See you at the Chardon Harvest Handmade Festival Sept. 12, 10am -5 pm
by Andrea Lisca and John Hart, born out of their appreciation and love of hand crafted goods. Andrea, John and Hartley – an Old English Sheepdog – live at Elderberry Marsh Farm in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, along with many hives of bees and inquisitive neighbor cows that never seem to respect pasture fences.
Andrea is a natural dyer and Master Gardener. Learning to knit when she was in her late 20s turned out to be the gateway craft to a full blown fiber addiction. Rug hooking, spinning, dyeing fiber and owning sheep and goats soon followed.
John’s addiction is wood turning. He is totally self-taught by the stubborn trial and error method. He plays in a 2,500 square foot wood shop on the farm, an unlimited supply of wood at his doorstep. When not turning or working on the endless chores that go with owning rural property, John can be found on the river, fly fishing for trout.
Andrea and John are joined in the business by Debbie Lingro and Laura Gronowski.
Debbie and her family live nearby on their own farmstead, where she has recently added a She Shed, complete with a lathe for woodturning. Debbie is an expert canner and a known chicken whisperer and is never without the constant (velcro) companionship of her two Newfoundlands. In the winter, she and her husband frequently head to Wyoming or Montana for a bit of snowmobiling … because Ohio’s winters aren’t cold enough!
Laura brings decades (yikes!) of business management experience to Elderberry Marsh. And while we love her math brain, we love her most for her award winning chocolate cake! Laura has been baking and cooking since she could haul a step stool over to the kitchen counter and has earned a pastry certificate from the Western Reserve School of Cooking and is an International Culinary Arts & Sciences Institute (ICASI) board member. She is our business guru and the chief cook and bottle washer in our test kitchen.