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Ice Cream Social June 25, 2017

What could be better than sitting under the shade of a wonderful oak tree at Stearns Homestead enjoying an ice cream sundae?

Make plans to join us as we welcome summer with an ice cream social on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm                                    adorable-piglet-eating-ice-cream

in the homestead cabin.  Stop in for a delicious treat at a nominal price.  We hope to see you there!

Farmers Market Opens June 24

Welcome to summer goodness! Our 2017 Farmers’ Market will open on Saturday, June 24th from 9am-1pm. and will be open every Saturday, weather permitting, until Sept 30. Come and enjoy the flavors of homegrown and homemade. With heirloom produce you won’t find anywhere else. Great bakery, organic alpaca products,great greens for your salad plate,  our own farm fresh eggs, local honey, maple syrup, and the best sweet corn in the area! Papa Steve’s spice will be ready to show you a new way to flavor your food and Go green with Tupperware is there to help you in the kitchen. Cottage Farm Soaps will give you something to look forward to at the end of the day.And be sure to enjoy the what the rest of the farm has to offer! Free parking, located on the bus line. Senior Coupons accepted. Handicapped accessible.farmers market

Music opening day… and of course the homestead will be open to visit the farm animals, shop in the Country Store and tour the Gibbs House.
Hope to see you there.

Improvements almost completed

Over the years, the buildup of mud, manure, hay and straw has taken its toll on the back paddock, also known as a horse turnout.

The homestead was fortunate to receive a grant to help correct the situation and work is underway to regain the natural slope of the turnout and create a more solid base in front of the horse stalls; better for the horses and easier for the volunteers to navigate wheelbarrows and at feeding time.

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Also, getting ready for opening day, volunteer Jim recently rebuilt the ramp to the Country Store to make it accessible for all visitors to the Homestead.

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It’s an ongoing venture, keeping up with all the chores that need to be done at the Homestead, but we are fortunate to have great volunteers, who have the knowledge and are willing and able  to get things done.

 

Stearns farmers market opens June 24

The farmers market at Stearns Homestead is back for another year.

Every Saturday morning local farmers and other vendors set up in the front pasture just south of the Stearns house with fresh produce, and various other homemade or handcrafted products.

The homestead will also offer farm fresh eggs, honey and herbs for sale at the Stearns tent at the market.

Each week, more produce and other products will be made available as the season progresses.

Market hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Our Volunteers Rock!

Stearns Homestead is managed by the Parma Area Historical Society with an all-volunteer crew of farmhands that provide daily feed, water and care for our farm animals, help with never-ending farm repairs, move the always-heaped manure pile and a variety of other tasks that are always in need of doing.  In addition, we have volunteers who help in the two museum houses with tours and setting up displays, in the country store as store clerks and help out on weekends at the feed table and at special event activities.

Our volunteers are the best!

We can never say thank you enough times for all they do, sharing their time and talent to make Stearns Homestead a great place to visit and a comfortable home for the farm animals that reside here.

 

2017 EVENTS

Stearns Homestead is open to the public free-of-charge every Saturday and Sunday, starting May 21 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.   Weather permitting, the farm animals may be out and barn feed table may be open prior to opening day.

Special events are planned throughout the season.  We hope you will make plans to join us for one or all of our events:

May 21 – Opening Day*   Farm, barnyard, Gibbs House museum and Country Store will be open and ready for visitors.

June 10 – Flag Retirement Ceremony*  – 1:00 pm – presented by local boy scout troop.  Bring your own chair.  (worn or torn flags may be dropped of prior to the event – please put them on the Gibbs porch)

June 24 – Farm Market opens    9 am – 1 pm  (every Saturday in the front pasture)

June 25 – Ice Cream Social   12 – 3 pm   in the homestead cabin  $

July 15-16 – Pioneer Days*       Family fun experiencing what farm life was like when the Stearns family settled in Parma in the 1800’s.

August 19 & 20 – Rummage Sale      Saturday 10 am – 4 pm,  Sunday 12 – 3 pm.    We will take usable items you donate starting August 1  – all proceeds are used to feed and care for the farm animals.  No clothing or electronics please.

September 9 &10 –  Farm City Days*  family fun day at the farm

October 1 – Animal Blessing   1:00 pm

October 7 & 8 – Fall Festival*   pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, bakery, fall food favorites, family fun activities.

November 5 – Adoptive Parents’ Day

December 2 & 3  – Christmas at the Farm*

 

All events are from 12:00 – 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted                        * People food available

 

 

 

 

Farm Market News

Stearns Farm Market will open Saturday, June 24, 2017 in the front pasture from 9 am – 1 pm.

The market will feature locally grown fruits and vegetables, local maple syrup and honey and our own farm-fresh eggs, courtesy of our wonderful hens.

This coming season you will find heirloom grown produce from our farm that is directly related to Parma and to Ohio agriculture history.

Stop by, pull up a chair awhile and visit with Debbie, our market manager, who will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

If you are an interested vendor, give Debbie a call (440) 882-6234

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