What’s new on the Countryside Initiative Farms

Spicy Lamb SpringSpring is hopping along! The cold temperatures can’t slow a farmer down, nature won’t wait. The farmers here in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are busy prepping the ground and planting seeds. Here is a taste of what some of them are up to:

The Spicy Lamb Farm
The Blessing of the Sheep: Saturday, April 20st, 12 to 2pm: Do not miss our annual Blessing of the Sheep with bagpipes and herding demonstrations. $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Our spring hours for picking up lamb or wool products are Mondays from 4-7pm from April 8th to May 20th or by appointment. Please email laura@thespicylamb.com for an appointment.

Greenfield Berry Farm
CSA shares are still available and those interested can find more information at www.greenfieldberryfarm.com or email us for a flyer at greenfieldberryfarm@hotmail.com.

Brunty Farms
We are excited to announce the addition of beef at the farm.  We had our first beef processed two weeks ago and it has been a great success. We will have fresh cuts available at the farmers’ market and on farm throughout the season.
FINALLY, fresh chicken season is almost here!  Whole, cut, and select cuts of pasture raised chicken will be available beginning the first week of May.  We will have fresh cornish game hens available at the market this weekend!
We are taking orders for sides of pork and whole hogs that will be ready for processing in late May.  For more information on cuts and pricing please visit our website: http://www.bruntyfarms.com/Brunty_Farms/Pork.html
Don’t forget that the retail area on the farm is open from 8a-8p Mon-Sat and 11a-6p on Sun. Swing by for fresh eggs, pork, lamb, beef, and poultry.  The farm coolers and freezers are always fully stocked!
The Trapp Family Farm
We currently have eggs for sale at the farm.  Near the end of May we will add vegetables and chickens to a roadside stand.  If you want to insure a steady, abundant supply of our produce, eggs, pasture-raised broilers, turkeys, pork and more inquire about the Trapp Family Food Guild at trapp.family.farm@gmail.com or visit the farm for more details.
 Neitenbach Farm
This season Neitenbach Farm is excited to announce that we will be implementing biodynamic practices on our farm!!! For more information on farming biodynamically please visit https://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html  Also, if you would like to join our family of CSA members please do so…shares are filling up and we only have two left!  For more information on or CSA go to http://www.cvcountryside.org/farmland/documents/NeitenbachCSA.pdf  or http://www.localharvest.org/neitenbach-farm-M48156  You can also contact Neitenbach Farm at 330.321.9026 or neitenbachfarm@earthlink.net for more information.
Goatfeathers Point Farm
Natural, pasture raised beef is NOW available at Goatfeathers Point Farm! Choose a small or large Beef Bundle with a variety of select cuts. Individual cuts – steaks, roasts, ground…….. are also available. Email goatfeathers2@gmail.com or call 330-657-2726 for more details.
Basket of Life Farm
Basket of Life Farm is getting ready for another exciting season.  We have been busy starting seeds and planning for the season.  With over 150 varieties of seeds purchased there is a lot of planning going on! As the weather has finally started to turn everything will be able to start hitting the ground, which is when it feels like spring.
There are still a limited number of CSA spaces available for our 2013 season!  The CSA is filling up fast . As the oldest CSA in our national park & this will be our eleventh CSA season, and we continue to grow and improve.  Please visit our website at www.basketoflifefarm.com for CSA details and photos of previous year shares.  Members can expect an overflowing 1/2 bushel box each week, last year our shares averaged 10 different items a week weighing (on average) 15 pounds a week.  Payment plans are available.  Email with any questions heather@basketoflifefarm.com.
Don’t forget to friend on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Basket-of-Life-Farm/279073224620)  or join our mailing list (http://www.basketoflifefarm.com/mailinglist) to stay up to date on all our farm events.  We will be teaching a Gardening class with the Countryside Conservancy April 23rd and in May we will be doing a class at the Spicy Lamb Farm on Using the Seasons Bounty.   We will also be hosting an Onion Planting Day, for anyone who is interested in helping us get over 10,000 onions planted in a few hour period.  Later in the season we will have preserving classes, kids days, member potlucks, a variety of workdays, and a fall gleaning day (for donations to the food bank.)
Thanks for your support of our farm and local food!  We are eager for another great season.

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