Getting to Know the Countryside

The First Countryside Initiative Farmers  RFP 2001
By Tracy Emrick ~ Countryside Initiative Coordinator

halko2Halko’s Spring Hill Farm was one of the first established farms in the Countryside Initiative program. Alan Halko and his family moved into the old Vaughn farmstead at 9570 Riverview Road in Brecksville. The farm is on both sides of Riverview, with the house, historic barn and chicken coop on the west side, and the main crop fields, greenhouse, turkey and other outbuilding on the east side.
Alan grows a wide variety of vegetable crops and raises poultry and sheep. He sells his produce at the Countryside Farmers’ Market and through his fast growing CSA program. Click here to learn more about Halko’s Spring Hill Farm.halko1






Sarah’s Vineyard Winery & Art Gallery was also brought on board in the first RFP round. Mike and Margaret Lytz spent many years planting their vineyard and building their winery before opening their doors for business in 2007. The barn that houses the winery was once located in Medina sarahs2County. It was disassembled and rebuilt on its current site. The gorgeous pavilion being constructed right now was also built with reclaimed materials. Another very interesting note, Sarah’s is one of only a few Ohio wineries that offer wine-on-tap. This system serves wonderful wine by the glass or carafe and it eliminates the use and waste of thousands of bottles and packaging.
They grow nine varieties of grapes in their vineyard, and offer a wine for every palate. While you are there enjoying a glass of wine you can browse the fabulous art that lines the walls and shelves of the winery. And of course, you can indulge in delicious fare including oven-fired pizza! Sarah’s is located at 1204 W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls. You can click here to learn more about Sarah’s Vineyard Winery and Art Gallery.sarahs1


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