Stark County 4 Farm Tour… On Your Own!

This will be an on your own event. grab a friend or two or it is great for you and your kids. Each farm is different ( the link below shows the farms and offers a basic map you can follow. ) do a search and find out what they each offer or be surprised like we will. it starts at 11 till 5 you go at your own pace and can do what may interest you like; hayrides, pony rides, tours, feeding the animals and so much more! Many of the farms offer food they produce. so make sure you bring money. they are doing it outside and some do not have a way to take credit. Some will offer food to eat. like hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cupcakes, pop, and water.This way I know this is short notice but we had just found out about the Portage and Stark farm bureau tours late last week. We attended the Portage one this last Saturday. We had a really great time. we got to see a bee farm, a goat cheese farm, an apple orchard, a horse boarding farm, and a huge family farm. Each year the bureau offers different farm tours for their county. It is a great way to see a few farms and getting some yummy foods they offer. http://www.starkfb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Stark-County-Farm-Bureau-Flyer.pdf

Food Canning Preservation Class

Have you ever gone to a class and all they do is give you hypothetical information and you felt lost or wanting to learn more? Canning can be so intimidating for the first timer. The worries of Botchalism because you did it wrong or maybe the worry of just forgetting some step and you wasted that 20 lbs of tomatoes. 

Join us as we have master gardener Mary  Ann Kasper show us how to use the hot water bath to make a batch of homemade applesauce. She will be giving tips and pointers as well going over the basics for pressure canning. 

We want help novice canners as well newbies to come explore the exciting world of canning. We are offering this class for free, we don’t want money to hinder you from learning this craft. However, we are grateful for donations. If you can help us to defer the costs incurred to offer these classes we will have a donation box available.   We will also have slips available to fill out for Timebank members that want to donate Time Credits. 

Side note…We will have a few basic handouts for you to take home but please bring a notebook for additional notes. Also, If you have friends that have mentioned they want to learn to can invite them to come along. 

December Christmas Themed Food Swap

This swap will have a Christmas theme, including cookies, candies, nut rolls, and other seasonal items.

A food swap event is where people meet to share homemade, homegrown, and foraged foods (including plant starts and seeds). No money changes hands but instead attendees bring items they wish to swap for other’s. Ingredient labeling is required as some people have allergies, etc.  Local and fresh food is preferred but bring what you feel comfortable with.  Each individual item should have a value of around $5.

Each unique item will have a sheet placed in front of it. During the “walking around” phase, swappers will write down what they are willing to trade for a given item (sheets will be provided). For example, if you have jars of jelly and you want a loaf of bread, you put down your name and “jars of jelly” on the bread sheet. During the swap phase, you find people who want your products and whose products you want. Sometimes you can get someone to trade even if they didn’t write down a bid on your sheet, but this is usually only if they have extra they don’t want to have to take home.

If this all sounds a little scary, feel free to attend as an observer to see how it’s done.

Here’s how to succeed at your first food swap.

Schedule:

6:30-7:00 Sign in and set up

7:00-7:30 Walk around, sample, and bid

7:30-8:00 Swap!

For additional questions, please contact kentfoodnotlawns@gmail.com

Free Range & Grass Fed… Tierra Verde Farm Tour

There is nothing better than grass fed beef, free range chickens and nitrate free pork (unless you are vegan of course)! Come join us as we tour the farm where Carol and I get a lot of our meat. Mike Jones, the owner, will take us around and show us how he raises his animals and cares for them… We may even get to meet our turkey we will be having for Thanksgiving dinner!!! We also asked Mike if he would open up his store after the tour to give everyone an opportunity to purchase what he as available. He raises all his beef, pork, chicken, and lamb All the meat is frozen so it is easy to transport home. He also has Maple syrup and Honey. Free range eggs and the most amazing beef sticks… yummmmmmmmm

Bring a cooler for your meat you buy and dress for the tour… boots, long pants, and maybe a jacket if it is raining or chilly.

http://www.tierraverdefarms.com/

Hootenanny Harvest Festival

All you can eat pig roast & burrito bar • stage shows • cash bar • beer making • natural building • kids area & activities • farm tours • raffle prizes • bonfire • open drum circle • nature hikes

Tickets available at your local City Fresh Stop, at the gate, George Jones Farm, or by phone (216.469.0904). $15/person Proceeds benefit City Fresh and George Jones Farm.

Flower Fun Event

An Evening of Flower Fun
Join me for an evening of hands-on flower fun

Barbara Eaton, veteran flower grower, will bring a car load of her
home-grown fresh-cut flowers. You get to choose the flowers you like
and make up to three bouquets to take home. Barb will share some of
her flower growing and bouquet making tips.

When: Tuesday, August 12, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kent Social Services, 1066 South Water Street, Kent Ohio

For more info about cost and registration visit www.flowerloveohio.weebly.com

Feel free to pass this invitation along to your friends and family

November Food Swap

A food swap event is where people meet to share homemade, homegrown, and foraged foods (including plant starts and seeds). No money changes hands but instead attendees bring items they wish to swap for other’s. Ingredient labeling is required as some people have allergies, etc.  Local and fresh food is preferred but bring what you feel comfortable with.  Each individual item should have a value of around $5.

Each unique item will have a sheet placed in front of it. During the “walking around” phase, swappers will write down what they are willing to trade for a given item (sheets will be provided). For example, if you have jars of jelly and you want a loaf of bread, you put down your name and “jars of jelly” on the bread sheet. During the swap phase, you find people who want your products and whose products you want. Sometimes you can get someone to trade even if they didn’t write down a bid on your sheet, but this is usually only if they have extra they don’t want to have to take home.

If this all sounds a little scary, feel free to attend as an observer to see how it’s done.

Here’s how to succeed at your first food swap.

Schedule:

6:30-7:00 Sign in and set up

7:00-7:30 Walk around, sample, and bid

7:30-8:00 Swap!

For additional questions, please contact kentfoodnotlawns@gmail.com

October Food Swap

A food swap event is where people meet to share homemade, homegrown, and foraged foods (including plant starts and seeds). No money changes hands but instead attendees bring items they wish to swap for other’s. Ingredient labeling is required as some people have allergies, etc.  Local and fresh food is preferred but bring what you feel comfortable with.  Each individual item should have a value of around $5.

Each unique item will have a sheet placed in front of it. During the “walking around” phase, swappers will write down what they are willing to trade for a given item (sheets will be provided). For example, if you have jars of jelly and you want a loaf of bread, you put down your name and “jars of jelly” on the bread sheet. During the swap phase, you find people who want your products and whose products you want. Sometimes you can get someone to trade even if they didn’t write down a bid on your sheet, but this is usually only if they have extra they don’t want to have to take home.

If this all sounds a little scary, feel free to attend as an observer to see how it’s done.

Here’s how to succeed at your first food swap.

Schedule:

6:30-7:00 Sign in and set up

7:00-7:30 Walk around, sample, and bid

7:30-8:00 Swap!

For additional questions, please contact kentfoodnotlawns@gmail.com