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Stearns Farmers Market Accepting Vendor Applications

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 farmerdeb7@cox.net or by phone (440) 882-6234 for more information and vendor application.

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Stearns Homestead Farmers Market starts mid-June and ends mid-October (exact dates are available by contacting Debbie).

Santa at the Farm

Santa took time from his busy schedule to talk with the many young and not-so-young visitors that came to the homestead for Christmas at the Farm in early December.

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Kids of all ages whispered their wish list in Santa’s ear, enjoyed some hot chocolate and chili, visited with the farm animals and stopped in the Christmas Shoppe in the Gibbs House.

Our sincere thanks to all who stopped by for our final event in 2016.

We look forward to seeing you all in the Spring 2017… and if the weather breaks sooner, stop by, the farm animals will be delighted to see you!

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Homestead season coming to a close

It has been an unbelievable season of activities at Stearns Homestead and we appreciate each and every person who came to  visit .

Our expectations were exceeded by the number of visitors who stopped by on weekends and at special events.

Our season of being open each and every weekend is coming to a close and we will be open only if weather permits – if it’s raining or too chilly, the animals will probably be inside  and the homestead will be closed – so plan accordingly.    If its a sunny day and mild, you can bet the animals will probably be out for you to visit, however we cannot promise that we will have volunteers available to sell feed.

One thing to remember – PLEASE DO NOT bring any food from home for the animals.  While you might be tempted to bring carrots or apples (or Os or bread – a really big no no!), when any one animal gets too much, especially the horses, it tends to cause havoc with their digestion and then we may incur a vet bill to help them thru a difficult situation.  So please, do not bring any food from home, just your love and time  to visit.

And watch for details on opening day in May 2017.

Also – mark your calendar – we have one more special event weekend – its Christmas at the Farm  the first weekend in December.

Hope we see you then!

The Parma Area Historical Society

Pony/Horse Rides Saturday Sept 24

Come on out to the farm for horse and pony rides on Saturday, September 24 from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

Cost is $5 per ride and all proceeds benefit the horses and other farm animals that reside at the homestead with feed and care through the coming winter months.

Horses will be provided for this ride to allow for older children and adults to enjoy a ride in the front pasture, with horse guided by a farmhand with a lead line.

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Animal Blessing – October 2 1:00 pm

Celebrating a Blessing of the Animals

On October 2, 2016, at 1:00 pm, Stearns Homestead invites the public to bring their house pets to have them blessed in celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, a monk who had a special connection to animals.  Gather at the Gibbs House at 1:00 pm with your pet (on a leash or in a carrier please) or with a photo of your pet.

Rev Heather Hill blesses farm turkeys - Nov 2015
Rev Heather Hill blesses farm turkeys – Nov 2015

The Reverend Heather Hill of All Saints Episcopal Church in Parma will officiate at the ceremony, bless your pets and then proceed around the farm to bless the farm animals that reside at the homestead.

Please park in the parking area, just south of the homestead.

 

Afghan Raffle

Win a handmade 60 x 46 fringed afghan with a white, gray and black cat design.

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Tickets are $1.00 each  or 6 / $5.00

All proceeds from this raffle will benefit the farm cats and other farm animals that reside at the homestead.

Drawing will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Stearns Homstead Fall Festival.

Tickets can be purchased with cash, check or credit card.  Stop by the homestead to purchase your tickets or leave a message at 440-845-9770.

Animal Spotlight – 2 New Pigs!

 

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Two baby pigs arrived at the homestead on July 1.  Yet to be named, one is a female and the other a male, a Duroc and a Berkshire.  The both have spots, or dots, depending on what you call them, and will retain those spots/dots even as they grow.

They are both very entertaining to watch dig in the dirt with their snouts to create a comfortable hole to lay in to keep cool – pigs have no sweat glands, and need to use the dirt as a cooling agent.

Since they are still babies, they are receive special pig food to keep them healthy and we ask that the piglets not be given any treats for now.  Watch the sign on their pigpen for when its OK for treats.