Food: Earth to Table

The best food is homegrown, whether in your backyard or your local farmer’s field. Eating local reduces your carbon footprint, keeps land in production and money in the community and has a positive impact on the environment Five Rivers MetroParks supports the local food movement as part of our conservation mission. Our facilities and programs help you learn to grow, source and use local food using earth-friendly practices.

Featured Locations

2nd Street Market

600 E. Second St., Dayton, OH 45402 Directions >

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The 2nd Street Market is a vibrant, local food-focused farmer’s market experience. Our local vendors sell everything from apples to zucchini, from arepas to zesty salsas. Bring the whole family—and your guests from out of town—to experience this vibrant, downtown destination.

Possum Creek Edible Farm

4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, OH 45417 Directions >

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The Food Farm at Possum Creek MetroPark promotes small-scale food-raising for the local community. From chickens to rabbits, honey to herbs, there’s so much more you can raise in your yard besides fruits and veggies. Learn how at the farm.

Carriage Hill Historical Farm

7860 E. Shull Rd., Dayton, OH 45424 Directions >

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The Historical Farm at Carriage Hill gives visitors a glimpse of life on a conservative family farm in the 1880s. Watch demonstrations of tried and true sustainable methods of growing, cooking and preserving food from livestock to sorghum, tomatoes to rhubarb. You might be surprised at how relevant these techniques are more than a century later.

Garden Plots at Possum Creek and Wegerzyn Gardens

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Hundreds of large garden plots are available on an annual basis at two Five Rivers MetroParks: Possum Creek, and Wegerzyn Gardens. These 800-square-foot plots are open from April-November each year for growing produce to feed you and your family. Wegerzyn Gardens also has organic plots available year-round.

Learn more about garden plot rental

Edible Landscape Garden at Cox Arboretum

6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449 Directions >

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The Edible Landscape Garden combines beauty and utility through an ornamental display of fruits, vegetables and herbs. As you stroll through this attractive and practical garden you may even find some ideas for your own backyard!

Community Gardens

More than 90 individual community gardens are managed, maintained and owned by local neighborhood residents and organizations throughout the Dayton region. Five Rivers MetroParks provides many forms of ongoing support to these groups, including soil amendments and tilling, training and consulting, seeds and plants, educational materials and workshops and lots of encouragement. View our community gardens map to see if you have a community garden in your neighborhood.

Learn more about community gardening

Grow, cook and eat local with Five Rivers MetroParks

MetroParks offers ample opportunities to learn about food. Source, grow and explore the world of food at the following parks:

Programs & Events

Outdoor Farmers' Market at the 2nd Street Market

Each Saturday through October!

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Enjoy the best of in-season, locally grown vegetables, herbs and bedding plants brought to the Market straight from the field at the annual summer outdoor Farmers’ Market. Conventional and organic farmers will participate every Saturday.

Learn more about the Market.

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