Farm Fest 2016 was Fantastic!

On these short January days, I like to dream about summer. The birds are singing, the sun is shinning, and there is green everywhere! I especially like to think about Farm Fest 2017 and all the wonderful things we can do at the event. I wanted to share with you what a great success Farm Fest 2016 in August was. We had such great contributions from local business that care deeply about local food in their community and supporting it. How lucky are we?

Free Range Film Festival Barn in Wrenshall MN, where Farm Fest 2016 was held. This barn recently turned 100 years old!

Free Range Film Festival Barn in Wrenshall MN, where Farm Fest 2016 was held. This barn recently turned 100 years old!

Not only did restaurants provide the event with scrumptious food, but also amazing cocktails! We also had some dedicated local musicians that sung their hearts out! Most of all, to those of you that attended. There was laughter, great conversation, and happy folks with full bellies and full minds.

Preparing Yker Acres Pork for the main course. We had the honor of having Mike and Zack from Red Table Meats Co help prepare the final touches to the roasted pork.

Preparing Yker Acres Pork for the main course. We had the honor of having Mike and Zack from Red Table Meats Co help prepare the final touches to the roasted pork.

Ben Fisher-Merritt tending to the pig all day. Taking great care that the pork would taste delicious...and it did!

Ben Fisher-Merritt tending to the pig all day. Taking great care that the pork would taste delicious...and it did!

With the proceeds from Farm Fest, Yker Acres and Food Farm were able to purchase a combine. This combine will allow us to grow and harvest local grains that benefit both farms and you! Yker Acres will be able to grow our own grains to feed to our pigs. This allows for a smaller carbon footprint because we are not having grains shipped to us. Feeding local grains also supports a healthier pig with even higher quality meat as an end product. Sure does add to making our pigs happier!

Vikre Distillery provided cocktails along with a vareity of Bent Paddle beer.

Vikre Distillery provided cocktails along with a vareity of Bent Paddle beer.

The Food Farm will also continue to grow grains for local businesses to create even higher quality products to be consumed by people like you. Both farms want to strive for providing local food to our community. We want you to benefit from all our hard work.

We had 3 local bands play at the event. Dan Dresser, Jessica Lydia, and Amy Abts.

We had 3 local bands play at the event. Dan Dresser, Jessica Lydia, and Amy Abts.

So as we dream of summer we hope to see you at the second annual Farm Fest in 2017!

Folks enjoying food donated by Lake Avenue Restaurant, The Duluth Grill, At Sara's Table, and the Whole Foods Coop.

Folks enjoying food donated by Lake Avenue Restaurant, The Duluth Grill, At Sara's Table, and the Whole Foods Coop.