We are excited to celebrate our first anniversary. Just last year, City Folk’s was an idea yet to come to fruition. Thanks to a flock of loyal customers, we now have a thriving business and growing community.
We want you to join in our anniversary celebrations! Stop in the store during the first week of spring for these activities:
Tuesday, March 19 – First chicks of the season arrive! Pre-order by Thursday for this batch with the online form or by contacting us in the store.
Wednesday, March 20 – We’ll serve birthday cake all day. Today is also the first chance to bid on a silent auction of some of our favorite tools and supplies. 10% of all purchases Wednesday will go to fund our latest project – support of a community garden!
Thursday, March 21 – The store is hosting a homestead tool swap from 4 – 7 pm. Bring in extra gently used canning, gardening, or livestock equipment to trade with other homesteaders and shop discounts on investment homesteading items like dehydrators, pressure cookers/canners, and jerky maker.
Friday March 22 is for chicken-keeping friends. Receive discounts on all chicken-related items and register to win one year’s worth of chicken feed (some restrictions apply)!
Saturday March 23 concludes our celebration with breakfast treats from 10 – 11 am. We’ll pick silent auction winners at the close of business Saturday, so stop in to check your bids!
We hope to see you at one or all of these events because with you, there would be no first anniversary. Thanks!
PS. We would love to see 1000 likes on Facebook by our anniversary. Can you help?
Order your seeds with us and pay no shipping!
Browse the Baker Creek or Seed Savers Exchange catalog and make your selections.
Send your selection to us in an email, in person, or over the phone (614-946-5553) and we’ll place a large order together. No minimums, no shipping charge. The order deadline is January 21 and seeds will be available for pickup at City Folk’s in early February.
We can’t believe 2012 is drawing to a close! We thank you, our wonderful customers, for keeping us busy this season. If you are still shopping, we have a great selection of little things perfect to stuff in a stocking or add to a gift basket.
Upcycled sweater hats and scarves from Clintonville’s Miscellanea.
2013 hand-printed calendar by Igloo Letterpress.
Soap crafted from local ingredients by Oh! Lather.
Hen note cards by local watercolor artist Andrea McAuliffe.
Slate Roof Homestead’s healing balm for all creatures and waddle cream for backyard chickens to prevents frostbite.
We are proud to partner with Sunny Meadows Flower Farm to offer Thanksgiving arrangements. Sunny Meadows is a chemical-free flower farm and will create three kinds of arrangements:
1) a mason jar arrangement, good for those who may not be hosting anyone at their house, but still wants some fresh-picked joy in their lives, or as a gift to your host. ($35)
2) a low sitting arrangement, to go onto your table as a
centerpiece for dinner time placed in a local heirloom pumpkin. ($65)
3) a tall arrangement to go onto a table in your entrance or as a
large display placed in a local heirloom pumpkin. ($65)
Arrangements will be ready for pick-up at City Folk’s on Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. Download the order form to make your selection.
We understand that some people don’t have space to store a thousand homesteading tools. Others want to try before they invest. Either way, we’re here to help with tools to rent from City Folk’s.
Nesco Dehydrator – Use to make fruit leather, “sun” dried tomatoes, apple slices, and more
Water Bath Canner – Use our full size canner to preserve up to seven quarts of tomato sauce, apple sauce, jams, or pickles.
Nut Wizard – This crazy contraption really works to pick up walnuts, hickory nuts, or other trip hazards that may litter your lawn.
Yogurt Maker – Turn milk and starter into delicious homemade yogurt with no additives.
Apple Peeler, Corer, Slicer – A few turns of the apple tool will turn your fruit into peeled slices ready to eat fresh, cut into pies, or dehydrate.
Stop in or call 946-5553 for availability and low rental rates.
Father’s Day is coming this Sunday, June 17. We have these suggestions for dads:
If your Dad likes to cook, the folks at One20Farm are offering locally made seasonings that will help spice up indoor and outdoor meals.
