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 Shandy.in 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 www.peninsulahistory.org 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 https://www.facebook.com/BruntyFarms
Or visit their webpage: http://www.bruntyfarms.com/Brunty_Farms/Home.html

Canal Corners
Rumor has it they have asparagus available! Give them a call 216-624-3916 or visit their Facebool page https://www.facebook.com/CanalCorners?ref=ts&fref=ts  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! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/dining/replanting-the-rust-belt.html?pagewanted=all
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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greenfield-Berry-Farm/165503750751?fref=ts

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: http://www.thespicylamb.com/ and LIKE them on Facebook for daily farm happenings, regional news on sheep grazing and agriculture, as well as fun musings and photos! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Spicy-Lamb-Farm/173366318367

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: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/dining/replanting-the-rust-belt.html?pagewanted=all

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

13th Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit (Jan. 2013) – Katie Myers-Griffith

Did you know that Ohio has the largest gathering of Farmland Preservation Enthusiast in the Nation?  That’s right, each year the Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is held in Columbus, Ohio and 2013 is no different!  Save the date and plan on attending. Thursday January 17, 2013 at the Nationwide Ohio 4 H Center in Columbus, Ohio.  This year the focus is on farmers.  The agenda is packed with useful presentations and the keynote will be given by Denise Franz King, Director of the Office of Farmland Preservation at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  She will be discussing the “Localized Agricultural Easement Purchase Program; Building Local Capacity and Maximizing Resources”.

We will also hear from a panel of farmers discuss their preservation motivations, hurdles, and benefits.

Additional topics include:

  • Preservation Options for Farmland OwnersIMG_2845
  • Clean Ohio and My Farm
  • Oil & Gas Language in an Easement
  • Sources of Local Matching Funds
  • Using Agriculture as an Economic Development Tool
  • Understanding Federal Farmland Preservation Programs
  • Farm Income Opportunities from Natural Resources
  • Farm Business Succession Planning
  • Long-Tern Farmland Leases on Federal Property
  • Local Sponsor Certification and Scoring under the Local Ag Easement Purchase Program

This is a wonderful opportunity to network with farmers and local sponsors of farmland preservation.  Registration will open soon.  The cost of the summit is only $50..that includes a continental breakfast and hearty lunch!  If you have any questions please contact Mike Hogan at the Ohio State University, Fairfiled County.

Steering Committee Members/Organizations are Black Swamp Conservancy (Rob Krain), Countryside Conservancy (Katie Myers-Griffith), Fairfield Land Preservation Association (Christy George), MORPC (Brian Williams), The Ohio State University (Mike Hogan), Pickaway Progress (Stacey Sark), and Western Reserve Land Conservancy (Andy McDowell).

This Week in the Countryside

Winter may be on its way, but our Countryside Initiative Farms have plenty going on!

Here are a few current highlights passed along to us, along with links to all the Initiative farms here in Cuyahoga Valley National Park:

Goatfeathers Point Farm
Happy post-Thanksgiving! Thank you, to all of our Thanksgiving customers! It was great seeing you again! Hope you saw us on channel five before the holiday. Some great shots with Leon Bibb with the turkeys. Here is the link if you missed the airing:  http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/my_ohio/Talking-turkey-with-Summit-County-turkey-farmer-days-before-Thanksgiving.

One Large Black/Red Wattle heritage pig share available for mid-December. Cubed and ground freezer goat meat on special holiday pricing. Select freezer pork cuts available and turkey for herd share participants. Call 330-657-2726 for more information and availability. And fellow goat farmers – very fine breed bucks are ready for this season. Schedule a visit to see the beasts!photo (8)

Canal Corners Farm & Market

Canal Corners and The Lantern Theatre have a very special holiday event going on this year! They will present a barn reading of Dicken’s Christmas Carol! Click here to learn more!

Halko’s Spring Hill Farm

Alan Halko invites you to stop by his booth at Saturday’s Countryside Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School. He’ll be there with plenty of lettuce and specialty Asian Greens like Baby Bok Choy!

Connect with these Countryside Initiative Farms to see what they have available and to learn about their events, farm-stands and CSAs!

Basket of Life

Brunty Farms

Greenfield Berry Farm


Sarah’s Vineyard

The Spicy Lamb Farm

The Trapp Family Farm    330-657-2844 

Kossuth Farm ~ 

This week from the Countryside

Here’s some news from a few of the Countryside Initiative Farms:

Basket of Life Farm
We are doing a give-a way on a giant pumpkin on Facebook. Like the photo and you will be entered in a drawing for it on Friday, you would need to pick it up on our farm this weekend if you win, we will help you load. Also this weekend we will be having a “Pumpkin Blowout!” All pumpkins (except for three GIANT ones) will be $2-$5. So stop by the farm after market and get a few more pumpkins. (4965 Quick Rd, Peninsula.) When you are at the farm ask about our Fall CSA, we still have a couple spots, this share comes in three sizes and is a great deal heather@basketoflifefarm.com

Brunty Farms
Turkeys are getting big!  We are still taking orders for our pasture raised holiday turkeys (Thanksgiving and Christmas).  We have anywhere from 8-25 lbs available and they are $4.00/lb. All of our poultry is processed right here at the farm, just before the holiday, ensuring the most fresh and most delicious turkey for your dinner! Order here: http://www.bruntyfarms.com/Brunty_Farms/Order_Form-Turkey.html

In addition to holiday turkeys we will also have our hickory smoked, no nitrate added hams available.  We have halved (5-7 lbs) and whole (10-14 lbs) hams.  Order here: http://www.bruntyfarms.com/Brunty_Farms/Order_Form-Pork.html

Our retail area on the farm is open from 7a-8p Monday through Saturday and 11a-6p on Sunday.  We stock our pasture raised eggs, chicken and turkey, along with our pastured pork and lamb.  Stop out to the farm and say hello!

Stay tuned for updated 2013 CSA information coming next week!

Canal Corners Farm & Market 

Don’t miss your chance to join in the Fall Festivities!

Visit the farm for The Lantern Tours, Pumpkins and our November 3rd Square Dance! For more info call 216-624-3916 or visit The Lantern Theatre


 Goatfeathers Point Farm

It is fall! And, the bucks are ready! We offer the traditional black and white, brown and tri-color breed stock. Two to four years old with lineage documented for registration to the Myotonic Goat Registry. Call 330-657-2726 to visit the farm or to order frozen goat meat or pork. Also, call to reserve a holiday heritage Bourbon Red or Broad Breasted Bronze turkey. Akron Peninsula Road is open to Goatfeathers Point Farm and eggs are available. Have a great week!

Greenfield Berry Farm
Call us at 330-657-2924 for information about Pick-Your-Own Berry Season and about our 2013 CSA memberships.





The Trapp Family Farm
The farmstand is open on a non-rainy, honor-system basis.  Emily or I will still be running the stand on Thursday evenings (4pm until dark) if you prefer to stop and chat with us and others.  If another time works better, call our landline (330.657.2844) and wait for the message to see if we’re open or just stop over.