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May 22, 2008

Franklin farm tour draws 1,800

strawberry photo
John Anderson of Youngsville tries to eat more strawberries than actually made it in his pail at Vollmer Farm on Saturday. (Photo by Kathy Harrelson, reprinted with permission from The Franklin Times.)

More than 1,800 visitors, some from as far away as New Mexico and California, attended Franklin County's fifth annual Farm, Foods and Crafts Tour May 17-18. The two-day event was to promote sustainable agriculture in the county, giving local farmers a showcase opportunity while boosting sales and embracing environmental stewardship. North Carolina Cooperative Extension was a partner in the event, along with Franklin County Arts Council, Franklin County Tourism Development Authority and the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Whole Foods was a major sponsor for the event.

This was the first time the farm tour included the "LOCAL Food Festival" Saturday evening, with a local band providing country/bluegrass music. Chefs from six restaurants donated their services to prepare and serve local foods. The restaurants participating included: Q Shack in Raleigh/Durham (local natural Angus beef and chevon or goat); Edna Lee's Bakery (bread); Twin Sisters Catering from Chapel Hill (various local vegetables); Murphy House in Louisburg (beverage); Joey's Chophouse in Louisburg (local turkey and poultry); and Vollmer Farm Cafe (strawberries/lettuce salad; strawberries in chocolate). All foods were produced locally.

About 300 folks attended the food festival with a blanket or lawn chair for the picnic. Plates were full of local food. Locally made ice cream was provided by Lumpy's in Wake Forest.

Also, the "Farm Life" Photography Contest was held this weekend as part of the tour festivities. A reception and awards ceremony will be held from August 2 at Louisburg College Auditorium Gallery. Reporter Donna Smith captured the farm tour in her blog, which can be read at: http://donnacampbellsmith.blogspot.com/

Report courtesy of Martha Mobley, Cooperative Extension in Franklin County, and The Franklin Times

Posted by Natalie at May 22, 2008 01:29 PM