Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Farm Day and Slow Food Day!
We will be hosting two fantastic events in the next few weeks!
The first event on Saturday April 30th will be the Culinary Tour to Hog Heaven. This event is being sponsored by Slow Food Utah and led by Jim Light the Executive Chef of Viking Cooking School. Jim has chartered a bus to help transport people from SLC to our farm in Vernon. Participants will meet in SLC for a light breakfast before heading out to our farm. Once here, we will offer a tour of the farm, answer questions, and get to know each other. Jim will then work his culinary magic on the grill with all you can eat pork. You need not be a member of Slow Food to participate. Knowing Jim, I am sure he will be sharing cooking tips as he prepares the food. This will be a relaxing day in Vernon with beautiful views, fresh air, great food, and good company with fellow Foodies. If you need a break from the city life, this is a great way to recharge your batteries. Sign up at by clicking here.
Our second event is the following Saturday on May 7th from noon to 4pm. This will be our first Farm Day at the new farm! This will be a great time to bring the family to see where food comes from. We are planning some activities for those wanting to learn more about our farm or simply experience the country life. This will be an open house, meaning no set schedule. Folks can come and stay the whole time or just poke their heads in to say hi and see what's going on. We plan to have baby chicks for kids (and adults) to see and hold. Of course there will be the pigs to watch playing out in the field. We may bring one of our cows home that recently had a calf. We will also cook up some samples of pork and beef that people can try. Some of our turkeys have gone broody and we are hoping that they will hatch out some little ones around this weekend. We are kicking around the idea of a lard rendering demonstration for those interested. We will also have a seed planting station for kids who are interested in learning a little bit about gardening.
For those who would like to make a full day of their trip to Vernon, we can recommend some beautiful canyons to hike. There are lots of trails to bike on and good places to take four wheelers and dirt bikes. We also have the Vernon Reservoir just ten minutes from our farm that usually has good fishing. There are also several historical sites like the Pony Express Trail markers that are fun to see. Our local cafe, the Silver Sage grills up some great burgers for those who get hungry. They also stay stocked on plenty of drinks should it be a warm day. Last year we had people bring picnics and eat while they watched the animals. Hollie and I will also be available to talk and answer questions.
Like last year, we ask that those who have children come with the understanding that this is a working farm. There is barbed wire, machinery, and live animals that can all cause harm to unattended children. If it is rainy it may be muddy, if it is windy it may be dusty, if it is sunny there is sunburn, so please come prepared for the elements. Our hope is that everybody has a safe and enjoyable time. We felt last year was a huge success as everybody seemed to have a good time. Feel free to invite coworkers, neighbors, and family along. For those interested in purchasing meats from our farm, we will be taking orders. However, please understand that there is absolutely no obligation. We love what we do and find joy in sharing this with others.
I will post an update to this event with maps, directions, and more official list of activities. Feel free to contact us with questions about either event.
We hope to have a good turnout so please mark your calenders and spread the word!!!