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See Cincinnati: Findlay Market

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Findlay Market is an area of many shops and is located on Race Street. You will be in for a great treat and is a spot that everyone in your family will enjoy.

Address: 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 665-4839

Website: http://www.findlaymarket.org

Hours: Findlay Market is open year round.

Monday OFF

Tuesday-Friday: 9am-6 pm

Saturday 8am-6pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

The Farmers Market is open seasonally-

Thursday 3pm-6 pm

Saturday 8am-2pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Parking is available, but there is a fee and spaces are limited. Most vendors accept only cash, so make sure you bring some with you. Also, bring a small cooler to take home any meat or produce you purchase for your ride home.

This historic market has all kinds of remarkable goods that you must go there at some point. Fresh meat can be purchased at reasonable prices. While on  a recent trip there I brought home a chicken that had been slaughtered just that morning; you can’t get any fresher than that! You will be tempted to purchase  plants, local produce, newly baked breads and baked goods, natural products, freshly made waffles, fabulous homemade soaps, yummy teas and coffees, and fresh spices to add to your favorite dishes. If you have little ones whose interest may wane before you are ready to leave have them look for the most unusual item they can find or the funniest name of something that is for sale. Believe me, there are some names of items that I had never heard of and had to ask how to pronounce!

There are also restaurants if you get a hankering to try something while you are there. These have menu items that range from ice cream to fresh grilled burgers to delicious gyros.

If you haven’t been to Findlay Market, pack up the family and head down there for a great time!

Source: Adventures Around Cincinnati

 

 

 

Adventures Around Cincinnati

I met Laura Hoevener, co-author of the book Adventures Around Cincinnati, a few months ago at a homeschool event and was tickled when we started talking about her book because  I thought this would be a great resource to pass along to you! I will post some sites throughout the year for you and your family to investigate throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area. Some are less known than others and I will start with one that I have not been to before.

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The American Sign Museum 513-541-6366

Address: 1330 Monmouth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45225

Website: http://www.signmuseum.org

Hours: Monday, Tuesday  OFF

Wednesday- Saturday 10am-4:00 pm

Sunday Noon- 4pm

Guided tours are at $2.00- schedule to ensure availability by going to website or calling.

Cost: $15.00 Adults,  FREE children 12 and under, $10.00 Seniors

This museum tells the story of signs, beginning with wooden ones all the up to the present. The collection has signs dating from 1890-1972 with a Main Street exhibit that sounds amazing. There is a section on neon signs and the bonus is that there is a company located in the building called Neonworks and you can watch the craftsmen work as they crate signs.

 

Gardening with Children

FullSizeRenderSpring is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but one is that I love planting a garden. Growing fresh produce is a wonderful way to teach your children about plants and the responsibility of taking care of them. You also know that you are growing food that is safe and free of harmful chemicals.

Maybe you have been thinking about growing some veggies, but you are not sure which ones to grow. May I make some suggestions?  Vegetables that like cool climates and can be sown directly into the soil now are loose leaf varieties of lettuce such as mesclun, salad bowl, and gourmet blend.  Spinach is another crop to plant now and can be harvested while the leaves are small or let them grow a little bit longer to enjoy in a spinach salad.

Beans are a nearly always a success and you can plant several crops throughout the growing season. Your children will be so excited to watch the beans form and once the small bean pods begin to form, it is a short time until  they are ready to be harvested.

If you don’t want to fool with vegetables that need to be harvested throughout the summer, why not plant some pumpkin seeds? I will warn you, though, they need a lot of room! My neighbor’s entire garden was taken over by pumpkin plants last year, but she had some amazing pumpkins for her grandchildren and the neighborhood.

If you have poor drainage you can create a “raised bed” by creating a hill of dirt that is 3 to 4 inches high and planting your seeds in the middle of the hill. Bush cucumbers are recommended to be planted that way and I think I will try my hand at growing zucchini this way too.

Here are some resources for planting your own garden this year.

My First Garden This has great information that you will find useful in beginning your garden.

Another great website is called Serenata Flowers, which has lots of information and websites for you to enjoy.

High Mowing Seeds is an organic seed company that has more seeds than you have room for in your garden!

The Garden Hoard is a small seed company that I have used in the past and love their selection of heirloom tomatoes and other veggies. They also have flower seeds and I am looking forward to sowing some Hollyhock seeds along my garden fence. Katie, the owner, sent me some complimentary seeds that I am excited to try. I reordered a black tomato called Black Krim that I grew two years ago. I gave these tomatoes to friends and relatives and they have begged me to grow them again this year. I am looking forward to eating them too as they are less acidic and delicious to eat right off the vine. yum! I have included a picture so you can see what the Black Krim tomato looks like.

