Countryside Initiative Farm News

News from some of the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Initiative Farms…

For more information about all the farms or the Countryside Initiative program, visit our website at


Goatfeathers Point Farm

Fall breeding season is just around the corner! Check-out Goatfeathers

 Point Farm’s proven Tennessee Fainting bucks! Traditional black and

 white, white with blue tint, tri-color and brown. Registration

 information available for the Myotonic Goat Registry. View from the

 Valley Bridle Trail behind Goatfeathers Point Farm or call for an


 We are accepting reserves for pasture raised Broad Breasted Bronze and

 heritage – Bourbon Red and Blue Slate turkeys for Thanksgiving.

 Turkeys are also, available for viewing behind the farm.

 Goatfeathers Point Farm pasture raised hogs are enjoying themselves in

 the mud wallow and playing a game of kick the bucket! Their “buckets”

 will be kicked later this fall when they have reached their prime

 weight. Make a reserve for a half or whole hog by calling



The Trapp Family Farm

1019 West Streetsboro Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Phone (330) 657-2844

Visit the Trapp Family Farm Tuesdays and Saturdays for farm fresh produce!

Stick around on Saturday to tour the farm, check out what Doc and Dan have been up to and talk to your farmers!


Greenfield Berry Farm

2485 Major Road

Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(330) 657-2924

Pick your own delicious berries in season

Farm Fresh CSA program
Tours and Classes

And there’s still time: Join Greenfield Berry Farm for the Dinner In the Valley Series next week.


The Spicy Lamb Farm

6560 Akron Peninsula Road (Off Boston Mills Road)

Peninsula, Ohio 44264


Local Food Fest ~ A Homegrown Gathering in Peninsula

2012 07 07_6993_edited-1Sunday, August 4th 2013, join us as we celebrate the 1st annual Local Food Fest – A Homegrown Gathering in Peninsula, Ohio. The Cuyahoga River Valley has a rich history of agriculture, and small farms have been providing nearby communities with food for over a century; this is still true today.

On Sunday you will have an opportunity to taste and explore the Local Food Community in the charming village of Peninsula with a full day of events planned around local food and farms.

The day’s schedule is below and we hope that  you join us for a true Homegrown Gathering in Peninsula!


  • Heritage Farms  Farm History Day
    6050 Riverview Road
    9 am – 5 pm $5 per person admission
    Antique tractors, Women on the Farm display, farm tool display, and talks throughout the day on Heritage Farms’ past, present and future.
    Daylily End of Season sale.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ranger Rebecca Jones-Macko, Presents a History of Farming in Cuyahoga Valley
    4:30 – 5 pm at G.A.R. Hall as part of the Home Grown Evening Event


Get to know your local farmers! Five Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Initiative Farms will offer 3/30 minute tours of their farms at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Choose which farms you’d like to tour. The fee is $5.00 per person/per farm and you pay at the farms. Tour Cards can be found HERE. Have the farmers and local merchants sign your card for a chance to win a fantastic gift basket! For tour information contact Tracy at Countryside 330-657-2542 x223

Trapp Family Farm
1019 W. Streetsboro RD
Peninsula, OH 44264
Parking at old Players Barn (please stay away from barn & road for safety)
Neitenbach Farm
3077 Akron Peninsula RD
Akron, OH 44313
Look for parking sign
Goatfeathers Point Farm
4570 Akron Peninsula RD
Peninsula, OH 44264
Please park only in designated areas
The Spicy Lamb Farm
6560 Akron Peninsula RD (only accessible from Boston Mills RD)
Peninsula, OH 44264
Parking along east side of road in front of farm
Greenfield Berry Farm
2485 Major RD
Peninsula, OH 44264
Parking in field to the right of the driveway

11 am – 4 pm
Canning Demonstrations by Beth Knorr, Countryside Conservancy
11am & 1pm
On the Green at Bronson Church
Route 303 in Peninsula
Event Parking at G.A.R. Hall

Visit these area businesses and celebrate locally grown, locally crafted, locally brewed and locally enjoyed products; samplings, tastings & have your tour card signed.

