KIRTLAND, Ohio – It started out as three Ohio farms in the early 1800s, and in its present form it has played a role in countless happy family memories.
We are referring, of course, to the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland. Today, May 19, is the 25th anniversary of its founding. And, while in the 1800s, the park produced crops such as corn, hay and oats and its farmers raised sheep and cattle, today Farmpark is raising an appreciation of farming to our urban and suburban families.
Where else can you spend the day among horses, sheep, pigs, chickens, llamas and alpacas. Or see tractors – modern and antique? Or till and plant a field? Or milk a cow?
The original farmland was sold to Lake Metroparks in 1987. The Farmpark as we know it opened to the public in 1990. They still raise and produce many of the original agricultural products that the original family farms produced, including maple sugar, apples and milk from the dairy cows. But as they like to put it, their main crop these days is “the many experiences that educate and enliven the visitors who visit Farmpark and learn a little about the past, present and future of their food.”
Happy quarter of a century, Farmpark!
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is open Tuesday through Sunday year-round 9 am to 5 pm. Click here for more information.
Check out the photo gallery above, for pictures of Farmpark then and now.