Oak Tree Farms Hydroponics

A vendor with Countryside Farmers' Markets since 2016.

People: Janice and Stephen Brown.

Products: Fancy-grade lettuce including: Romaine, Butterhead, Bibb, Leaf and Summercrips, and specialty—Salanova—varieties; English cucumbers, kale, parsley—curly and Italian, basil—Genovese, citrus, cinnamon, and Thai, rosemary and sage.

Certifications: Member, Ohio Proud. Member, Homegrown by Heroes.

Farmland Details and History: Founded near downtown Akron in 2014 and commencing full operations within one year, Oak Tree grows its produce using controlled agriculture techniques which enable it to produce the freshest produce 24/7/365. Future operations include an additional 3,000 square feet of greenhouse production.

Water Use: Oak Tree Farms Hydroponics uses 90% less water than either conventional or organic farming.

Weed and Pest Control: Not applicable. We need no weed control owing to its use of 21st-century controlled agriculture techniques and hydroponic growing systems.

Fun Facts: Janice grew up on a self-sufficient farm in Wayne County, Ohio. A practicing Certified Public Accountant and University of Akron lecturer, she is responsible for all of Oak Tree’s produce production. Stephen learned to fly single-engine aircraft before he had a driver’s license. A former combat naval officer, commercial/international banker, and university lecturer in economics and finance, he is responsible for Oak Tree’s business with an emphasis on marketing.