Yellow Creek Trading Co.
1685 Main Street
Kool Things will be selling tasty frozen treats on their porch & samplings of local items

Trail Mix Peninsula
1600 West Mill Street
Featuring local food items sold in the store with samplings/tastings on our patio. Tina Bergman performing 1-3 pm on the patio

Le Seraglio  
1593 Main Street
Complimentary baklava to shoppers

Elements Gallery
1619 West Mill Street
Offering fine porcelain & stoneware tableware; wooden utensils; local honey

Szalay’s Farm Market
4563 Riverview Road
Locally grown corn; Produce; Roasted sweet corn; Fresh squeezed lemonade; Sundaes

Brandywine Country Club  
5555 Akron Peninsula Road
Main Clubhouse featuring Great Lakes Brewing Co. brews
Main golf course open 6 am – 9 pm.  Par 3 open 9 am – 9 pm

Winking Lizard Tavern
1615 Main St.
Hoppin Frog’s Turbo the Cellar   1 – 7 pm

 Skip’s Peninsula Junction
1639 Mill Street
Open Air Market featuring local food and craft vendors

Fishers Café & Pub
1607 Main Street
Serving Ohio Grass Fed Beef Burgers & Thirsty Dog beer



We are honored to have Chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice Kitchen & Bar prepare a dish for as he discusses the importance of using locally grown ingredients. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy this dish as Ben demonstrates its preparation.

 This  will be preceded by a wine and craft beer tasting paired with artisan cheeses and other locally produced appetizers while Park Ranger Rebecca Jones Macko speaks on the history of farming in the Cuyahoga Valley.  Cash Bar also available.

Tickets are $30 which includes 3 tastings and one pour of locally bottled wines or local craft beers, appetizers, farm history presentation,  cooking demonstration and the prepared dish from Ben Bebenroth.

 Doors open at 4pm at the Historic G.A.R. Hall at the corner of RT 303 and Riverview Road.(1785 Main Street for GPS users). 

Limited number of seats,  Reservations can be made on line at or by calling 330-657-2528

4:00 – 4:30   Wine & Craft Beer with appetizer pairings
4:30 – 5:00  Rebecca Jones,  History of Farms at G.A.R. Hall
5:00 – 5:45  Ben Bebenroth of Spice Kitchen & Bar
7:00 Doors close at the G.A.R. Hall


Countrysidechix Rockin’ the Local Food Scene

BLtBCbeCcAABuUHFor a second straight year Countryside Conservancy (aka @countrysidechix on Twitter) teamed up with environmental non-profit REVERB to provide fresh, local food for the crew of the Dave Mathews Band. Famers’ Market Manager and local food hero, Beth Knorr  sourced everything from kale to croissants for the band’s visit to Akron this past weekend, sourcing local from over 22 farmers and food artisans.

REVERB was founded by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her husband, musician, Adam Gardner. They work to educate and engage musicians and their fans to live more sustainably. The Dave Mathews Band has long been a strong voice and leader in environmental and food security issues. Dave Mathews also sits on the board of Farm Aid.

As part of the band’s Bama Green Project,  Countryside was asked to source local foods for the band, but in addition, the project sold seed packs at the DMB concert with all the proceeds being donated to the Akron Canton Food Bank to purchase local food for their community through the Countryside Conservancy. The total raised was just over $1300! Rock on!

What’s New on the Countryside Initiative Farms this Spring


Basket of Life Farm
In case you haven’t heard, Basket of Life has a new website this year. Click here to learn more about their farm and CSA program. You will also find great farm photos and recipes there too.
To keep up with the daily happenings at their farm, be sure to LIKE their Facebook page too.

Brunty Farm
Brunty Farm will be at the Countryside Farmers Market of course, but if you miss your chance to shop on Saturday, don’t forget thier Farm Store is open daily until 8 PM and Sundays until 6.
Like them on Facebook
Or visit their webpage:

Canal Corners
Rumor has it they have asparagus available! Give them a call 216-624-3916 or visit their Facebool page  And, returning again this year, the Lantern Theatre Group!