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City Goggles: Places to visit in the area

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Don’t you just love when you have pleasant surprises? Well, today was just the day when I received one. I am on a homeschool forum and one of the moms posted a link to her son’s page concerning places to visit here in the Greater Cincinnati area. I was intrigued by the miniatures museum and went to check it out.

Cory Woodruff is a student at DAAP at the University of Cincinnati and chose to do his senior capstone project on coffee shops and various other places to enjoy in Southwestern Ohio and Northern/ Central Kentucky. Not only did his short clips make me want to visit the locations he chose to film, but I also found his angle shots interesting and his story lines intriguing.

The surprise that I had was when I looked at his gallery page and found that my son in Cory’s videos. Malcolm is representing Carabello Coffee, the shop that he has worked at for the past 2 years!  Carabello Coffee is a wonderful place to visit and get a great cup of coffee and nosh on sweets and delicious Bella Pops.  I am posting the link to Cory’s project so you can enjoy all the clips. City Goggles Be sure to check out the statue video as well. He has history links to each of the statues and you can incorporate this into your history studies.

Perhaps some of your children are interested in film and are exploring career and hobby possibilities. I hope to have an interview with Cory in the near future.  🙂

Summer Activities for All

Yay! Summer is here and it’s time to explore! This week I will feature local parks, but even if you don’t live in Cincinnati, you can still find a park near your home. Better still, come for a visit to our town!

  • Go on a nature walk/hike. Take along a notebook and find a spot to stop and draw something is of interest. It can be a plant or an animal such as a bird. Pack some identification books to help you with unknown plants and animals.
  • Play on a new playground. Tired of the same ol’ playground in your area? How about finding a different one to take the children to play? It will seem like a mini vacation, but you’ll be home in time for dinner. 🙂
  • Exercise! Pull the plug on the video games and electronics and go for a bike ride or a long walk. Both of the Hamilton County Parks I have listed below also have horse trails if you feel adventurous.

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Local Parks

The Cincinnati Parks Foundation has three amazing parks along the Ohio River that are family friendly and give your children the chance to run and play. Not only is there a playground along the walkway, but there are a few large water fountains that your children can play in, and a carousel you can pay to ride. The Waterfront Parks system consist of three major Cincinnati Parks: Theodore M. Berry International Park,  Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove and the  Smale Riverfront Park that is by the Great American Ballpark so you can go and catch a Reds game after you are finished playing.

Hamilton County Parks has done a fantastic job of providing green space in the greater Cincinnati area.  There is a motor vehicle fee to get into the park and you may either purchase a day pass for $3.00 or an annual pass of $10.00 that will give you access to all of the county parks and includes discount coupons to use throughout the park system.

Parky’s Farm has a fully functional farm with horses, goats, chickens,sheep, and bees. There is a garden for children to see and trails to meander along. The barn and outdoor pens allow children to see the animals up close.  If you take some extra money with you, your children can take a horse ride or play in the indoor playground.  Parky’s Farm is a part of Winton Woods that has an outdoor spray park and playground. Bring along a fishing pole to cast your line from either shore or a rental boat. There is also a pontoon boat to take a cruise along the lake. If you’d like to spend the night, there is also a camp site or small cabins to rent.

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Miami Whitewater Forest is  beautiful and is the largest park in county. While it does have an amazing lake with fishing and boating, and a beautiful golf and frisbee golf course, it has something that no other county park has that is quite so nice.  It has a 7.8 mile hike/ bike path that meanders through the countryside (where I grew up) and has spurs off it as well so you can extend your biking experience if you like. If your children are not able to go on the long bike trail, there is a shorter inner trail that is 1.4 miles long.

My friends have a bike shop called West Trail Bikes and it is a quick jaunt off the bike path to their place on New Haven Road. You can rent or purchase a bike if you would like something different than the rentals that are offered at the park. There is a quaint country shop adjoining their shop and a little grocery store (that I worked at when I was in college) where you can get an ice cold drink and a snack. You can hop back on the bike trail at several points from the town of New Haven.

If you have never been to Miami Whitewater Park, make a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch, your swimsuits for the spray/ water park,  and a pair of binoculars for wildlife watching while you are hiking the many wooded trails. I don’t think you will be disappointed!

Metro Parks of Butler County has 10 great parks, but the newest park called Voice of America MetroPark is the one with which I am most familiar. There is a nice playground that is next to the air conditioned Wheelhouse, which has bathroom facilities and a vending machine to get snacks and drinks.

There is a nice sized lake and a walking/biking path along it. Fishing is allowed in certain areas and there are benches along the way to stop and rest or just enjoy the nature you will see. During the winter there is also a sledding hill, so be sure and visit then too!