A fine late summer Sunday set the stage for the 2006 Family Farm Festival at Epworth Center in High Falls, New York. It was the third year for the event, which is organized by the Hudson Valley Ulster County Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Registry officers Cynthia Creech, Dianne Lang, and Phil Lang spent the day manning the Registry's display and talking to a steady stream of visitors. Many of those visitors were attracted by a pen full of 3-4 month old Randall heifers from Howland Homestead Farm, "Black Eyed Susan", "Coleen", "Madison", and "Molly". The Festival drew a large crowd from opening to closing, and there was something for everyone.
A highlight of the day was the "Celebrity Chef Competition", where locally (and sometimes regionally) famous chefs prepare their recipes using locally grown ingredients, especially grass-fed meats. Festival goers can buy "Taste Tickets", entitling them to samples, and the ability to vote for their favorite dish. This year's celebrity chefs were: Anita Eisenhauer, American Bounty Restaurant using Valley Farmers Beef; Ric Orlando, New World Home Cooking serving Skyland Farm Chevon; and Francesco Tonelli, Chef and Food Photographer cooking with Elysian Fields Farm Pork.
Scheduled speakers talked about food and farming topics, and live music was provided by local groups. There was an abundance of vendors and exhibitors, more than 60 in all, one of course being the Randall Cattle Registry, Inc. There were activities for children, horse-drawn wagon rides, a single ox, food concessions, fiber demonstrations, and much more. There were also baby chicks, piglets, dairy goats, sheep, rabbits, and calves.
Family Farm Festival 2006 Epworth Center
High Falls, New York
September 10, 2006
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