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).
Following the Parma holiday parade on December 4, Parma city officials engaged parade watchers and visitors at Stearns Homestead in a countdown to ‘flip the switch’ and light up the Christmas tree on the front lawn of the Gibbs House.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Council President Sean Brennan and Councilman Alan Divis along with PAHS President Ruth Fay
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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.
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.
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.
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.