The Berea Farmers Market has moved inside for the winter!
Find your favorite vendors in the pavilion of the Berea College Goldthwait Agriculture Building, 230 N. Main St., 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Berea College Farm products also are available at the Berea College Bookstore on the College Square, 108 Main St., near Boone Tavern.
Last week was a really fun week at the Farm Store. Not only did we get to celebrate our first Valentine’s Day with fruit-filled chocolates made with the farm’s very own berries, but we spent a busy Thursday adding over 70 new Kentucky Proud products to our shelves!
With all of these new arrivals and our mission of connecting farms to forks, it seems appropriate to add a featured farm or product to each column so you can get to know a little bit more about the people you support with every dollar you spend.
We’ll leave you in suspense for a moment on this week’s feature to first bring you some other exciting news.
In the second installment of our Break it Down series, our newest faculty member, Dr. Quinn Baptiste, will demonstrate how to dismantle a goat for your ultimate eating enjoyment.
Dr. Baptiste hails from Trinidad and Tobago and is an assistant professor of animal science. The demonstration is limited to 10 and will be conducted Saturday, March 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $35. Participants will have the first opportunity to purchase the meat at the demonstration’s conclusion.
There’s even been a rumor circulating that his wife will be making her special goat curry for folks to taste during the break. We’ll announce more details as the event comes closer, but feel free to call or stop by the store during business hours to reserve your spot now!
As mentioned earlier, we’ll be spotlighting a farm or product in each newsletter and this week, we’re going to shine that light on our friends at Carriage House Farm in the Miami River Valley of North Bend, Ohio.
Carriage House Farm (www.carriagehousefarmllc.com)was established in 1855, the same year Berea was founded, and has been worked by six generations of family. They specialize in chemical-free produce and bee products and are expanding into non-GMO corn, dried beans and small grains/flours such as wheat, buckwheat, and rye.
Look for Carriage House Farm honey this week in the Farm Store and keep an eye out for honey cameos in many of our baked goods.
Last, but not least, despite the seemingly endless supply of snow we’ve been getting this winter, the horticultural arm of Berea College Farm has managed to coerce some living greens from out of the ground, and we’ve been able to stock a limited supply of tender peas shoots, sweet spinach and succulent miner’s lettuce. If you’ve not tried this triumvirate of tastiness, you’ve been missing out.
There really is nothing finer than the flavors of spring in the dead of winter. As the days get longer and warmer, we’ll be seeing more and more of these delicious treats. But in the meantime, get these special gems while you can!
The Berea Farmers Market has moved inside for the winter!
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Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
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!
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