Everyone’s heard these phrases used to describe Ohio: “Heartland of America” or “Hometown, USA.” Such nicknames refer to the rustic feeling of rural life, which is predominant in this area. Elmore, on the banks of the Portage River, and Pandora, on the banks of the Ottawa River, are villages in Northwest Ohio, the Buckeye State. This part of Ohio, covered by glaciers during the ice age, was covered with wetlands prior to the early 1800s, contributing to a nutrient-rich topsoil, perfect for highly productive farming.
With average summer temperatures in the mid-70 degree F range, Northwest Ohio’s prime farmland is a close to the summer weather in Salinas Valley, CA, our original lettuce-growing region. One main difference is Ohio’s growing season is considerably shorter than California’s -- but this isn’t a concern, since cabbage thrives in cold temperatures, thus extending the growing season. Average annual rainfall is approximately 36 inches.
Northwest Ohio’s growing season for cabbage is June to November. This long growing season helps supply produce throughout the US.
Throughout Ohio's history, farming has been a major component of the state's economy. Prior to the 1800s, most people who called Ohio home earned their living through farming. From this point forward, strong elements of Ohio’s economic fabric have been farming, agriculture, and food production -- soybeans, corn and wheat primarily, but also cabbage and other produce. Today the landscape of Putnam, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties includes hundreds of highly productive farms. In fact, 94% of Putnam County’s acreage is under cultivation.