Portage Co. farms featured in Sept. 23 self-guided tour

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RAVENNA, Ohio – The 2001 Portage County Farm City Tour will highlight the diversity of family farms in the Mantua and Garrettsville area. The drive-it-yourself tour will take place Sept. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. and will include four unique family farms.

Included on this year’s tour will be Turos’ family farm, where visitors can see a 30-cow beef herd as well as sweet corn, pumpkins, corn and soybeans.

The Winchell family farm, the last dairy farm in the Garrettsville area, is also included. The family milks 45 head of Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle and raise crops. You can also plan to visit the retail greenhouse at the farm.

Eagle Creek Growers is a featured tour stop. The operation includes both wholesale and retail greenhouse businesses, where you will see thousands of mums and poinsettias ready for the fall and winter seasons.

Also plan to visit Goodell Farms, where you will be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with the family’s homemade maple candy and other maple syrup products. The farm, which also includes a dairy herd and fresh potato operation, is one of the oldest family farms in the Mantua area.

For more information of for a map and brochure, contact the Ohio State University extension office at 330-296-6432.

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