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June 23, 2013

Farm briefs: June 23, 2013

Strawberry festival to feature food, entertainment

PERU — Rulfs Orchard is celebrating strawberry season at the second annual Rulfs Orchard Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival boasts all things strawberry including pie, shortcake, cookies, cupcakes, smoothies and more.

The fruitful fete will also feature all day fun for the entire family with music from WOKO and Mike Croghan, a petting zoo from Country Dreams Farm, a strawberry shortcake eating contest, a strawberry rhubarb pie baking contest, U-pick strawberries, interactive wagon rides, kids games and face painting and a farmers/crafters market.

Participants may enter their best strawberry rhubarb pie into the pie competition where it will be judged on presentation, taste and general delectableness. Judges are Amy Ivy from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Larry Ewald from Peru Central School District and Ian Ater from Fledging Crow CSA.

Pies should have local ingredients (no pie fillings), but ready-made crusts are allowed. Pies with nuts must be clearly labeled and pies must be in disposable tins. Pies can be dropped off by 1:30 p.m. at the pavilion. There are two divisions for the competition, junior (under 18) and adult.

“Strawberry season is one of our favorite seasons at Rulfs,” Shannon Rulfs, manager of Rulfs Orchard, said. “The strawberry festival is a way to celebrate this year’s crop and provide entertainment and education to families within our community. New for 2013, we have added a farmers market to showcase other local farms and extend our support of local products.”

For more information on Rulfs Strawberry Festival and the strawberry rhubarb pie competition entry forms, visit rulfsorchard.com.

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Funds boost healthy foods at farmers markets

ALBANY — A total of $3.4 million is being provided to help low-income Women, Infants and Children (WIC) increase their access to healthy, locally grown food at farmers markets across the state, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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