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March 18, 2014

Spring babies are arriving

RICHMOND — We may have begun celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with an inch of ice on everything, but the calendar claims that spring is due to arrive Thursday. Let’s hope a moratorium of temperatures below 40 will come along with that decree!

Hopefully, those who attended the plant sale Saturday got your new babies tucked in warm and tight to protect them from this latest arctic blast. If you missed it, don’t worry, we have several more sales scheduled.

The next one will be in conjunction with Sustainable Berea’s Local Food Expo on March 29. Both events are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please, no early-birds, so the crew can have time to get set up). The plant sale is at the Berea College greenhouse on Scaffold Cane Road, and the Local Food Expo is in Old Town this year.

For the most recent plant sale, many folks asked about using their EBT/SNAP/food stamp benefits. Unfortunately, there is no EBT machine at the greenhouse, but folks can select their EDIBLE plants, take their plant list to the Berea College Farm Store to pay with EBT, and then bring their receipt back to the greenhouse to retrieve their plants.

We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is the only way we are currently able to accept EBT for plant and seed purchases. By law, only edible, non-decorative plants and seeds may be purchased with EBT. Thank you for understanding.

Not only do we have baby plants popping up, it’s also the time of year that baby animals start springing to life as well.

The Berea College Farm is an exciting place to be in the spring when baby calves, piglets and goats are out frolicking in the fields. Bbut it also means that it is an extra busy time for all the staff and students. Show them how much you appreciate all their hard work by stopping by the farm store and picking up some of the exquisite meat and produce they’ve been growing just for you!

Last week, we added a limited supply of goat to our freezers. We have chops, kabobs, and ground goat in stock, but it won’t last long and will likely be about another year before we offer it again so get it while you can!

Another special we have at the store this week is eggs! The hens must be making up for lost time this winter, so we have an overabundant clutch of these gifts from our free-ranging ladies. While supplies last, you can pick up a dozen of our extra large and jumbo eggs for the price of the large eggs.

If you’re like me, when I get overloaded with eggs and fresh veggies from the garden, I’ll whip up a few quiches and store them in my freezer until the next breakfast, potluck or book club meeting when I don’t have time to cook. It’s a great way to save the abundance for quick fix later!

If you come to the store Saturday, we also will have fresh pork sausage available. We haven’t yet decided which new taste sensation we’ll be offering, but check our Facebook page later this week. We post updates a few times each week. Expect to see some pictures from last Saturday’s goat workshop and plant sale as well as snapshots of our baby animals!

To finish out this week’s column, I’d like to draw your attention to a product line we added a few weeks ago. Rattlesnake Hill Farm is a Certified Naturally Grown farm located in Bloomfield. It offers a wide variety of garlic jellies and sauce as well as an array of herbs and spices. A new favorite of mine is the chipotle garlic jelly poured over cream cheese and spread on a Roots & Branches sesame cracker. It’s spicy, nutty, and sweet all at the same time. Kinda like me, I guess!

Save the date:

March 29: Sustainable Berea’s local food expo in Old Town and the College Plant Sale at the Gardens & Greenhouse on Scaffold Cane Road

April 5: Tree grafting workshop with John Strang from UK (more details next week)

April 12: Berea College Farm annual Pig Roast & Field Day and Plant Sale

May 3: Official Grand opening celebration for the Berea College Farm Store!

 

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