News & Events

The Art of Giving
November 24, 2014 / Penny

Well, folks, it’s been a goodly while since we posted here in the blog. Cobwebs galore! Yikes!

Anyway, what prompts the sudden post, you ask? None other than Holiday Time! Like it or not, you guys, the holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about gifts for all those friends and loved ones. Sure, you could get them gift cards and socks. Those things are alright, we guess, but what about getting them something unique?

Like… maybe some incredible, local, handmade foods?  Maybe some art, you guys?

Good news! Perennials Preferred is hosting not just one, not just two, but three weekends of its Holiday Gifts & Art Mart this season.  Come join us to see a wide variety of absolutely amazing creations from local artists and vendors and, if you stop by the weekend of December 5th through the 7th, come and get a complimentary family portrait on the house!

There will be so many amazing things to see that our fingers would fall off if we typed them all out, so instead we’re going to offer up THIS LINK, which you can click to get the complete story on everything we’re going to have here at the store.  It’s going to be tremendous.

…We’re a little bit excited.  Can you tell?

Markets Left and Right
April 1, 2014 / Penny

Recently we said we were hoping to have our friends the Millers bring their organic produce market to Perennials Preferred on Saturdays as well as Wednesdays. Well, good news!  They’ve been kind enough to agree to visit us twice a week! So, if Wednesdays suit you better than Saturdays, you’re in luck!  Come on by!
We also have word that Hopewell in Mesopotamia has committed to selling at our two markets when they are able. This organization began with the genius of Clara Rankin who felt that gardening and farming were good for the mind as well as the body. Here’s a short description of their mission:
who we areWe help people reunite with their families; find and keep jobs; learn to rely on friends; live independently; understand the importance of medication; and experience success

Our Strategic Goal for 2009-2012

Hopewell is a therapeutic community located on a 300-acre farm in rural Mesopotamia, Ohio.

We help adults with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and other forms of serious mental illness

  • believe in their own potential
  • develop the skills to manage their mental illness
  • transition from Hopewell to a more independent living situation

We believe that everyone can experience success, find a life of purpose and feel hope.

Our highly qualified staff creates an environment of caring and acceptance while providing first-class, licensed mental health services.

Find more on Hopewell at

Coming Out of Hibernation
March 20, 2014 / Penny

…or at least sticking our heads out of the cave a bit. Beginning March 22nd, we’ll be bear_hibernationopening our doors again for weekend customers! You can visit us:

Saturdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sundays, 10:00am – 4:00pm

We’ll be expanding our hours in April once this miserable weather decides it wants to warm up a bit. Check in regularly for updates!

Buy Locally or Grow Your Own!
March 15, 2014 / Penny

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Happy Spring to all our friends and fellow winter storm survivors! With a new season comes lots of… well… news!


In keeping with our continued dedication to supporting local business and agriculture, we’re tremendously excited to announce that Perennials Preferred will be a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pickup location this year!  Seriously.  We’re over the moon about this.  You can pick up your fresh, locally-grown produce with us once a week and support local farmers!  You can learn more about the Geauga Family Farms CSA here, and access a CSA application on our website here!  Show your interest and apply today!  Applications are due May 15th!


We have expanded our popular selection of organic, heirloom, ethnic, and antique seed this year!

Whatever you may think about climate change and global warming, this particular winter has been a severe one all across the country – nasty and unrelenting. In our neck of the woods, particularly, the previous year or two have given us some strange spring and summer weather: heat, drought, and heavy rains with flooding.  Hiding out from the cold and watching the Weather Channel the other day (as is my custom), I was reminded of how severe the current drought in California is.  California which raises roughly half our produce.  Curious and bored, I Googled “vegetable costs with California drought,” and the results which came back ranged from gloomy news like “California drought may raise vegetable prices” to the much more dire “Western drought spells killer grocery bills”.

Who can say for sure what will happen? However, if you have ever:

thought it would be fun to grow your own food/herbs/edible flowers…

liked or supported the idea of locally-grown food because it’s fresher, with more vitamins intact…

liked the idea of eating food that is better for you in the spirit wellness…

…liked the idea of heirloom varieties because this is what our forbears all over the globe have done since farming began: they have saved seeds from the plants which taste better, store better, give higher yields, and are probably better for you, etc. …

decided that vegetables raised from organic seed with fewer or no artificial/poisonous chemicals is a good plan in general.

…OR, if you just like cooking with the best produce, coming soon to PPI are all the above sorts of seeds, from High Mowing SeedS, Seedsavers, and Renee’s Seeds, along with Marketspice teas and other products, known for their wonderful flavor and effectiveness in promoting health. We hope also to have Wes Wilson and Maximum  Garlic products again at the market and in the store.


Many of you took advantage of our Miller family, Amish organic produce market at the store on Wednesdays last year. Well, good news! They are returning this year and we hope to get them, or another grower, to come on Saturdays, too! If you missed them last year, this year’s your chance to take advantage of this awesome service!

Happy Holidays!
December 16, 2013 / Penny


The holidays are here and in full swing!  We’ve got Fraser firs, greens, gifts, and great stocking stuffers!