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The Spicy Lamb Farm Celebrates the Abundance of Life with Local Food, Fiber, and Fun

The Spicy Lamb Farm raises seed stock production Dorset sheep, free range Rouen duck, bees, organic varieties of apples, pears, and plums, spicy herbs and vegetables, and flowers.  We invite you to enjoy our gourmet lamb and duck, honey, fruit, spices, and flowers which are sold off the farm by appointment. Our wool blankets, yarns, roving, and fiber crafts are available at the farm during special events and at the Yellow Creek Trading Company in Peninsula.

This Cuyahoga Valley National Park farm is also the home of the Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials, a proud sponsor of Urban Shepherds, and a North Coast Lamb Co-Op member.

We welcome visitors only for our annual special events. Appointments are needed to shop for products. We are a small family farm which makes non-scheduled visits impossible when we are tending our livestock and working.

"A farm should be aesthetically, aromatically, and sensuously appealing. A place that is attractive to the senses. A farm shouldn't be producing ugly things. It should be producing beautiful things. We're going to eat them." --- Darwin Kelsey

Farm News

2018 Calendar of Events:

  • Sheep at Trinity Cathedral: April 22nd
  • Sheep at Yellow Creek Trading Company: April 28th
  • Lyle Lad Sheep Dog Herding Clinic: May 5th/6th (Reservations required)
  • Sheep Return to Mutton Hill: May 12th
  • Wandering Aethetics Theatre Camp: July 9th-13th (Reservations required)
  • Farm-to-Table Dinner: August 25th (By reservation only)
  • Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials: October 13th/14th

Please contact us for availability and to place orders for lamb, duck, and other products.

Wool blankets, yarn, and other wool products are available from the farm or at Yellow Creek Trading Company in Peninsula. Please place your custom orders with the farm.

For those of you interested in agtourism, sheep will be back at Mutton Hill at the Perkins Mansion May 12th  through October 1st so you can visit with some of our flock and watch herding demonstrations there given by Edie Hardin Steiner. Please follow the Summit County Historical Society for more information on scheduled events.

For herding enthusiasts, Maurene Hillen will continue with Saturday herding classes and sheep rental for handlers by appointment. To schedule an appointment, email Maurene at Lyle Lad will be back the first weekend in May to give a herding clinic. And, Ken McCort will be joining us for the clinic and the trials to give a canine behavioural lecture at the clinic and trial pot lucks. We have grand ideas on how to grow the Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials and are looking for sponsors and volunteers.

Wandering Aesthetics will be holding a theater Summer Camp the Week of July 9th. The theme will be the Wizard of OZ: Lions and Tigers and Bears...OH, NO! Reservations required. They will also be performing A Play Within a Play on a Midsummer's Day at The Spicy Lamb Farm on Thursday, August 2nd & Friday, August 3rd @ 7 PM and Saturday, August 4th @ 2 PM.

Chef Larkin Rogers will be back to put on another fabulous farm-to-table dinner on Saturday, August 25th featuring duck and lamb. You can also schedule your own special event or meeting in our pavilion.

This year, the farm will be participating in educational programming through the Northcoast Lamb Co-Op. This group will meet quarterly on Wednesdays at 5:30 with guest speakers at 6, followed by a pot luck at 7. Veteran producers and beginning farmers are invited to come learn and network at these NE Ohio meetings. 

We will be leasing the old pasture at Camp Ledgewood this year and looking at doing some Saturday educational programming for Girl Scouts of NE Ohio. So troop leaders can check back.

We will be helping the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio’s Bellwether Farm in Wakeman as they start the sheep operation.

As always, we will working with the nonprofit Urban Shepherds to help start new urban grazing projects in Akron and Cleveland. Watch for new sites. Please consider supporting this organization. Your funding can help get these grazing projects off the ground.

Having celebrated ten years on the farm, we are planning for the next decade. We will be continuing to focus on the maternal characteristics of our seed stock production Dorsets. We are also considering expanding our operation to include a commercial Poly Pay flock.

We hope to replant our orchard with a new round of trees in 2019 and will be preparing for the planting in 2018. 

Barbara Gedeon of Josiah Lincoln Clouser Flower Farm will continue to grow flowers in our high tunnel hoop house and sell flower arrangements. To order fresh flowers or dried flowers, she can be reached at

Ed Pepera of Happy Thyme Garden Farm in Richfield will continue keeping bees at the farm. Honey will be available at the farm and at Yellow Creek Trading Company.

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