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.
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.
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 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