Owego, N.Y. - How do you top FREE ice cream sundaes? How about with delicious and fresh locally grown blueberries and strawberries, not to mention fresh whipped cream! Come to Matthew & Katherine Kuhlman’s M.K. Dairy Farm, at the corner of Waites Road and Valley Road, in Southside Owego on Sunday, August 8, from 10-5 pm for a relaxing Sunday at the farm. In addition to the free ice cream, local food tastings, children’s activities, live music and self-guided dairy tour, this year, prepared foods and locally grown products will also be available for sale. It’s a unique opportunity to savor the flavors of Tioga County while experiencing a behind the scenes look at this successful family farm. This is the third year in a row the Tioga County Agricultural Resource Group and Senator Libous’ Buy from the Backyard initiative have sponsored this promotion.
While at Sundaes at the Farm, you’ll meet Tioga County’s Dairy Princess Madeline Kuhlman and her court, who’ll be serving refreshing milk punch from 11-1 pm, and ice cream with freshly whipped cream from 1-4 pm, courtesy of Byrne Dairy and Organic Valley. Blueberries from TLC Blueberry Farm, Barton, and strawberries from Iron Kettle Farm, Candor, are featured sundae toppings, as well as a sweet selection of other Tioga County grown toppings donated by beekeeper Tom Babcock, of Howland’s Honey, Berkshire, and Hamley’s Maple Farm, Barton. M.K. Dairy ships their milk to Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative, which has also donated chocolate milk, drinkable yogurt and a variety of cheeses for free sampling throughout the day.
4-H will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, salt potatoes and refreshments to raise money for their club, with support and food from by Dead End Farm, Candor, Organic Valley, Bloodnick Family Farm, Apalachin, and M.K. Dairy. Fresh corn will be roasted on site thanks to Our Green Acres, Owego, and Iron Kettle Farm. Products from Tioga County farms will also be available for sale, including sweet corn, produce, meats and fruit preserves.
Family members, the Animalaholics 4-H Club, Rome Veterinary Center, Organic Valley, Tioga County Master Gardeners, nutritionist Dave Stoner, the Tioga County Dairy Princess, Fay Benson from Cornell’s South Central NY Dairy Team and area agencies will be on site to share information and answer questions about the farm and its crops and animals. Fay Benson will lead interested attendees out into the pastures to learn about grassfarming and grazing livestock.
See tractors and farm equipment, cattle grazing nearby fields, cows being milked, baby calves being fed and pastured poultry. Explore the farm buildings and new heifer barn. Listen to folk music from the sheltered seating beneath large tents. Take a short walk to the historic Waits Church and cemetery right next to the farm, where restoration work has been underway to preserve this community treasure.
Children will enjoy the scavenger hunt, giant straw pile and ever popular corn box with toy tractors. The Tioga County Family Resource Center will be on hand with more activities for young kids.
This promises to be a fun-filled day, so bring your friends, family and and enjoy free ice cream sundae at Sundaes at the Farm. Please leave pets at home. For more information or directions, call 607-687-7440, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the calendar of events at http://www.visittioga.com/
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