and Owner, Mita's & Salazar
We pride ourselves in being an idealistic restaurant- so Carriage House Farm’s products fit right in at the Sleepy Bee. Quality, local and sustainable (not to mention delicious) produce, honey and grain on an idyllic farm, close to the city with an amazing, positive team to back it up. What more could you ask for?”
— Frances Kroner, Executive Chef, Sleepy Bee Cafe
Carriage House is a fine example of what a modern farm can and should be. Their deliberate and thoughtful approach to their land and what comes from it is refreshing and inspiring. Richard and Kate’s enthusiasm for their craft rubs off every time they walk in our door, bundled down with their jewel-like radishes, brilliant honeys, and rustic grains.
— Patrick Hague, Executive Chef, Dutch's Larder

In The News

Over the years Carriage House Farm has been found in local news. 

Here are some links to the various pieces.

Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that

By Carrie Blackmore Smith and Emily Hopkins
July 4, 2018

Over the last two centuries, U.S. population growth and food production have stressed and degraded our dirt.  

Carriage House Supplies The City’s Best Restaurants With The Freshest Of Produce

by  Brian Planalp
December 27, 2017

Behind every thriving metropolitan restaurant scene is a standout local produce supplier. Well, Cincinnati’s restaurant scene certainly is thriving, and behind it is North Bend's Carriage House Farm.

Carriage House Farm

Posted by Phoebe
Sept 21, 2017

One glorious and convenient upside of living in rural Midwest America, is that you are completely surrounded by farms. Some, like the ones close to where we live, are dairy, or corn. A lot are soy bean. But the hidden gems are the multitaskers, the jack of all trades, the ones that provide a few seasonal products to the best restaurants in the Tristate. And Carriage House Farm is one of those.

Dinner on the farm: Chefs, diners leave the city to dine under the stars

Jenny Burman, WCPO contributor
May 13, 2016

NORTH BEND, Ohio -- The first time Carriage House Farm hosted an on-farm dinner, it was November. The seating, according to Richard Stewart, was hay bales. The day started at about 60 degrees, but by the time people sat down at the table, the temperature had dropped “to about 33,” said Stewart, who is manager of the 161-year-old farm.

MadTree debuts beer with nasturtium flowers and cucumber

By Akron Beacon Journal Staff
April 7, 2016

MadTree Brewing Co. has created a special beer with the Cincinnati Horticultural Society featuring nasturtium flowers and cucumbers in honor of the upcoming Cincinnati Flower Show.

Carriage House Farm Announces “2015 On-Farm Dinner Series”

Charlie Harmon
March 27, 2015

Carriage House Farm has announced a series of dinners they will be hosting through fall 2015. Each event will bring on local culinary legends to serve an intimate meal (just 13 diners) emphasizing the character of the chef and seasonality of the ingredients.

 
 

MadTree Uses Local Carriage House Farm Ginger

Ginger is typically found growing in warmer climates like Asia and Hawaii, but local Carriage House Farm is bucking trend by growing their own.

Maija Zummo
Oct 23, 2014

Ginger is typically found growing in warmer climates like Asia and Hawaii, but local Carriage House Farm is bucking trend by growing their own...

Farm Fresh

Chef Ryan Santos provides a literal farm-to-table al fresco dining experience at Carriage House Farm

Anne Mitchell
Jun 19, 2013

Richard Stewart says he always envisioned a dinner series at Carriage House Farm, his family’s North Bend homestead about 20 miles west of Cincinnati, near the Miami River. With more than 300 acres of idyllic farmland, Carriage House produces vegetables, herbs, honey and specialty grains for local restaurants, retailers and farmers markets. But to truly appreciate the beauty of the farm...

Carriage House Farm

By Eden Canon
Aug 01, 2012

Switching from conventional farming to using no pesticides or chemical fertilizers—why small farms are not certified organic—how large agricultural corporations try to gain advantages over small independent farms.

 

Awards

The following is list of awards the farm has received through the hard effort of its employees and the community.

 
 

Best of Cincinnati 2016: Best Local Farm People's Choice

Best of Cincinnati 2015: Best Local Farm People's Choice
 

Edible Ohio Valley 2014 Local Hero Award

Edible Communities Local Hero Award winners are selected by a tally of nominees identified by Edible Ohio Valley readers.  This award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the local food movement in our region.

Edible Ohio Valley 2013 Local Hero Award

Edible Communities Local Hero Award winners are selected by a tally of nominees identified by Edible Ohio Valley readers.  This award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the local food movement in our region.

Edible Ohio Valley 2012 Local Hero Award

Edible Communities Local Hero Award winners are selected by a tally of nominees identified by Edible Ohio Valley readers.  This award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the local food movement in our region.

2012 Made: In America, American Culinary Treasures Award

The American Treasures Awards are presented annually at the American Treasures Culinary Experience to individuals and small producers in recognition of a singular and significant contribution to our Nation that both preserves and fosters a unique All American craft and tradition. The 2012 awards were presented to organic growers and craft producers. The winners were carefully selected and vetted through a deliberative process by a National Advisory Committee consisting of individuals with relevant subject matter expertise. A special Congressional Honorary Steering Committee supports the yearly initiative.