We live 15-30 minutes south of Berea (depending if we go by I-75 or the back road). We do almost all of our shopping there. If we could move anywhere in the area I think Berea would be it.
They have a FANTASTIC health food store with incredibly helpful staff especially when it comes to herbal meds and supplements. There is an older lady that works there that is a walking encyclopedia of that sort of information. They will also order anything they dont already carry for you and sell local milk and honey, things like that.
The farmers market is amazing, I buy fresh herbs there in baggies for around 1-2 dollars that the collage kids grow on campus.
They have tons of festivals, mostly art oriented, throughout the year.
The public library has a wonderful selection of activities for all ages from movie nights, poetry/coffee nights, and of course tons of special events for the kids. The selection is decent, especially for a small town, and the staff are some of the nicest people I have ever met.
The public parks are well maintained and large enough to have fun in without feeling lost.
Driving or walking around town, especially near campus, you will see plenty of people walking or riding bikes (not sure about public transportation though) and people carrying there little ones in slings, and a LOT of people have that.... "crunchy" look to them.
The only real down side is that it is a pretty small town so for a lot of things you will have to either order on line or go to Lexington to buy.
As far as homeschooling I am not sure. I have "heard" that Madison county has some pretty nice people on their board of education and they dont tend to bother the homeschoolers much. I know there has to be at least some homeschoolers in Berea because we see kiddos out and about frequently during school hours, but I dont know any personally other than the ever so brief run in at the park.
So all in all as long as you dont mind having to travel for a few things or for major amusements (zoo's, museums and such) then yes it would be a great at least partially crunchy place to live.
OH almost forgot the book store Robie and Robie's is one of the most fantastic places I have shopped for books at, I LOVE wondering around in that place and I think the employees must have read just about ever book known to man.
Loved wife to JT and grateful mother to M (dd age 13) L (dd age 10) T (ds age 6) A (ds age 4) E (dd age 2) and C & S (twin boys born 10/13/10)and yes, I blog.