The Madison County Farm Tour planning committee has been busy at work planning our upcoming trip. The dates for the tour are Sept. 23 through Sept. 28. As usual we will be traveling in a top-of-the-line bus from Bluegrass Tours.
This year, the Madison County Farm Tour will be traveling southeast to Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., the last week of September 2013 for our annual trip. Our committee is planning an exciting trip of farm-, agritourism- and history-related stops.
On our way, we plan to visit Yon Family Angus Farm, a large purebred Angus producer, and then on to Charleston, voted the Top City in the US in 2012. In the area we will stop at Boone Hall Plantation, the oldest working, living plantation, started in 1743, for a tour of the home, farm, gardens and lunch.
The next day we will visit Charleston Tea Plantation, America's only commercial “tea farm” for a tour and tasting. Time permitting, we will tour Legaree Farm on Johns Island, settled in 1721, and currently a major agritourism site.
On the way, we will stop for photos at the famous Angel Oak Tree and then it’s on to Savannah – need we say more?
In Savannah, we’ll spend two nights in the Historic District with a tour and time for dining and shopping on River Street. Stops include famous Lady & Sons Restaurant and Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House or perhaps the Pirates House for a quick lunch.
Optional evening tours include the famous ghost tour by trolley or carriage or an evening dinner cruise. The next morning it is time to head home with more stops on the way including a tour of Lyons farm, home of the famous Vidalia onions, with tasting, and a stop at Ellis Brothers Pecans for a tour and shelling demonstration.
A deposit of $200 per couple is due ASAP if you would like to attend. The total cost per couple will be $1,300. Balance of payment will be due at the pretour meeting on Aug. 15. Give me a call at (859) 623-4072 if you are interested attending this exciting tour.
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County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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