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Down on the farm

Tours to East Canton farms draw 1,500 visitors

Published: October 14, 2016 10:00 AM
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The Stark County Farm Bureau's 27th annual drive-it-yourself farm tour made its way to the East Canton area on Oct. 2.

The tour had more than 1,500 visitors make stops at five different farms. A farm tour bingo game was held during the day with a chance for visitors to win a family fun pack worth more than $250.

One of the stops was Brown Brothers Farms, a free range poultry operation, which raises 4,500 broilers and 750 turkeys, according to the farm tour's website. It was founded in 2012 by Bill Brown.

Pero Dairy Farms in East Canton attracted visitors along the way. Third generation farmer Randy Pero, his wife Kristy and their children milk 140 Holstein dairy cows on their 150-acre land.

Red Star Veterinary Clinic operated by Trisha Pugh welcomed guests during the tour. The red building, formerly a driving range and ice cream shop along Route 30, opened in 2014.

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Indian Run Church and Mapleton Cider Mill were the other two stops. Visitors took a hay ride from Indian Run to see the cider mill. The community garden was the attraction for Indian Run visitors.

The church's senior high youth group began the garden in 200 when it planted potatoes and donated 500 pounds of them to a food ministry. The church has since expanded the garden to include other produce and now has a goal of growing 10,000 pounds.

At the cider mill, visitors saw the operation owned by the Riley family in Osnaburg Township. It features a cider press where customers can bring their own homegrown apples.

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