Goatfeathers Point Farm wishes everyone a Happy Spring!
The goats are out a bit each day on pasture and the goat kids will be coming by the end of May! The Bourbon Red and Blue Slate heritage turkeys have moved to their intermediate brooder in the barn. They are gaining in size and will be on pasture soon. Our latest experiment for predation control, a pair of Guinea fowl are patrolling the chicken yard. They are loud and make a lot of wild jungle noise! Feeder calves will be at the Riverview Barn with the bucks. Stop by the farm for eggs (porch fridge honor system) or call 330-657-2726 to pick up a beef bundle.

Greenfield Berry Farm
Check out this really wonderful New York Times  write up about Jonathon Sawyer that includes a great piece on Greenfield Berry Farm!
Visit Greenfield at the Countryside Farmers’ Market or call to plan your PYO visit to the farm or get CSA information! 330-657-2924. LIKE them on Facebook too

Halko’s Spring Hill Farm
Alan will be returning to the Countryside Farmers’ Market this year with his impeccably perfect produce! He is also adding to his CSA so swing by his booth at the market or give him a call for more information. 330-523-0590

Neitenbach Farm
Do you love herbs? Do you want to learn more about the relationship between our bodies and the foods we eat? Pamela and AJ  Neitenbach  offer a truly unique approach to farming and CSA programs. Visit them at the Farmers’ Markets and check out their Face book page.

Sarah’s Vineyard
The annual Summer Solctice Festival is just around the corner! Check out the region’s best wine festival!
Thinking a glass of wine and gorgeous view would go good right about now? How about a homemade wood fired pizza? Check them out: 330-929-8057

The Spicy Lamb Farm
There is always something to do at the Spicy Lamb! Check out their events here: and LIKE them on Facebook for daily farm happenings, regional news on sheep grazing and agriculture, as well as fun musings and photos!

The Trapp Family Farm
Out of the gate running, the Trapp farm is really coming along! Stop by their farm for fresh eggs and pick up some information about their Food Guild memberships! 1019 W. Streetsboro Rd. (Rt 303) in Peninsula. The Trapp farm also had a mention in the NY Time’s  Jonathon Sawyer  article:

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 for an appointment.

Greenfield Berry Farm
CSA shares are still available and those interested can find more information at or email us for a flyer at

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:
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 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  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  or  You can also contact Neitenbach Farm at 330.321.9026 or 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 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 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
Don’t forget to friend on facebook (  or join our mailing list ( 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.

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

Family Traditions – Katie Myers-Griffith

I am not sure when, how, and why certain activities become traditions, but what I am sure of is the fact that our family traditions are something that I look forward to every holiday season.  My sister and I were sitting at the table trying to think of some of our family’s traditions, and my brother-in-law reminded me that our family has so many traditions…

Since Thanksgiving Day is still fresh in my mind, I will begin there.  Early in the morning, the ladies rise to make sure the turkey is ready to go in the oven.  tableSimultaneously, the men and boys are rising and preparing to hunt.  Rabbit hunting, every Thanksgiving morning.  The funny thing is, for quite a few years, the boys were coming back home empty-handed.  We ladies started to wonder what is actually happening at these rabbit hunts – that happen to take place on the best Greek baker’s farm in Spencer, Ohio?  After talking to said baker, we discovered the truth to these hunting trips.

Yes, the hunters arrive early (dressed in orange game vests and camo) to look for rabbits, but after about an hour…they all head back to the homestead for fresh (and requested) pie!  Oh yes, this baker actually calls them ahead of time to make sure that she is baking the right kind of pies;  Apple, Cheery, Pumpkin, Peach and even the occasional Rhubarb!  As the years have passed, and now that the secret is out, ALL of the men in the family, hunters and non-hunters, go rabbit hunting Thanksgiving morning!

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This year, the young hunters did come home with rabbits – to be smoked for Christmas dinner!

Another tradition at our house is simple, but fun!  Personalized name cards.  Creating these name cards has always been the job of the youngest, but capable girl in the family.  This year, my 18 year old niece was passing the job and tradition down to her 6 year old cousin!  In addition to the name cards, we have drinking glasses (12 of them) depicting the 12 Days of Christmas, and we must designate a glass to a person.  Hours of laughter fill the desicion- making process.  Who will be the lords a-leaping? One last, but very delicious tradition that we enjoy…raising our own Thanksgiving bird and other dishes at the table.   I look forward to carrying down traditions and making new ones.

What are some of your family traditions?