Category Archives: Events

First Friday – September 1, 2017

It’s gonna’ be another ‘first Friday’ on September 1 at the Homestead from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Family fun night includes pony rides, farm animal 4H showcase, little kids games and  big kids games, people food, a family movie in the cabin, visit with the farm animals, animal feed, chicken coop discovery, and a walk around the pond if you like.

Free Admission.  Free Movie. Free walk around the pond.

Prices for some activities and food vary from $1 – $5.

Come out and visit – it’s gonna’ be a great night at the farm!

All proceeds benefit the homestead farm animals.

Stearns Homestead is managed by volunteers of the Parma Area Historical Society.


Pony Rides to benefit 4H – Friday, July 7, 2017

Join us for a fun-filled family night hosted by the Stearns Homestead Hoofers 4H Club, offering pony rides, face painting, sale of homemade baked goods, popcorn and movies on Friday night, July 7, 2017 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free, however there is a nominal fee for various activities, all to benefit the 4H club at Stearns Homestead to help defray their expenses for participation at the county fair this year.

We look forward to seeing you there! 4H flyer

Farmers Market open on Saturday mornings

The Stearns farmers market is up and running on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, usually in the front pasture.   If the pasture is soggy from rain, look for us set up on the blacktop, up the drive, between the two historic homes. The farmers market features local produce, bakery, Ohio maple syrup, local honey, specialty items and more! Cooking demonstrations too! Stop by to shop, and stay awhile to enjoy the farm animals at the farm – we look forward to seeing you next week!


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 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.


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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Christmas at the Farm Dec 3-4, 2016

xmasStearns Homestead will celebrate Christmas at the Farm on Saturday,  December 3 from 12:00 pm  -3:00 pm and Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Santa will be joining us for the festivities and fun.  Children of all ages are welcome to visit with Santa and enjoy bakery and beverages for sale in the homestead cabin.  The Gibbs House will be decked out in holiday style for your viewing and the ‘holiday gift shop’ will feature unique and hand-crafted items for sale.

Make plans to stop in for Christmas at the Farm.  Admission is free.