Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Szalay's Farm in Peninsula

Szalay's Farm in Peninsula
by Brit Charek

Getting sweet corn from Szalay's Farm in Peninsula has been a fall family tradition since as long as I can remember. 

This sign has been making me laugh since before I could read!
Since my grandparents lived in Peninsula, I spent a lot of time there growing up-- hiking and canoeing in the Cuyahoga Valley, skiing at the resorts, or just enjoying the scenery with my family. I didn't realize how lucky I was to live so close to one of the largest National Parks in the country. As an adult, I'm excited to share those same experiences with my own family.


Szalay's has been around since 1931 and has been family owned and operated for four generations. Not only does their store sell fresh veggies and fruits, often picked that very day, but also an abundance of other homemade goodies and items like honey and cheese from other Ohio farms in the area. 

You can feel great knowing that the food you're buying is not only going to taste delicious, but that your purchase is directly supporting the farming community.

Szalay's isn't just a place to buy food-- it's a great experience! For $5 (Kids under 3 are free) you can try your luck at the carefully planned corn maze. It takes about a half hour to complete (Don't panic! They provide a cheat sheet for those of us that are navigationally challenged!) and there's a treat waiting for you at the end.

Click here to check out the awesome aerial views of corn mazes in the past few years!

There's also an outdoor eating area open on the weekends where you can lounge on wooden swings and enjoy the crisp autumn air and the scenery while chowing down on grilled sweet corn, sandwiches and hot apple cider or homemade lemonade or sweet tea.

Don't forget to pick up your pumpkin! You can get them bite sized or supersized,  or maybe try a slug pumpkin (below)

Szalay's farm is located at 4563 Riverview Road in the Cuyahoga Valley. To learn more, you can visit their website at or give them a call at (330) 657-2727. They are open daily from 9am to 7pm until October 31.

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