Sure, you can see fresh produce all winter in any local grocery store… but can you see vegetables that have been awarded blue ribbons?
Winter owns central Pennsylvania, but even for a kitchen gardener there is respite: The Pennsylvania Farm Show opens to the public in Harrisburg on January 9. I wrote several posts about the 2009 Farm Show in Your Small Kitchen Garden last January. It won’t look much different this year… and that’s a good thing.
Kitchen Gardener’s Haven
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is all about agriculture. Sure, there’s a preponderance of exhibits and competitions involving farming: tractors, horse livestock trailers, cultivators, and harvesters. There are horses, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, sheep, goats, and pigs… there are even llamas. If none of these appeal to you; if you’re interested only on growing and eating your own produce; the PA Farm Show still delivers.
You’ll find exhibits of gorgeous vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, and nuts. You’ll find honey products and demonstrations by apiarists. You’ll find gardening gear and supplies, exhibits of cut flowers and potted plants, and even “box gardens;” table-top displays assembled to resemble full-sized courtyards and backyard patios.
At the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show, there were dozens of tiny gardens planted in wooden boxes. It’s a compelling idea: can a landscaper create a miniature yard or courtyard using live plants, and pass it off as a full-sized garden in photos or video?
Food at the Farm Show
For a kitchen gardener, gardening and produce aren’t the whole story. The Pennsylvania Farm Show understand this and includes exhibits and vendors of all kinds of cooking-related products. You’ll find terrific cookware, hundreds of bottles sauces and seasonings, and a whole bunch of free samples of foods you might want to use in your own kitchen.
Even if your garden has suffered because of a pesky wabbit, it’s hard not to enjoy a stroll among the rabbit cages at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. This rabbit looked capable of devouring a 14 foot row of carrots in a single sitting.
The Farm Show has a Kitchen Stage where area chefs and culinary students perform cooking demonstrations… and even Iron-Chef-style cooking competitions. You can relax and leave the kitchen stage area with ideas to apply in your own kitchen.
Finally, the food court at the Pennsylvania Farm Show features food that’s produced in Pennsylvania: Honey ice cream and waffles; potato donuts, fries, and baked potatoes; milkshakes, ice cream, and fried mozzarella… the list is too big to include all of it here. I like to grab good eats at the food court and carry them to one of the livestock arenas where I can enjoy a horse show or competition while munching the local fare.
Join me at the Farm Show
I’ll be at the Pennsylvania Farm Show the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12. I expect to attend at least one other day as well… and I’d love to have company. So, if you have any interest in meeting up at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, please contact me. Use this blog’s Contact Us form, or send a tweet to @cityslipper.
Did I mention? IT’S FREE! There’s no charge to attend the Pennsylvania Farm Show, though to park anywhere near it, you’ll pay $10 per car… so take a family of five (or a bunch of friends), and get a day’s entertainment for $2 per person.
Follow this link to the full schedule of Pennsylvania Farm Show events.
More information from the PA Farm Show:
‘Auction Blowout’ at PA Farm Show Complex to Sell State and … – SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of General Services. RELATED LINKS http://www.dgs.state.pa.us. Read more: ‘Auction Blowout’ at PA Farm Show Complex to Sell State and Federal Surplus Items, Bring Returns to Taxpayers.
Generous buyers help make Pa. Farm Show Sale of Champions … – Youth champions top last year’s sale at the 2010 Pa. Farm Show.
Pennsylvania Farm Show 2008 Butter Scultpure – A take on Mary Had a Little Lamb, sculptor Jim Victor creates another temporary classic. In less than two weeks, he takes over 900 pounds of butter (again.
Farm show celebrates PA agriculture – The mushroom farm community turned out in record numbers to support and star in several major events at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in January. Visitors to the 93rd show learned first-hand how the commonwealth’s agriculture industry …