Minnesota's Fourth Annual Festival of Farms Set for July 13, 2013
The fourth annual Festival of Farms will take place on July 13, 2103 at the Farm Market Café in Onamia, MN. The event is hosted by the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) of Central Minnesota.
Adult admission is $25 per person, kids ages 3-12 are $5, and kids 2 and younger are free. SFA Members receive $5 off adult admission.
Admission covers breakfast, lunch, two farm tours, kids activities, presentations, and live music.
“The Festival of Farms is a family-friendly event with local chapters of SFA hosting field days and providing farmer-to-farmer and farmer-to-consumer networking opportunities throughout Minnesota” said Jim Chamberlin, SFA board member from Deerwood. “On July 13th we will showcase family farms that use environmentally and economically sound agricultural practices.”
For more information, go online to www.sfa-mn.org/central or call SFA Coordinator Robert Bauer at 218-296-6732. Registration is also available at the event.
The agenda includes
• 9 a.m. Presentation: “Farm Market Café Business Model.”
• 10 a.m. Tour: Farm Market Café High Tunnel.
• 11 a.m. Tour: Eller Family Farm/Dutch Fury Farm.
• 1 p.m. Lunch: box-picnic, Farm Market Café. Entertainment by Alan Lee & Friends, country with a little bit of blues.
• 2 p.m. Tour: Dutch Fury Farm/Eller Family Farm
• 4 p.m. Presentation: “Soil Health” by Shannon Carpenter, Mille Lacs NRCS.
• 5 p.m. Dinner at the Café (on your own).
“The Farm Market Café’s goal is to serve products from local farmers to our customers. The Café serves locally grown products that are produced without pesticides: fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, wild rice, maple syrup, honey, as well as fresh roasted coffee and fresh baked bread,” said Barb Eller with the Farm Market Café, in a news release. “We believe that everyone deserves to eat well. Our guests on July 13 will experience the best food that local farmers have to offer.”
The event is made possible by the support of the Farm Market Café and festival sponsors: Minnesota Grown Program, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA),NCR-SARE, Northwoods Forestry Co-Op of Aitkin, Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District, Mille Lacs USDA-NRCS, Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Mille Lacs Lake Watershed Management Organization, and Agnew Hardware Hank of Onamia.