Residents interested in local agriculture can attend a showcase to sample locally grown products.
The Chautauqua County Farm Bureau is hosting the seventh annual Pride of Chautauqua event on Sunday, April 6, from 1-4 p.m., at the Fluvanna Fire Hall. Admission is free.
The event will feature local agricultural products for sample and purchase, including vegetables, fruit, eggs, wine, meat, cheeses, garden supplies, maple products and bakery items. Producers will be available throughout the event to answer questions about their products and agricultural operations.
A view of various booths from the 2013 Pride of Chautauqua Event.
Alongside hands-on activities for children, presentations from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County's Master Gardener program and live animal and nursery demonstrations, the Pride of Chautauqua event will feature live cooking and food preparation demonstrations.
At 3 p.m., dishes prepared by 3 C's Catering, using local products donated by county farmers, will be available to sample.
"We thought it was important to show how easy it is to buy local and enjoy local," said Karen Barie, Pride of Chautauqua planning committee chairperson and Chautauqua County Farm Bureau vice president. "People need to see that they too can make the exact same thing in their own home."
According to Barie, the primary benefit of this event is to increase the public knowledge that quality products are available from local producers.
"You hear more and more issues every year regarding food safety concerns that affect the health and well being of your family. People are much more aware and conscious of the safety of their foods and where their food was produced," Barie said. "Buying local is the easiest way to secure a safe, known food source for your family, and there is nothing like fresh-from-the-farm taste."
Chautauqua County schools are continuing to add locally grown foods to their school lunch programs, according to Barie.
With more than 1,500 farms, Chautauqua County has the highest number of farms per county in the state.
"We believe that a strong and viable agricultural industry is beneficial to our economy, and also to our local communities," said Barie. "This event is a way to not only showcase Chautauqua County's agricultural industry, but also to take pride in what this area has to offer - safe, local and convenient access to home-grown products," she said.
Shults Auto Group, a sponsor of the event, will be displaying a 2013 Chevrolet pick-up truck throughout the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring along nonperishable food items in an attempt to fill the bed of the truck. All items collected will be donated to county food banks and soup kitchens.
A drawing to win a gift basket filled with local products will conclude the event.
The Fluvanna Fire Hall's new location is at 3536 Fluvanna Townline Road in Jamestown.
The Chautauqua County Farm Bureau is a non-governmental volunteer organization financed and controlled by families for the purpose of solving economical and public policy issues challenging the agriculture industry.