It’s almost time to “trim the tree” and everything else around the homestead.
If you can spare a few hours, on Saturday, November 18 volunteers will be meeting to decorate the homestead. The barn, the fences, the Gibbs House and the cabin will all need decorating.
Decorating volunteers are to meet at 10:00 am in the cabin.
Hope to see you there.
It is regretful that we must cancel the animal blessing scheduled for October 1. The clergy person who presided has moved and is no longer available. We appreciate your interest and hope to resume this program once again next year.
Bake your favorite fall recipe and enter it in the STEARNS HOMESTEAD FALL HARVEST BAKING CONTEST
Entry fee is $5.00 per entry; limit two entries per person.
Age catagories: Youth to 18 years and Adult
Pre-register at the homestead on Saturday, September 30 or Sunday, October 1 in the Country Store or send an email to Stearnshomestead@gmail.com with your name and phone#.
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!
June is known as one of the most popular month for weddings.
The Parma Area Historical Society is excited to showcase vintage bridal gowns, displayed in the Gibbs House for the month of June.
Stop into view the five vintage gowns and other bridal and wedding items on display. The Gibbs House will be open from 12 – 4 pm every Sunday.
Plant sale this weekend! Limited quantities of heirloom tomatoes, chives, various other plants. Stop in at Stearns Homestead this Sunday from 12-4
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.
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.
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.