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Sunday, June 30, 2013

2013 Farmers Markets

Just thought I would do a post about our three farmers markets that we are attending this year.  This year we are selling at Valley City Farmers Market on Saturday, Brunswick Farmers Market on Sunday, and Akron General Farmers Market on Tuesday.

Valley City Farmers Market
This is the 6th year that we have sold at Valley City Farmers Market.
It is on Saturday from 9am till noon and is located at Liverpool Township Depot
6615 Center Road, Valley City, Ohio

Our table at Valley City Farmers Market

 A view of Valley City Farmers Market

Brunswick Farmers Market
This is the first year for Brunswick Farmers Market, so it is still growing and every week there has been new vendors attend the market.
It is on Sunday from noon till 4pm and is located at the Brunswick Heritage Farm
4613 Laurel Road, Brunswick, Ohio

 Vendors at this market set up both outside of the barn and inside the barn.  Our first week at Brunswick Farmers Market we set up inside the barn but now we have been setting up outside.


Akron General Farmers Market
This is our first year at this market and I believe the 3rd year for the actual market.
It is on Tuesday from 3pm till 6 pm and is located at Akron General Medical Center
4125 Medina Road, Akron, Ohio

Our table at Akron General Farmers Market

 A view of some of the vendors at Akron General Farmers Market

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Another Brunswick Farmers Market Article

Here is another article from the front page of the Brunswick Sun about the farmers market, and yes my picture was on the front page!

Here is a link to the article on the Brunswick Sun's webpage:  http://www.cleveland.com/brunswick/index.ssf/2013/06/suspect_skies_aside_first_brun.html#incart_river  

One thing is for sure lately my lettuce has been moving like crazy so I you are interested in some, you better come to the market early.


Suspect skies aside, first Brunswick farmers market gets green thumbs-up

'Sam' Boyer, Sun News By 'Sam' Boyer, Sun News
on June 19, 2013 at 7:36 AM, updated June 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM


KL3290620c.jpgView full sizeApril Barszcz, a proud farmer who calls her business Real Veggies Farm, was on hand for the first Brunswick Area Historical Society farmers market Sunday.

The first farmer’s market at Brunswick’s Heritage Farm went well despite Mother Nature’s decision to act up on Sunday. Seven vendors were on hand June 16 and more are scheduled as the growing season gets into full gear. Most of the vendors chose to set up inside the big barn rather than face the brisk winds and threat of rain. 

Organizers from the Brunswick Area Historical Society are also hoping that next week and beyond, almost everyone can set up outside along the paved drive at the farm.

April Barszcz of Real Veggie Farms sold out of lettuce — and she came with a whole host of varieties, most of which were totally new to shoppers. She also had vegetable jellies made with peppers and herbs, so a visit to her stand was quite interesting.

“I wasn’t sure how much to bring to the first one,” the Brunswick resident said, “so next week, I will harvest more. She may also have more herbs, onions and peas at this early stage. People were so interested in her food varieties that they even enjoyed looking at pictures of what is to come — “Depending on rain and bugs,” she reminded them.

Anne Cooper of Sunset Meadow Farm, who is a veteran of farmers markets, said the first day went very well. Her packages of brownies, herbs, honey and other items went quickly. She had fun explaining quail, duck and turkey eggs and their differences from chicken eggs. She hopes to bring more next week along with other products they come into season. She is also planning to bring some animals from her farm throughout the season.

Kamil Khoury of Valley Farm Market toughed it out in the outside with a variety of vegetables and is hoping to expand to all Ohio grown items as the season progresses.

Nancy Page was on hand spinning yarn and providing a wide variety of handmade items and drew an audience of youngsters throughout the day as she explained what she was doing at the spinning wheel.
Kristina Ousley, who also braved the outside weather, had beautiful tie-dyed shirts and other products, plus handmade jewelry.

Sharon Jackson brought her own decorative wood items and will be happy to be out of doors next week where the lighting will be beneficial.

KL3280620c.jpgView full sizeNancy Page sets up her display of hand-spun yarn and other items.

Dean Tada not only has a computer repair and consulting business, but also does karaoke productions. He set up his table to allow other Brunswick residents to get to know him. On July 14, he will hold a karaoke songfest and invites singers of all ages to come and join in.

Several community gardeners, whose gardens are located at Heritage Farm, have expressed interest in selling what they hope will be an overabundance of produce.

Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, will hold its farmers market from noon to 4 p.m. each Sunday through Oct. 6. Other special events during that time will be Darrell and Friends county/bluegrass concert on July 21 and a yard sale on Aug. 17 and 18.