Hand crafted tools from Iron and Wood or the soil knife are quite popular.
If Dad is a reader, we have a nice selection of urban farming reading. Remember, too, that our lending library is up and running with magazines and books that will interest gardeners, organic growers and homesteaders.
Dad won’t get another one of these bat houses. Ours are locally made and perfect for attracting bats who help with insect and mosquito control.
We carry several versions of rain barrels and fittings for Dad to make his own. If algae or mosquitoes become an issue, we have solutions to take care of those problems.
Another one of a kind gift, the local mushroom log requires patience and time, but if taken care, of will provide years of tasty shitake mushroom harvests.
Dad can help his garden and plants stay healthy with our organic and natural plant foods and fertilizers.
City Folk’s is open everyday until Father’s Day including from 12-4 on the day itself for last minute purchases.
Mother’s Day is one week away, next Sunday May 13. Instead of a fleeting bouquet, give a heartfelt and long lasting gift from City Folk’s. We recommend the following:
1. Seed saving kit including labels, instructions, and container 2. Oh! Lather Soap made in Clintonville 3. Decorated bird house 4. Colorful Tubtrugs – Mom will find useful in the garden, washing cars, (assuming Mom wants to wash the car), organizing, laundry Can be used for anything!
5. Dirt Bag – make a planter for Mom with bag, soil, and herbs/flower/salad mix 6. Swainway Urban Farm seedlings – hearty heirloom edible plants 7. Ergonomic tools 8. Comfortable transplanter
We’re even open on Mother’s Day from 12 – 4 pm for last minute selections.
Potato flowers are a lovely pop of color in the summer garden.
Our certified organic seed potatoes arrived!
We’re offering Seed Savers Exchange USDA Certified Seed Potatoes that have passed repeated inspections through out the growing season and post-harvest.
Regular potatoes will plant 10 row feet per pound. Fingerlings will plant 20+ row feet per pound. Our varieties and prices are:
- All Blue – $4.25/lb
- Yukon Gold – $4.25/lb
- LaRatte Fingerling – $5.75/lb
Each package of potatoes contains a detailed planting guide. Our tips include:
For best potato growth, plant in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil as soon as soil can be worked, which happens to be now in central Ohio. Potatoes can be planted in large containers or tubs provided the drainage is sufficient.
Allow the plants to grow tall, hilling up around the base of the plant once or twice in the growing season. When the plants flower, you can choose to pick off the flowers so that the plant sends more energy to the tubers.
Once the plants die back in late summer or early fall, use a hand cultivator to gently work the soil and remove the potatoes. Or, if you planted in a container, simply dump it and look for the tubers. Dry them in a single layer for a day and wipe off the excess soil. Then store in a cool dark place in a well aerated container, such as a wicker basket.
Fresh, homegrown potatoes taste like nothing you can buy in the store. Plant some this year and find out how earthy and tender taters can truly be!
Why not add a touch of the garden to an Easter basket this year? Bird houses, seeds, and tools from City Folk’s will outlast the candy and make memories throughout the year. Here are some ideas:
Let’s start with the basket itself. City Folk’s has a variety of brightly colored, sustainably-made pots that would make a fun basket.
Inside the green pot above, you’ll see SeedBallz. These egg-shaped balls are filled with seeds in an organic starter compound that make planting easy for even the smallest child. Better still is the story behind Seedballz – they are hand-rolled by people with disabilities. Purchasing Seedballz supports meaningful work for those who need it.
Little kids, and maybe their parents, will find humor in cow pots and worm castings – garden enrichment from composted poop. The soil will love the nutrients!
Of course City Folk’s has organic seeds of every variety. Choose a few new seed packets that reflect the interests of the basket recipient – maybe a scented flower for the girl who loves perfume or peas for the active child who would love to see something grow taller than him.
Many a customer has been drawn to these ovular bird houses. Available in every color, they enhance the yard and provide important songbird habitat.
Whether you are filling an Easter basket this year or not, we wish you a happy growing spring!