July 23, 2016

Partly sunny

Farms, food, wares, pioneer portrayals on display this weekend

From pioneers to agriculture to wine, this year’s Fall Foliage Tour has offerings for everyone in the family.

“Literally, there is something for everyone,” said Shelley Tender, who serves on the tour’s planning committee. “It’s different every year, so it’s a fresh experience.”

This year the tour follows a circular route, starting in Medina and moving clockwise through Brunswick and the townships of Granger, Hinckley and Liverpool. These areas will not be toured this way again until 2016.

Participation is free, but activities, food and products may require purchase.

The foliage tour has been a tradition since 1968. Each year, the tour takes place in another section of Medina County, it attracts thousands of people each year, Tender said.

“There’s good color this year,” she said, “so I expect a good turnout.”

The stops on the tour are:

• 1: Pioneers in the Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road, Lafayette Township
Filled with actors portraying the colonial era, this stop is included every year. Actors will demonstrate colonial skills and vendors will sell food and crafts. Children can play pioneer games, while parents can enjoy bluegrass music.

• 2: Beriswill Farm & Farm Market, 2200 Station Road, Liverpool Township
Take a hay wagon ride through a farm that’s been operational for four generations. Afterward, check out the home-grown produce sold at the market, or maybe stop by the corn maze. Pets are not permitted at this location.

• 3: Hill Haven Farm & Greenhouse, 7842 Center Road, Liverpool Township
Since 1971, this water farm has been wowing visitors. The farm includes pond flowers, colorful fish and farm animals. There’s a floral and gift shop for visitors to pick up herb displays, floral arrangements and antiques.

• 4: Jilbert Winery, 1496 Columbia Road, Liverpool Township
This historic winery specializes in Ohio honey and grape wines. Located in a dairy barn built in 1905, the winery houses a gift shop, dining areas and patio, as well as tours. Wine-tastings are available. Pets are not welcome.

• 5: Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, Brunswick
Visit the past at Heritage Farm with re-enactments from the 18th and 19th centuries. The farm boasts hayrides, musical entertainment, food and drinks.

• 6: Spring Mist Farms, 691 Pearl Road, Brunswick
Children can ride ponies and families can take horse-drawn wagon rides at Spring Mist Farms. Other animals will be available to pet and feed. The 45-acre farm has been in the family for three generations.

• 7: Hillside Orchard, 2397 Center Road, Hinckley Township
Families can enjoy apple trees and pumpkin patches at this farm, started in 1948. Produce and baked goods will be on sale, and families can take horse-drawn or tractor hayrides. Pets are not permitted.

• 8: Pick n’ Save Orchard, 1222 Ledge Road, Granger Township
Visitors can pick their own fruit and learn about honey collection and cider creation. A carriage ride through the orchards will showcase fruit trees and berry bushes. Honey, jam, cider and syrup will be on sale.

• 9: Worden Heritage Homestead, 895 Ledge Road, Hinckley Township
Families can take a hike through the woods to view stone carvings at Worden Ledges. A homestead will model how homes were furnished in 1862. Antique farm equipment will be on display as well.

• 10: Medina County District Library’s Highland branch, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township
For the first time, the Highland Library will be included. There will be historical re-enactments and quilters. The library also will host a book sale, crafting events and tours.

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