Anyone who would like to set up can come to the farm between 11 a.m. and noon any Sunday. Cost is $5. For information, email brunswickareahistory@gmail.com or call 330-558-6894.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Our Lettuce Mixes

Here is a list of most of our bagged salad mixes that we have available at our markets right now:

Romaine and Lettuce Salad Mix

Contains leaf lettuces such as:  Black Seeded Simpson and Red Sails.
Romaine:  Red Romaine and Baby Romaine.

The romaine adds a little different taste and texture to the salad.




Looseleaf Lettuce Salad Mix

Contains leaf lettuces such as:  Black Seeded Simpson, Red Sails,
Royal Red, Prizehead and some others.

This mix is a combination of the large looseleaf lettuce types.  Perfect for those who just like regular lettuce.


Ark of Taste Lettuce Mix

Contains lettuces such as:  Grandpa’s Admire’s, Speckled, Tennis Ball, and Amish Deer Tongue.

All these lettuces are on the Ark of Taste List, a organization that established to preserve rare vegetables, fruits, etc. that are of exceptional taste.  And this mix is definitely exceptional!


Spicy Salad Mix

Contains lettuces such as:  Black Seeded Simpson, and Red Sails.
Contains spicy greens such as:  Ruby Red Mustard, Golden Frill Mustard and Suehlihnug Mustard.

If you like mustard greens and spicy food this is the mix for you.
We also sell mustard greens, in bunches so you can also buy them that way, and add them to whichever other mix you wish.

Lettuce and Greens Salad Mix

Contains lettuces such as:  Black Seeded Simpson and Red Sails.
Greens such as:  Swiss Chard, Red Russian Kale, Dinosaur Kale, Green Leaf Gailan, and Bulls Blood Beet Greens.

Greens add a little extra taste to the salad, to make it a little different than the average salad with just lettuce.



Just Lettuce Salad Mix

Contains lettuces such as:  Black Seeded Simpson, Red Sails, Royal Red, Bronze Arrowhead, Mascara, Dark Lolla Rossa, Tango, and Prizehead.

The above are just some of the lettuces that are in our just lettuce mix.  This year we have well over a dozen different varieties of lettuces that we grew, a lot of new varieties and some of our regulars.

Together these lettuces are such a beautiful combination of colors and shapes.



 Lettuce and Herb Salad Mix

Contains lettuces such as:  Black Seeded Simpson and Red Sails.
Herbs such as: Lemon Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Sweet Basil, Licorice Basil, Lemon Balm, and Chervil


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Brunswick Farmers Market

Here is a article form the Brunswick Sun Times about the Brunswick Farmers Market that will be beginning this Sunday June 16th.

Here is a link to the actual article: http://www.cleveland.com/brunswick/index.ssf/2013/06/brunswick_area_growers_will_br.html


Brunswick area growers will bring harvest to Heritage Farms

'Sam' Boyer, Sun News By 'Sam' Boyer, Sun News
on June 07, 2013 at 7:27 AM

The first Farmer’s Market sponsored by the Brunswick Area Historical Society is beginning to take shape, according to Joyce Petchler, treasurer of the Historical Society.

The Farmer’s Market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays starting June 16 at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, which is about a half-mile west of Pearl Road. “This is our first year, so everything is new to us and I hope people will take that into consideration,” Petchler said.

Added City Manager James Lukas: “This is a long-awaited and requested event for the community. Over the past two years, I have been frequently asked about how we can get a farmers market established for the convenience and health of our residents. Bob McCafferty approached me about this a year or so ago and took the lead on an initial farmers market. And now, what a great opportunity to expand it even further! In working together with our Historical Society, this is another win-win — it will provide our residents with healthy choices in their purchases and the Historical Society with another means to raise funds for their project.”

McCafferty helped the Society with its initial setup and lots of great advice.

Several vendors have already committed to coming to the market including April Barszcz, of Real Veggies Farm. A Brunswick native, Barszcz not only has almost always had a garden at her family’s home but has a two-acre garden in Lafayette Township where she grows a huge variety of vegetables.

“I’ve always loved farming,” she said, “and a few years ago I began to think about selling because I had so much extra.” She now is a regular at the Valley City Farmers Market on Saturdays and said she is excited that she’ll be doing the same in her home town.

In the first few weeks, there will be limited produce from local growers but Barszcz will have a variety. “Of course due to unpredictable weather and bugs nothing is 100 percent guaranteed, but as of now I should have lots of lettuce and bagged salad mixes for the first week. Those include: just lettuce mix, lettuce and greens salad mix, looseleaf lettuce mix, lettuce and herbs salad mix, arc of taste lettuce mix, spicy salad mix, a little bit of everything mix, bagged salad and stir fry greens, spinach, kale bunches, Swiss chard bunches, mustard green bunches, collard bunches, white, yellow and red scallions, garlic scapes, yellow snow peas, basil (10 different varieties) such as sweet basil, lemon basil, opal (purple) basil and cinnamon basil, parsley, sage and other herbs, celery, herb jellies and red onion jelly.

