Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm,
It may have been chilly for last weekend’s Celebrate the Harvest event, but the rain played nice for most of the day and we hope folks were able to get out and see all the amazing work Berea has accomplished in the effort to increase local food production, skill-sharing, and community engagement. If your interest has been piqued and you’re up for a road trip, this coming weekend presents two more opportunities to experience a regional food view of work that’s being done outside the Berea Bubble.
First on the list is the Dirt Revival dinner presented by the Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) held at Rainbow Blossom Farm just northeast of Louisville, Ky. OAK’s mission is to promote “organic production and consumption in Kentucky as part of a food and farming system that strengthens communities by being economically viable and environmentally sound.” The Dirt Revival dinner shines a spotlight on the movers and shakers in Kentucky’s organic food movement and showcases an array of organic meat, vegetables, drinks, and desserts prepared by area chefs. Come enjoy some Berea College pork at the event by getting your tickets here: https://dirtrevival2015.splashthat.com/
The next stop on our regional food journey lands us just across the river at Carriage House Farm in North Bend, Ohio. If the name sounds familiar, Carriage House Farm is one of the Farm Store’s regional suppliers that provide us with items like honey, wheat, and ginger when we run out of our own supplies. Established the same year as Berea College (1855), this family-run farm has been supplying families and restaurants in the southern Ohio/northern Kentucky region for six generations and we’re proud to have them as a regional partner. Their latest project, Mad House Vinegar, is a collaboration between the farm and local breweries to produce high-quality, small-batch malt vinegars.
On Sunday, September 20th, Carriage House Farm will be having their annual farm tour and tasting. This free event boasts of wagon rides around the farm to see the gardens, apiary, and sustainable agriculture site where a new facility is being built to process honey and house the on-farm market. Guests will have the opportunity to sample food from the farm prepared by local chefs, support the local chapter of Chefs Collaborative through purchases made at the on-farm market, and, of course, taste some of the newly developed vinegar products from Mad House Vinegar. For more information about the Carriage House Farm Tour, visit http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com.
Until next time, eat well!
Jessa Turner – Manager