About Us

Crooked River Herb Farm began life in a converted barn on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Akron, Ohio in 1991. My plan was to grow chemical free herbs and vegetables for my gourmet products.

I met John Varga, a professional Forester,  when I was searching for a Brush Hog to clear land at the farm.  John showed up one day with a brush hog, and proceeded to clear what would become pastures and gardens.  John and I were married on Valentine’s Day in 1995.  I often wish I had kept the brush hog as well.

My plan evolved into a full working farm with a chicken and egg program, rare sheep and llamas for wool production, an assortment of goats for entertainment, fresh herb and vegetable production, gourmet products made in our certified farm kitchen, and a shop in which to sell it all. We also participated in livestock rescue, and developed our own therapeutic riding program for John after his massive stroke in 1997.  At the height of production, Crooked River Herb Farm was selling 36 farm created gourmet products including jellies, jams, herb infused vinegars, herb infused honey, herbal teas, and salsas.

Although the original farm ceased to exist in 2005, Crooked River Herb Farm continues to produce high quality delicious gourmet products to this day with new products on the horizon.  My husband, John and I visit numerous Farmers’ Markets with our products, and participate in various art shows and other special events.  Crooked River Herb Farm products are proudly served and sold at The Eye Opener in Akron, Ohio.

In October 2011, six years after losing our beloved farm to the National Park Service, we moved to a new farm in Wadsworth Township.  Plans for a new farming program and farm shop are in progress.  We are excitedly “going back to the future.”  We will keep you apprised as plans progress.

Click here to read an article about us in the Akron Beacon Journal.

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Crooked River Herb Farm

Kathleen & John Varga
and George Bailey

P: 330-604-0932

E: kathleen@crookedriverherbfarm.net

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Original Website Design by Crooked River Creative



Herb Infused Vinegars


Basil & Garlic Red Wine Vinegar


Fiesta Vinegar


Holiday Vinegar


Jams and Jellies


Dazzleberry Jam


My Mom’s Peach and Strawberry Jam


Patty Lee’s Sour Cherry Jam


Berry Good Jalapeņo Jelly


Jalapeņo Jelly


Just Peachy Habaņero Jelly


Traffic Jam


Cranberry Jalapeņo Jelly (Seasonal)


Toasted Pecan Basil Pesto


Fresh Cut Herbs (Details Coming Soon...)