Summer 2015 Farmers’ Market Guide: Specialty Farms

    Some farmers diversify, delivering a wide range of goods to markets throughout the region. The four on the following pages decided to go the opposite way, focusing on a few very specific products and carving out their own niche markets. From twickle purple lavender to bee pollen, they’ve embraced specialization.

     

    Owl Creek Bison
    Specialty: Bison
    Location: Frankfort, Ohio
    Find ’em: Montgomery Farmers’ Market, Hyde Park Farmers’ Market
    Inspiration: “It’s just incredible to go out to our pasture and see a herd of bison in Southern Ohio. They look very gentle, and for the most part are. It’s so much healthier than beef. If you look at a nutritional comparison between bison and other meats, it’s lower in fat than beef, pork, chicken, even salmon.” —Jacqueline Patterson, co-owner

    Owl Creek Bison
    Owl Creek Bison

    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

    Owl Creek Bison
    Owl Creek Bison

    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

     

    Carriage House Farm
    Specialty: Honey and bee pollen
    Location: North Bend, Ohio
    Find ’em: Findlay Market, Northside Farmers’ Market, Wyoming Farmers’ Market
    Inspiration: “Between 2005 and 2007, we really started getting into bees. I went to a honey tasting and this gentleman had brought 75 different honeys. I knew there were these radical swings in flavor, but I didn’t realize just how diverse a lot of those flavors were. Everybody has bees and they all produce honey. But they all produce different honey. That’s absolutely fascinating.” —Richard Stewart, farm manager

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    Carriage House Farm

    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

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    Carriage House Farm

    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

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    Carriage House Farm

    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

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    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

     

    Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm
    Specialty: 10 varieties of lavender
    Location: Martinsville, Ohio
    Find ’em: Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, Loveland Farmers’ Market
    Inspiration: “It’s such a wonderful plant. It has so many healing benefits and properties. Lavender is really just amazing, so healing. It’s a natural antiseptic, it’s good for relaxation. Making the products the way that I make them, I can help people directly.” —Kym Prell, owner

    Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm
    Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm

    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

     

    Crowe Shiitake Mushrooms
    Specialty: Shiitake mushrooms
    Location: Moscow, Ohio
    Find ’em: Findlay Market
    Inspiration: “I’d been doing this as a hobby for about eight years, but now I’m addicted to it. There are four types of mushrooms that exist that are medicinal, that help kill cancer cells—shiitake, maitake, lion’s mane, and reishi. I just think if something is a little better for you, I’m game for that.” —Dickie Crowe, owner

    Crowe Shiitake Mushrooms
    Crowe Shiitake Mushrooms

    Photographs by Jonathan Willis

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