Canning maven Jeannie from The Glass Rooster Cannery returns with a plethora of samples and helpful hints on water bath canning. Eugene Beer performs classic tunes on his musical bike.
Rock Dove Farm is a 23 acre certified organic vegetable farm, growing a mixed selection of vegetables for farmers’ markets and wholesale markets. Join Todd Schriver to learn about how he’s learned to focus on growing the crops their customers want and about his systems for collecting data to refine their production systems.
Cost and Registration: $4 for National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) members, $10 for non-members. Price includes snacks: strawberries, pickles, and salad. Proceeds will benefit the NYFC Central Ohio Chapter. To register, go to www.rockdovevegetables.com.
Brian and Kelly Helser operate a produce farm and community supported agriculture (CSA) program in Fairfield County. From small beginnings, they started seeds in a converted back porch greenhouse for two acres of crops. Nearly 20 years later, they have expanded to 100 acres of produce, growing customer favorites like sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, apples, peaches, and a variety of other vegetables and fruits. They serve quality produce to their local community through sales at their home farmstand and several Columbus farmers’ markets.
Tour their newly-planted orchard alongside Clear Creek, which includes 3,000 peach and apple trees, and learn how to summer-prune and care for a young tree for a bountiful harvest. See some of the vegetable crops and hear about the Helsers’ experiences in the local food movement and operating a CSA program. After the tour, enjoy a delicious meal prepared by DA QUE using items grown on their farm. The meal will include pulled pork, green beans, sweet corn, new potatoes, peaches, and ice cream.
Cost and Registration: $25. To register, go to www.paigesproduce.com by July 1. Click on the CSA tab, which will direct you to a separate site where you can purchase a ticket. Meal included with each registration.
Granny B Farms is a diversified, certified organic farm growing annual vegetables, asparagus, and perennial small fruits. They also have an orchard, pastured sheep, goats, and bees. Their products are available at the Clintonville Farmers’ Market, local restaurants, and the berries and some vegetables are offered for u-pick sales.
This farm tour is geared towards gardeners who may be interested in expanding what they grow and customers who are interested in learning about the methods used to grow their food. They love getting kids involved in the farm, and will offer a separate tour planned for families with young children!