One would think that after living in a rather small community for 43 years, there would not be many new places to discover. That is not the case for our rapidly growing and changing township. The best part of writing “Around Brimfield” is connecting with people and learning about their stories. We are all neighbors, and it is said that a good neighbor is a found treasure.
I discovered a new treasure a few weeks ago when I was perusing Facebook and noticed a post about a newly opened store, Scott Farm Market and Greenhouse at 1977 Meloy Road. I remembered in years past, our family bought our Halloween pumpkins from Jim and Doris Scott, who lived on Meloy Road and wondered if it could be the same farm. Indeed, it was the one that our children fondly remember, but it has passed to the next generation, and they are doing amazing things to expand the farm.
I don’t generally drive through that area, so I was surprised to see a newly constructed farm market. Kevin and Melanie Scott now own the farm, store and greenhouses. Their son, Nick, helped Kevin build the store and is responsible for growing produce in the greenhouses. Daughter, Lindsey Scott Crihfield (yes, this is spelled correctly), teaches second grade at Bio-Med and helps out in the store. According to Kevin and Melanie, who were very friendly, “We specialize in LOCAL!” Meeting new “neighbors” was delightful, and the market promises to be a community treasure.
The store is closed on Mondays and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. There will be an official grand opening on Saturday, April 29.
Products they stock include Scott Farm beef and pork, Old Forge Dairy cheese, eggs, Joe Pozuc’s maple syrup, produce, Buckeye Country Creamery A2-A2 dairy products, and more! Additional products will be available as the seasons change.
Having no idea what A2-A2 meant, I did some research and discovered that A2-A2 milk refers to milk that only contains one type of protein — A2 beta-casein. Most milk that is purchased in a store contains both the A1 and A2 beta-casein. According to the label from Buckeye Country Creamery, “A2-A2 milk comes from cows that have a specific, more digestible protein. Many people who experience discomfort or get ill from regular milk can drink A2-A2 milk without any negative side effects.” Who knew!? I’ve never had issues drinking regular milk, but of course, I had to try it, and I will say that the chocolate milk was the best I have ever tasted. So, if you want to find a new neighbor, check out Scott Farm Market and Greenhouse.
Speculation about the opening of Aldi is still going wild on Facebook and on various neighborhood watch sites. March 6 has come and gone, and the building is still empty. Regardless of what people post, there is no official opening date yet. I used to define “eternity” as “the time it takes to potty train a child”; now I define it as “the time until Aldi opens.”
Brimfield Parks and Recreation news
The Brimfield Parks and Recreation Department now has its own Facebook page. Check it out!
The Honeychuck and Carter pavilions at Lions Community Park are now equipped with electrical outlets and lighting and can be rented for events. Pavilion rental fees are $25/half day or $50/full day for Brimfield residents and $35/half day and $60/full day for non-residents.
Looking ahead, on Saturday, May 13, Brimfield residents can bring unwanted e-waste, scrap metal and large items to Lions Community Park for disposal. Participants may be asked to show proof of residency and must be able to lift items into collection bins.
Looking for a fun and educational summer camp for your child? Join Brimfield Township Parks and Rec for a 3-day nature camp, taking place at the Brimfield Community Center from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Each camp is organized by age and packed with nature-themed games and activities. The dates are as follows: June 21-23 for ages 6-7, July 18-20 for ages 8-9, and August 15-17 for ages 10-11. The cost is $50, and each camp will be limited to 10 children. Register at https://brimfieldohio.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/ or call 330-678-0739 Ext. 1470.
The Brimfest Parade will be resurrected for the 2023 Brimfest celebration and will take place on Saturday, September 23. It is being organized by resident Mary Ridenour, with assistance from the township. As in the past, it will honor veterans. More information will follow.
Upcoming Brimfield Parks and Recreation programs and other events:
Thursday, March 23: 8 p.m. Fourth Annual Amphibian Hike at Lions Community Park (4484 Edson Rd.) Wear waterproof boots and bring a flashlight to enjoy the sights and sounds of frogs, toads and salamanders.
Saturday, April 1: 10 a.m. Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Kelso House for children 12 and under. This is a free event sponsored by the Brimfield Historical Society. For more information, call 330-673-1058.
Friday, April 7: 10-11 a.m. Ohio Baby Animals Program at the Brimfield Community Center. Learn about native animals and their offspring.
Food for thought: “When strangers start acting like neighbors…communities are reinvigorated.” -Ralph Nader
We are all someone’s neighbors, and as Mr. Rogers would say, “make it a beautiful day in your neighborhood.”
Until next time…Got news? Share it by contacting Shirley Mars at 330-673-0241 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going forward, “Around Brimfield” will appear on or about the first Monday of each month.