The annual Sundaes at the Farm event was held at Mead Farm in South Owego on July 29, from noon to 3 p.m. The event drew in 740 visitors, and 675 free ice cream sundaes were served. There were also many dairy donations on hand including milk from Byrne Dairy, a variety of yogurts Chobani, delicious mini cheese bricks from Cabot Cheese, and ice cream from Wegmans.
Guests had a choice of a blueberry sauce (berries donated from Gary’s Berries), strawberry sauce (berries donated from Terry’s Berry Farm), chocolate syrup made by Confection Connection, and maple syrup made by Cupola Ridge Farm. Other sponsors of the event included Dairy Farmers of America, Home Central, the Tioga County Farm Bureau, Tioga Downs Casino Resort, Tioga State Bank, and Ward and VanScoy.
Family-friendly activities included the Tioga County Dairy Princess and New York State Dairy Princess helping dish out ice cream sundaes and serve other diary treats, the Tioga County Dairy Ambassadors speaking about the benefits of local
dairy and serving milk punch; free ice cream sundaes with locally made toppings; a vendors’ market with various local foods and products for purchase; learning stations around the farm to educate the entire family on farm operations; a farm equipment display; face painting; a chicken BBQ; live music by Mountain Top Ramblers; and for the younger attendees – a scavenger hunt!
Sundaes at the Farm is a great opportunity for not only our own community, but also the surrounding communities, to come out and tour a local dairy farm and learn about agriculture. The Tioga County Ag Resource Group received many positive comments from participants.
Events like Sundaes at the Farm are vital to create awareness of, and appreciation for, the agricultural industry in Tioga County. Support of their sponsors helps them further this mission by making this family-friendly event possible.
The Tioga County Agriculture Resource Group (ARG) has been holding Sundaes at the Farm for the last 11 years, with the goal of educating both rural and urban landowners in the county by giving them an
opportunity to spend a few hours on a working dairy farm. This free celebration of local agriculture brings the public to a different farm every year where they can enjoy locally grown foods and other products, while experiencing the farm firsthand. They can meet the farm family and learn about agriculture from agencies and businesses.
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