For those of you who missed it on March 3, 2018 ….
Myrtle the turtle dove hatched a very large pinkish purplish bluish egg and to her surprise it was half lion, half eagle, a mythical creature known as a griffin… our guests at the Homestead today heard the whole story, read by Mr Randy, and then colored their very own pinkish purplish bluish egg –
“The boys had a great time!” – Michelle McViker
Nicole Clancy – “Thank you, my daughter loved it!”
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.
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.
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.
Chewy joined our pygmy goat herd in January 2017. Chewy is a very friendly 6 year old and has become a ‘farm favorite’ with many of our visitors. You can find Chewy in the goat pen with Mork and Pete, the other two pygmy goats.
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.
Stearns Homestead Farmers Market for the 2017 season is accepting vendor applications. We support local produce farmers, backyard gardeners, handcrafters, bakers, and any small local business who make their own products like spices, sauces, and spreads. Not sure you fit our market criteria, contact our market manager, Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (440) 882-6234 for more information and vendor application.
Stearns Homestead Farmers Market starts mid-June and ends mid-October (exact dates are available by contacting Debbie).
Pete, a baby pygmy goat, is one of our newest arrivals. We welcomed Pete to our barnyard in mid-June. Mork has graciously agreed to share his barn with Pete.
- 2-3 chicken breast (with bone and skin)
- 1 stick of butter
- 3 cups self-rising flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
Place chicken and butter in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Boil on medium-high until chicken is done. Remove chicken, debone, and pull apart.
Return chicken to broth and set heat to medium.
Dumplings: Place flour in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Add milk and vegetable oil. Mix to make a firm dough. Knead dough a few times until dough is no longer sticky. Add more flour, if necessary.
Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut into strips. Drop dough into broth. Stir frequently. More water may be added to make a larger quantity without diluting flavor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook 10-15 minutes on low.