Saturday, January 15, 2011

FARM SHOW!

Yesterday was the start of our gluttonous year: The Pennsylvania Farm Show.  True, a lot is going on during this week-long event, but our family favorite thing to do is to chow down of the scrumptious deliciousness served each year: pulled pork sandwiches, fried veggies, chicken corn soup, honey ice cream, baked potatoes and my favorite THE MAPLE STAND.  This is the reason why we waited at least 20 minutes in the freezing cold to catch the shuttle to the front door.

Crazy, you say?  We were not alone.  Many families, young and old, stood in line to wait for these busses.  The food alone makes the wait worth it.  All the food stands are sponsored by associations: The Bee Keepers, The Potato Growers, The Vegetable Growers, The Livestock Association, etc.  The food is to die for.  You would think going year after year you would get tired of the fare.  YOU DON'T. 

This year, the maple stand had a surprise for me - maple frozen yogurt!  YUM!  It was so heavenly, that when I gave my son a spoonful, he spent $3 of his own cash to get his own cup, rather than share with me.  Greedy little bastard.

It's not all about the food; there are other attractions.  We saw cows, goats, pigs, horses, llamas & alpacas.  We got to pet bunnies, see chicks hatch and watch a mama pig feed her baby piggies.  We got to see articles of clothing made from sheeps wool, from step 1 (shearing the sheep) to the end (the final product).  It's amazing the amount of work that goes into a simple shawl!  All this, and more, while trying to dodge piss spots and piles of poop.

So, while this isn't for everyone, it's nice to see where our food comes from and how it gets to the grocery store.  At the end of the day, with tired feet and an empty wallet, we went home with 2 dozen potato donuts.  Fat and happy. 

http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/