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Posted 8/5/2013 3:34pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.



Beekeeping is an exciting, educational, fun and enthralling - it is easy to catch the "buzz"! Mike and Don offer a wonderful series of classes from Basic to an actual hands of apprenticeship.

Our classes are rotational, so if you can't make a session on month, perhaps you can make a repeat class later in the season. Classes are held at Schooner Farms near Weston, Oh.

Click here to go to our Beekeeping Class Page

Click here to sign up 

Posted 7/15/2013 3:31pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

It was a MAGICAL evening


Incredible food - Ben and his crew did an OUTSTANDING JOB! What a menu! 



Our Guests were wonderful and we appreciate their support


We enjoyed a gorgeous day weatherwise - it was truly an amazing evening

Our Strawberry Jam


Distillation Process - Basil Hydrosol




photos by Chandra Vaughn

Posted 7/1/2013 12:27pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Can you say - YEAH! Next week we welcome a few new members and we welcome back our many returning members! I can't wait to see you! It has been a long time and I miss my peeps! Lots of new things this year to share! Look for your newsletter on Monday the 8th for the lowdown on the farm. 

This next week is going to be crazy - on Monday we have a photo shoot with "Ohio Magazine" on Becky and some scarecrows, Tuesday is our first pick up, Wed and Thursday will be spent doing normal stuff plus getting the farm spiffed up for Friday. Friday is the Farm to Fork supper and Sat. is our first pick up for Saturday members. I think Sunday we are going to relax a bit. 

See you soon!!


Posted 6/13/2013 5:57pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Our friends at The Happy Badger in BG will be hosting a dinner on the farm! We are super excited and know it will delish! If you have never been to The Happy Badger - please take the time to pop in for a meal - Ben and Sarah are wonderful, the food delish and the atmosphere relaxed. 

Hello Everyone, I am extremely excited to announce our first RSVP dinner of the Summer. 
Perhaps you have heard of Farm to Table Dinners? Well, we are taking it one step further by hosting 
our very first Farm to Table on the Farm Dinner. 
On Friday July 12th at 6pm we will be holding a party under the stars at Schooner Farms in Weston. 
Expect six courses of extremely fresh food sourced right from the Farm, a Bonfire, Berry Picking, Live Music, 
Farm Tours and of course whatever delicious Wines you choose to bring……
The price is 50 dollars per person… Limited Availability. 
Call, Email or Sign up in Person at the Badger…. Payment required upon reservation. 
Thank you and see you on the farm!

Here is the menu - 

Posted 6/10/2013 2:40pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Whew! The past several weeks have whizzed by in no time! The pond portion of our business has been insanely busy along with keeping up to snuff on the garden. Tilapia have been going out of here in record numbers. The farm looks incredible! It has been a wonderful spring and with all our volunteers and staff, it is the best spring we have ever had. We'd like to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication this spring! It is amazing!

The garden is doing beautifully. Strawberries are ready for picking - but call first to check on availability. We get picked out quickly. 

This past week Schooner and several of his friends have been working on the labryinth. It is looking awesome! The obelisk that David make is going to be in the center. Soon all 1200 little lavender plants will be planted and we will welcome visitors to walk the labyrinth.

The start of the labryrinth

A few weeks ago we had a hypertufa class that was just a blast! We had about 7 of us being all arty and stuff. It was kind of funny because one of the ladies that came to the class had met me back in March. We both came across each other at a bookstore looking at magazines to cure the winter blahs. She was a super neat lady and we chatted for sometime on that wintery day. She called and signed up for the class and told me she thought she knew who I was and then asked if I remembered talking to a lady in the bookstore. How fun is that? Here she is with her daughter getting arty!

Getting Dirty but having fun!


We co-hosted a Cooking with Honey Class with our friends at The Summer Kitchen in Helena. I think everyone went home with a full and happy belly! We made a Honey Glazed Chicken with rosemary, my favorite pan roasted Carrots & Onions and Honey Caramel. I made Goat Cheese Ice Cream to go along with our Honey Caramel. It was a fun evening with lots of great questions and very interested participants.

