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Women in Farming “Budding Out” Party and Meeting.

HEAD’S UP Y’ALL.

Sunday, April 8th at 1 pm will be the Women in Farming first annual “Budding Out” party and Spring 2018 meeting.  Share and Support. Meet and Greet. Share tips, equipment, ideas, knowledge, food and socialize. Potluck (bring a dish you are famous for) and we will supply the wine and cider.

To join or follow Women in Farming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenfarmers/

Call or email Bluebird Orchards to RSVP by Friday April 6th, 2018. Address directions below.

608-546-2652
manager@bluebirdorchards.com

Address: E4495 County Road GG, Hill Point, WI 53937 (across the road from White Mound County Park about 1/2 mile east of entrance to park). 1 mile off Hwy 23, 5 miles north of Plain, 12 miles south of Reedsburg, 18 miles west of Baraboo, WI. The “barn house.”

How to Know if a Restaurant is Really “Farm to Table.”

Farm to table is becoming popular in some areas. But be sure the restaurant is truly “farm to table.” There was also a news report a few months ago regarding restaurants that were claiming to be farm to table, or using local produce, that weren’t. How can you check?

farm to table events1. LOOK IT UP. You might already have your phone out to Instagram-brag your dinner. Put it to further use: If a chalkboard boasts farm names, do a web search. Does the farm exist? Is it nearby? What do the farmers say they’re harvesting now?
2. Understand “Seasonal”
Know what grows near you and when. Before you go out to eat, check out agricultural extension websites and apps, which give real-time information about what’s in season in your area.
3. Ask How The Restaurant Defines “Local”
Within city limits, state borders, a day’s drive?
4. Go To The Source
Chat up your growers. Talk to the farmers at your local farm stands and farmers’ markets. Ask them which restaurants they work with.
5. Reward The Good Guys
If a restaurant or market makes the extra effort to bring you local products, return the favor by taking that message to a broader audience. Don’t stop at a pretty picture. Talk up where the food came from—and who grew it.

And yes. Bluebird Orchards offers Farm to Table service to restaurants in the Madison, LaCrosse, Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells areas. When we have our list for this season, we will post which restaurants use out food in our area.