MEDINA — The labels were unlike anything a shopper would see at a chain grocery store. They included “Old Fashioned Traffic Jam, “Hoppin’ F-R-O-G Jam,” “Hell Fire Pickles” and “Angry Peach BBQ Sauce.”
The jams, jellies and sauces were displayed this weekend by Richardson Farms of Lafayette Township at the annual Medina County Home and Garden Show at the Community Center on the county fairgrounds.
“We’ve done the show as long as I can remember, since I was a kid,” said Benjamin Richardson, whose father, Bill, owns Richardson Farms. “It’s a good way to get more customers and let people know where we’re located.”
Richardson Farms was one of more than 130 businesses with exhibits at the home and garden show Saturday and Sunday. There were landscapers, gardeners, roofers, window and flooring installers, kitchen and bath remodelers, plumbers and heating and cooling companies.
To mark Medina’s bicentennial, the show featured a re-creation of the city’s Uptown Park. The display included a restored Phaeton wicker carriage, dating to the 1880s, courtesy of the Medina County Historical Society.
The event included presentations on cooking, moving, pruning, gardening, building and harvesting. Also, amateur cooks grilled chicken and ribs in the second annual Backyard BBQ Cookoff competition.
All who attended the home and garden show were entered into a drawing for two Adirondack chairs from Berlin Gardens in Berlin.
At the show, Medina resident Bonnie Dejonge came across an exhibit by JTS Landscaping in Seville. Kristine Bishop of JTS showed Dejonge a driveway made of Unilock pavers.
“Now, I have an asphalt driveway,” Dejonge told Bishop. “It’s in horrible shape. It’s been breaking down since I’ve been there.”
Bishop said Unilock was an option Dejonge could consider, at least partly because it looks nicer than the average driveway.
“We can do pavers on top of concrete, so that you would have a concrete base,” Bishop said. “That would last a lot longer than asphalt.”
Amy Satina Morrison, an independent dealer of Scentsy products, demonstrated an ultrasonic nebulizing diffuser for Susan Baumann, of North Royalton. That’s fancy talk for a colorful lamp that uses water and essential oils to create a pleasant aroma — in this case orange, strawberry and melon.
“The lamp can rotate colors or stay with one color,” Morrison told Baumann.
Messages may be left for Bob Sandrick at (330) 721-4060.