Our Honey Caramel Coming to a boil

This past weekend we hosted, "Tea with Emily Dickinson". We had a gorgeous day! The guests had a splendid time noshing on tea goodies and listening to Sarah White share some insight into Emily Dickinson. All in all it was a perfect day with lovely friends.

Tea under the new arbor

Are you keeping up with all the stuff going on? Geesh! We are not done - Kim was out and caught some Rainbow Trout with her husband and friends. 

She doesn't look happy about this at all...

Posted 5/30/2013 7:03pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
Spend a literary afternoon on the farm 
Sarah White, who just happens to be my favorite cousin and a professor at Purdue, will be portraying Emily Dickinson for the afternoon. Enjoy listening to Emily's haunting poetry and gain a little more insight to this fascinating woman.
June 8th at 2:00. Program is $20
Seating is limited. Please call Becky to rsvp - 419-261-0908
After spending almost 20 years being involved with teas at the museum, I want to bring some of that fun fussiness to the farm! Our teas are small, the programs - MIGHTY and the refreshments - refreshing. 
Posted 5/28/2013 10:18am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Honey Class.....are you in for a treat! Join The Summer Kitchen Girls & special guest Rebecca White-Schooner of Schooner Farms for a sweet evening! She will be discussing the benefits of raw honey and will talk about the differences in honey and she’ll have her portable observation hive with her. Learn all about the types of honey making, and how to make honey butter and herbal honey. She’ll even explain how to use honey in place of sugar while cooking up some food samples like chicken with honey rosemary marinade, roasted carrots with honey, and finishing with homemade ice cream and honey caramel!

Cost for the class is $15 and RSVPs are needed. Please call 419-638-4205 or email us at to reserve your space!


Posted 5/14/2013 12:52pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
Roll up your sleeves and connect with your inner creativity with Shelly Sabo & Becky!


In our hands-on hypertufa class, anyone can make a beautiful container for the home or garden. Hypertufa, a mixture of peat moss, perlite and portland cement, makes for a lightweight, non-porous container - perfect for nurturing plants. During the class, you'll be able to choose molds from a variety of shapes and sizes to create your container. We'll also provide all-natural materials such as leaves and herbs that will add interest and texture to the finished product. You're encouraged to bring a leaf from your favorite tree, stones, glass beads - anything that can add meaning and beauty!

 Since hypertufa is a concrete composite, your planter should be allowed to cure so we ask that you leave it with us for one week. As your container cures it will strengthen, ensuring that it will stand the test of time in your garden. If we have some intertest we will have a hypertufa planting workshop. 


The Details  


* The class fee is $35.00 (includes all materials)
* June 1st at 1:00 pm - Class lasts about two hours 
* Things can get a little messy, so be sure to dress accordingly!


Class size is limited - please RSVP 419-261-0908

Posted 5/8/2013 9:53am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.


Tasty, juicy, deliciousness is almost here!

Our strawberries will be ready soon! U-Pick! Please call for availability. Hours vary. Sign up on our mailing list to be notified when berries are ready!

Posted 4/18/2013 9:43am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

So You Want to Be A Beekeeper?

Introduction To Beekeeping Class (2.5 hours)

Saturday, May 4th  6:00pm

Schooner Farms - 14890 Otsego Pike (Corner of US 6 & ST RT 235)

Weston, Ohio

$35.00/person or $50.00/couple



Schooner Farms is opening our doors to people considering backyard beekeeping as a hobby.  At this class you will learn about what it takes keep bees successfully in your own yard.  During this multi-media presentation you will learn about; the basic equipment you will need to get started and how to use each piece, types of hives, all the various components of the hive, types of foundation and proper hive placement.  You will also be able to view live bees in our indoor observation hive.  Participants will receive a substantial amount of informational handouts, a discount for additional advanced beekeeping classes to follow and a jar of our own raw honey from our hives.  Seating is limited so sign up soon so you do not miss out on this fascinating educational opportunity!

To register: please call 419-261-0908 or email us at



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