News from our Members
All invited to attend the Blackberry Festival and Family Farm Lunch on Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Elkton. A fun filled family day at the farm with lunch under the tent and live music. Featuring local blackberries for sale from St. John's Oaks.
Tickets include all activities and lunch and can be purchased online for $19.50 for adults and $9.50 for children at FAMILYBLACKBERRYFESTIVAL.EVENTBRITE.COM or a few tickets will be available the day of for $25 per person.
Lunch will include seasonal fruit salad, blackberry tarts, Minorcan chowder, blackberry shortcake, blackberry bbq chicken, potato salad, green bean salad, blackberry lemonade, Hibiscus tea, coffee, tea and a cash bar. (Menu is subject to change). Activities will include cabbage chunkin catapulting, petting zoo, live music, and hay rides.
The event will benefit
“We want to celebrate this amazing corridor of family farms still with us in St.Johns County. Keep it going by letting people know how important these farms are to our food supply, to our economy, and to what makes living here so good.”
ABOUT AMERICA’S ORIGINAL FARM-TO-FORK CORRIDOR; SINCE 1565
The farmlands that extend inland from St. Augustine channel American history. Timucuan farms sustained the Ancient City. “Farm-to-table” endowed Flagler Era hospitality. Now the nonprofit St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance is helping define this rural corridor for family visits. St. Johns County has proclaimed the corridor “critical to the survivl of local agricultural communities.” The extension office and the Putnam-St. Johns County Farm Bureau are on board.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam at a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Blue Sky Farms praised what the corridor could accomplish. “To see this county come together with an agritourism corridor is very exciting. . . it creates a whole new revenue stream potential. For society, it creates the opportunity to bring your kids and grandkids out here to see how all of this happened and have some good, old fashioned family fun.”
That’s the opportunity the Alliance has taken up: to strengthen rural life by introducing farm visits and by supporting off-farm activities of a compatible kind, like the Rype & Readi Farm-to-Fork Lunch. Like it? We’ll do it again!
Where before there were only individual farms and isolated activities, the Farm-to-Fork Corridor is becoming a defining wherewithal, an umbrella collection of things to see, do and enjoy.
Join your friends and family at Rype & Readi and experience a joyful family day and culinary experience! Wines will be Chilean & American. The fellowship will be world-class!
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