Rainbow Farms in Perry
Rainbow Farms is a family owned and operated
farm. It is a first generation farm. Larry Klco and his wife, Tina purchased it in 1983. Their four children have
grown up helping with all the work and fun of owning a farm.
Because of their commitment to the farm and
the environment, Larry and Tina sought to preserve the farm forever. In 2005, their farm became the first farm in
the history of Lake County to be preserved as a permanent farm under Farmland Preservation.
When the farm was started in 1983, Larry worked an off-farm job along with the farm work. When you are the first
generation this is usually necessary until you build up your farm to be able to pay for its overhead costs. All of
his family worked alongside him with a common goal between them. Pick your own strawberries were the first crop.
Cantaloupes, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, cauliflower and pumpkins were also grown.
The only farm market was Willoughby Outdoor Farm Market for many years. Produce was also sold wholesale.
Additional crops were added as the farm grew. Black and red raspberries for pick your own were next, followed by
As demand grew for fresh produce,
more outdoor farmer’s markets were opened and Rainbow Farms joined several. Presently they sell at Eleven outdoor
farmer’s markets per week. The pick your own trade is still a big part of Rainbow Farms. Their pick your own crops
include: strawberries, currants, elderberries, tomatoes, peppers and thornless blackberries. More pick your own
crops have been planted but are not ready for picking yet, including blueberries.
Rainbow Farms now grows over 40 different fruits and vegetables for sale. Within that are over 150 different
varieties. Larry now works the farm full-time. He is assisted by his wife (and grown children as they are
available). Also several part-time workers help with all the many jobs. Teens are employed to pick berries in the
summer and help with sales at the many farm markets where produce is sold.
For the last several years they have sold their produce in a small open- air mobile farmer's market. In 2010 their
new indoor farmers market will be opening. This fullfills a long term goal to keep their produce fresher and
preserve the high vitamin and mineral content of the fruits and vegetables, not to mention the great flavor.
Larry and Tina’s goal is to always provide the highest quality and best tasting, fresh, locally grown produce to
their customers. They enjoy getting to know their customers and answering any questions they have about fruits and
vegetables, recipes, and the health benefits of eating fresh. They believe in the motto “Farmers are instruments of
special dessert pictured: compressed
watermelon salad from Rainbow Farms. Tri-colored watermelon, pickled feta, tomato, fresh basil pesto & mint!
Rainbow farms | 2464 Townline Rd, Madison, OH 44057 |
An August Nightly Pastina Special (Aug 24, 2015) focused
on Rainbow Farms produce as the star of the show.
Special included; Grilled Swordfish with Rainbow Farms succotash, charred sweet corn, shishito
peppers, shaved fennel-jalapeño vinaigrette, marinated heirloom grape tomatoes.
Come out and see why Larry and his crew have the best produce in Northeast Ohio.
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"I absolutely love this
place. At first I was like great, another Italian place in Mentor? I have been blown away by this place. Pastina
offers some of the best food in the city and is now my first choice when dinning close to home. I eat here about
once a week and every time I find something new and exciting to try. It all starts with their home made bread and
tomato oil dipping sauce which is complementary!!! Then I always order the calamari, it is by far the best I've ever
had. After that it's a guess as to which entree to try because every one I've had has been great. Their steak is
melt in your mouth and the pasta.... Forgot about it. All freshly made and out of this world. Lastly the service has
been very good and I always look forward to coming back." - Phil M. of Mentor (Yelp review June 26, 2015)
"One of the Best
Italian Restaurants in Cleveland Ohio!"