Sampling it fresh on the farm
SHEFFIELD – Franklin County held a fall festival Sunday for the second year calling it Fresh on the Farm.
Three different sites in Franklin County were set up – Enchanted Acres, west of Sheffield; Keonig’s Acres, south of Hampton; Carlson’s Tree Farm, between Hampton and Coulter – so food producers and food consumers could meet.
Food in the form of produce and baked goods were prominent, but not limited to those items. Each stop was different.
Enchanted Acres featured a display of more than 30 varieties of pumpkins. Squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers were available.
There was bread, dip mixes, homemade jam, apple butter and pumpkin butter, too.
Playground equipment, animals, and trails made this a family-oriented event
Keonig’s Acres offered attendees fresh produce, and a chance sample bison meat, taste wine and buy honey and jam, while listening to live music.
Carlson’s Tree Farm offered visitors samples of ostrich meat and baked goods for sale, as well as an opportunity to watch a potter demonstrate his craft.
The Bulldog Cafe was serving bruschetta at the tree farm. It is part of a new curriculum at the Hampton-Dumont Community School District called Pro-Start, short for professional start.
Instructor Jane Hoegh said the class is for juniors and senior who have already taken a foods class.
Pro-Start is designed to sharpen cooking skills, while teaching students the management skills needed to prepare them for jobs after high school.
There are 12 students enrolled in Pro-Start, a two-year program.
Jan Libbey, of Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, told visitors at Keonig’s Acres about her organization’s goals.
She said Healthy Harvest is working on building relationships between local producers and chefs. They are hosting meals they call Farm to Table.
Two have been held – in Osage on Aug. 16, which fed 100 people; and Clear Lake on Sept. 23, which sold out its 56 tickets.
Two more meals are scheduled for Oct 4 in Sheffield and Oct 29 in Mason City, Libbey said.
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