Who We Are

Produce is our business. Community is our passion.

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Fresh Forward is a family farm cooperative that works to enhance our members’ businesses and improve access to locally grown produce. Formerly known as Ohio Apples managed by the Fruit Growers Marketing Association (FGMA), we have a rich history of working with independent farmers across the Great Lakes Region. Together, we bring the freshest, brightest produce to retail outlets everywhere.

Our farmers live at the center of everything we do. Their continued growth is everyone’s gain. When they succeed, they elevate our communities and environment, lift our economy,  and help people lead healthier lives. That’s what inspires us to advocate for them every day.

How We Cultivate Value

Our partners and customers find a refreshing difference in the way we do business.


Selective Membership

Our farmers represent family-owned, multi-generational farms with strong leadership and legacies.


Supply to Demand

Our diverse resources and fresh product availability ensure fast, dependable fulfillment.


Quality Control

We follow progressive growing practices and food safety standards to deliver consistent quality and taste.


Retail Expertise

We keep a pulse on the latest consumer buying trends and merchandising techniques.

Working for a Long-Lasting Legacy

We take on environmental and social responsibilities to help our community, environment and planet thrive. We work closely with the EPA and other organizations to preserve our orchards, decrease wasteful bi-products and promote human well-being.

Become a Member

As a farmer, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve and never stop improving. Join Fresh Forward to connect with fellow producers, access valuable resources and grow your distribution network. Simply complete our contact form and we’ll be in touch with next steps to become a member.

Our Board Members

Our board is responsible for making decisions for the entire organization. As stewards of the land,
our members are committed to quality, family and health.


Board members from left to right:

Allen Grobe (Grobe Fruit Farm), Joe Burnham IV (Burnham Orchards), Dano Simmons (Peace Valley Orchard), Lester Lynd (Lynd Fruit Farm), Jeff MacQueen (MacQueen Orchard), Ben Gammie (Quarry Hill Orchards), Jim Moore (Moore Orchard), Gregg Bachman (Sunny Hill Fruit Farm)


We're proud to be affiliated with these regional and national organizations.

Get in Touch

Do you have questions about retail partnerships,
membership and more? Reach out to our team.

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