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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 accessible.farmers 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.

Improvements almost completed

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Stearns farmers market opens June 24

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.

Our Volunteers Rock!

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.

 

February Storm Damage Repairs Still Needed

When the wind blow, old trees fall!  That’s exactly what happened at the homestead in February when a windstorm swept through Parma and surrounding suburbs taking down power lines and uprooting trees.

The homestead sustained some damage to the pig pen area, the chicken coop and a corner of the barn roof when one of two big trees in the barnyard decided to uproot and crash to the northwest and into the barnyard.

Thankfully none of our volunteers or our farm animals suffered any injury, however the chickens are not very happy with the condition of their chicken yard.  It’s a mess!  And we have to keep a watchful eye out for hawks, as our chickens are not easy pickins’ due to the roof fencing all torn up.

Thanks to the Parma City maintenance crew for a quick clean up to remove the fallen tree from the barnyard.

We still need some assistance to replace the wire fencing at the top of the chicken yard and need some new fence rail for the pig pen.

If anyone handy would like to help rebuild the chicken yard, give us a call –

we could use a few strong, capable hands!

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).