Learn more about her farm at realveggiesfarm.blogspot.com/.
Another vendor coming from Broadview Heights is Frank and Lily Handmade Soap, a small, family-owned business whose mission is to make really great soap. “Officially begun in 2012, we have grown due to the loyalty of our fabulous customer base,” explains Bob Reszler, who, as a middle school teacher, occasionally received gifts from appreciative students and their families. One particular gift that generated plenty of curiosity on Bob’s part was handmade soap. He found it so much better than the ordinary store-bought brands. A constant tinkerer at heart, Bob decided to investigate what made these handmade soaps different. Two years of research, investigation and test batches finally produced the wherewithal to become a professional saponifier ( someone who turns the raw materials of soapmaking, into to soap, and sells it in the marketplace).

“As for the name, how does someone named Bob come up with Frank and Lily? During one of those family brainstorm sessions,” he said, “we were discussing the options, none of which were conjuring up consensus. As puppies do, Frank and Lily, both less than six months old, were demanding attention. Someone suggested Frank and Lily and the rest is history. It just clicked! Since then we have conjured up 72 varieties bar soap, arranged into four categories based on the soap base formula.”

More is available at the website frankandlily.com.
Vendors are welcome to just come, sign in and set up. Members of the Historical Society will be in the barn starting at 11 a.m. to sign people in. Cost is $5 per week for vendors (there is no admission charge for shoppers). For both vendors and buyers, there is plenty of free parking on either side of the farmhouse.

For more information about the market or to request information on becoming a vendor, call 330-558-6894 or e-mail brunswickareahistory@gmail.com.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Valley City Farmers Market Begins!

Just wanted do a quick post to let everyone know that this Saturday June 8th will be the start of the Valley City Farmers Market!  It will be from 9am till noon.

We should have lots of bagged lettuce and salad varieties available such as:
Just Lettuce Mix
Spicy Salad Mix
Lettuce and Greens Salad Mix
Ark of Taste Mix
Lettuce and Herbs Salad Mix
Loose Leaf Lettuce Mix
A Little Bit of Everything Mix

We should also have kale and collard bunches, spinach, scallions, garlic scapes, onion bread, and white sandwich bread.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Memorial Day Planting

I just realized that I did not do a post about our Memorial Day planting.  This year it was actually kind of sad because Memorial Day was pretty much the beginning of our warm weather crop planting, that is besides one row of beans, potatoes and sweet potatoes.  The real depressing thing was that this year we had a frost two days in a row, just a couple of days before Memorial Day.  Even thought we had really warm weather just before those last two frosts I just had a felling that we were going to get a late frost this year, which is why I had not really started planting any of my warm weather crops as early as I normally do, and boy was I glad I hadn't.  Anyhow here are some pictures from how we spend our memorial day.

Frank planting cherry tomatoes (somewhere around 200 plants)

Everything in this picture was planted on Memorial Day weekend, basil, cherry tomatoes, mustard greens, celery, and swiss chard.

Frank cutting hops for the row covers to go over.

Plants in picture from left to right
One row of collards, two rows of kale, swiss chard under row cover, then tomatoes.  Celery, mustard greens and basil are also planted in this area you can not exactly tell, but they are in the picture.

Farm Spiders

So lately whenever I have been tilling I have been noticing a lot of these cool spiders.  Which I am excited about because of coarse spiders eat bugs, and anything that eats the bad bugs that sometimes haunt me during the growing season, is very much welcome at my farm. 

I did some searching online and had a hard time finding the exact spider but I believe it is some kind of wolf spider.  I could not find any for sure information about what the exact species is, but from what I could find, I believe it is a hogna helluo wolf spider.

Here are some interesting things I learned about wolf spiders in my search for this cool guy:

Wolf spiders do not build webs instead they stalk their prey.
Here is a crazy one.  They actually have 8 eyes!  Four very small ones across the front, two large ones behind that and and then two medium ones behind the large ones.  Since they do not build webs they use their excellent sight to hunt for prey. 
Males do not live for more than a year but females may live for about 3 years.
I read that if they get enough of food they can produce several clutches of eggs each year.  So I say get eating spiders!
Another interesting thing is males perform courtship displays by waving around their legs to attract the females.
I almost picked one of these guys up the other day and good thing I didn't because I found out that they do bite and have venom also.  Although it is not enough to kill a person, but from what I read it can hurt pretty good.
One site that I came across said that you can shine a flashlight around at night and the wolf spiders eyes will shine in the light (kind of like frogs I am assuming).  I will have to try this some time soon.  If it does work it would be cool just so see how many spiders I have handing around out at the farm.

Here is a cool site that I came across, it shows picture of all the beneficial bugs and tells about them, good page.   http://upnorthfarm.wordpress.com/beneficial-insects/