The people behind the pizza.
Nothing is more important to us than using the absolute best, freshest ingredients available, and we count ourselves lucky that many of them are grown locally by people we're proud to call not just our neighbors, but our friends. Our relationships with our producers run deep; without them Park Street Pizza as we know it simply wouldn't exist. So we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the people behind the pizza. If you're lucky enough to be in the neighborhood and you happen to see them, thank them for thoughtfully tending the earth, growing awesome food, and helping us make good pizza great.
Owners, Bert and Mary Hostetler
Pizza without tomatoes? Inconceivable! Same goes for peppers, onions, and fresh herbs. Thank heavens, family-run Sweetwater Farm is only a mile from our restaurant. Every winter we sit down at Mary's kitchen table to discuss what seeds she'll be ordering, planting, and harvesting for us in the upcoming year. We source lots of varieties of tomatoes( grapes, heirlooms, Romas); lettuces for our salads including "Grandma's," a heritage breed that Mary grows from her own seeds; a whole lot of seasonal produce including eggplant, cucumbers, rainbow carrots, broccolli, peppers, onions, squash, garlic and herbs; flowers for our tables; and blue and brown eggs from the farm's happy, free-range chickens. One of our favorite things about Sweetwater is that all of their plants are grown from Non-GMO seeds and raised using old-school organic practices and natural farming techniques instead of harsh chemicals. Sweetwater may not be certified organic, but Bert and Mary take great pride in the way they raise their crops.
Boltz Family Greenhouse
Owners, Jim Boltz & Family
You'd never guess that tucked inside a small family-owned greenhouse in Stonecreek, Ohio is some of the best hydroponically grown produce you'll every lay your tastebuds on. Grown entirely in water from non-GMO seeds, the specialty lettuces from Boltz Greenhouse are amazing, and their basil is simply beyond words. Lush, green, and incredibly fragrant the basil from Boltz's is what puts the kick in our housemade tomato and pesto sauces. It's so good, we even use it to garnish our pies.
Best of all, Jim delivers his lettuce and basil right to our door several times a week, so it's always as fresh as fresh can be. The Boltz family has been growing their produce hydroponically for nearly two decades, and we hope they keep it up for decades to come.
Sweet Meadows Farm
Owners: The Kimpel Family
Fifty-five years ago, Charles and Mary Kimpel drove away from their rented property in Glenford, Ohio and started living their dream on their own 88 acres of beautiful, rolling pasture just outside Roseville, Ohio. There they raised three sons, as well as cattle, sheep, hogs, and chickens.
When their son Tim graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science, he and his wife Martha purchased nearly 100 acres next door to his parents' farm, where he put his interest in energy conservation and alternative forms of agriculture to work. He built a passive solar home and started a grass-based dairy farm operation, which his sister Katie managed until she completed college.
Tim raises all of his crops and livestock without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or antibiotics of any kind—a practice that's kinder to both the animals and the land. In 2009 the farm was the first in Muskingum County to be certified organic.
In order to market the humanely-raised meat and eggs from Tim's farm, Katie and her husband Shawn started their own small company and began selling the farms products 's the Zanesville Farmers Market, including the Sweet Italian Sausage we feature on our pizzas. Today, Sweet Meadows has grown into a full-service natural/organic grocery in Zanesville and a source of pride for the whole family.
One of the goals of the Kimpel family was to not only grow their business, but also help others in the community who shared their vision. Sweet Meadows is proud to say that they have supported over 25 local farms in their community.
Owners: Joseph and Marion Yoder
Stewards of sustainable agriculture, Joseph and Marion Yoder of The Shepherd's Market in Big Prairie, OH grow all of their produce without pesticides; raise humanely treated, pasture-grazed chicken, lamb and beef; along with carrying an assortment of local cheeses, produce, baked goods, and other natural products and ingredients.
But we love them most for their honey.
Unlike most commercial beekeepers, the Yoder's don't feed their bees antibiotics or use chemicals in their hives. They collect clean, pure honey from their 70+ colonies and bottles it raw--no heating or forcing it through a super-fine filter. The flavor is exceptional, and we use it in a number of our salad dressings. And since Joseph delivers it to us every week (along with some fresh cheddar cheese), it's always fantastically fresh.
Owner: Merle J. Hershberger
Right down the road in Walnut Creek, family-run Hillcrest Orchard grows fruit and produce on 50 lush acres. Known for their fresh sweet cider, pumpkins, berries, and squash, they're our go-to guys for the apples we use in our salads. And their butternut squash makes special guest appearances each fall and winter in a number of our seasonal specialties.