Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Touring the HOMEGROWN Village and Eating HOMEGROWN Concessions®

FranciscaThere were over 30 exhibits at the HOMEGROWN Village this year! Check out the full list of exhibits here. My first stop was at the ATTRA table, where I was challenged to find all environmentally unfriendly practices in the display. I could only identify one. Can you find all five?

While walking through the village I noticed a garden on wheels. A representative from Second Sun explained that the SCIENCEgarden Module contains plants grown without soil and in a contained environment. People living in different climates would be able to grow food regardless of soil quality.

After I left the Second Sun exhibit, I decided that it was definitely time to check out HOMEGROWN Concessions®. The place was packed! Patchwork Family Farms was especially popular. I wasn't able to break through the crowd and get a taste, but my Farm Aid coworkers raved about the BBQ pork chops. I did fill up on Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. I am usually unadventurous in my ice cream eating excursions, but not today! So many flavors - Salty Carmel, Black Coffee, Wildberry Lavender and so much more! My ultimate favorite was Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries.

Once I awoke from my sugar coma, I decided to head back to village to catch Brent James and the Contraband’s set. Unfortunately, I missed Brent and his band. Instead, I walked into the village and saw Grace Potter (before her set) and Michel Nischan hanging out on stage discussing family farmers and good food. Overall, a very good day!

Photos courtesy of Kim Buchheit

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