Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm,
The date of the Agriculture Union’s annual Pig Roast and Field Day has finally arrived! Join us on Saturday from 10am-2pm at the Berea College Farm. Hunt Acres is located just past the railroad crossing going out of town on 595, although there might be a detour going that route… keep your eyes peeled the day of! Ever wondered whenceforth our tasty meats come? Find out at the farm! Opportunity to promenade the happy hens and chivalrous sows living quarters will be available to the public – and even if there won’t be pony rides and a petting zoo, the up-close-and-personal experience should satisfy your curiosities. Feel free to introduce your little one(s) to the farm’s latest addition of piglets, kids, and calves. Students will be offering guided tours of the farm’s operations every 30 minutes and ‘round the clock shuttles will be running from Seabury Circle.
As always, a proper picnic accompanies the festivities. Decadent ham butts and salads of sorts – don’t forget desserts – comprise the main fare! Ag Union members and farm manager Bob Harned fire up the grill and work hard to prepare the feast, and who doesn’t love a springtime BBQ? The typical goat sampling has been trumped by motherhood, as all the does were bred and kidded this year, a tribute to the essence of our food chain – you can’t always have your cake and eat it to!
Luckily, we will be serving up some tasty cakes at Farmers Market on Friday afternoon: baked tilapia patty-cakes with creamy lemon-dill sauce, and a bun if you’re inclined to sandwich 😉 Reared in Hunt Acres’ ponds as part of its aquaculture endeavor, these tilapia are tasty, and tastefully prepared into crabcake-rivaling local fare. There’s a good chance the market will be hoppin’ with live tunes, unique crafts, baked goods, and fresh veggies and mushrooms as the temperature turns more and more springlike.
If you haven’t taken a gander through the College campus recently, I highly suggest a stroll on your way down to the Plant Sale on Scaffold Cane, taking notice of the myriad-colored tulips, blossoming dogwoods, magnolia flowers, and various other about-to-bust blooms. Campus ‘proper’ boasts some awesomely beautiful trees (as does the forest), and the grounds crew has been working hard to vitalize and ensure abundant landscaping beauty. Taking a load off during end of semester stress can be as easy as taking a step back and appreciating the beauty of our biodiverse campus, open to students and the general public. Don’t forget to come out to the farm and enjoy an afternoon of plant and animal kingdom fun! Additionally, the winter market will soon be moving outdoors. To those of you who use SNAP/EBT/food stamp benefits to purchase food and edible plants, don’t forget that our prepay machine is located inside the agriculture building, and we’d be happy to load your market account during business hours and/or indoor farmers market before moving outside for the season. Thanks!
See you soon!
Written By: Kaleigh Hire, Farm Marketing Apprentice
Save the date:
April 20: Pig Roast, Field Day, & Plant Sale at Hunt Acres
May 4: MARKET MOVES OUTSIDE! St. Joe’s lawn from 9:00-noon! Find us there every Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 and Saturday 9-noon.