We are actively planning our 3rd Annual Hop Fest party! Our little town was blessed with the arrival of Paradise chef, Hannah Brown. Hannah moved to our town of Manton after she and her parents were burned out of their home. Ever since Hannah has arrived, she has thrown herself into helping with non-profits. She has donated hundreds of delicious and top notched culinary goods. She has overwhelmed our town with amazing foods, and I believe, inspired many of us to think outside our culinary box and create truly beautiful and delicious meals.
This year, Meyerhof Farm invited Hannah to be the guest chef at our annual farm party. We wanted to come up with something super fun to highlight all the amazing farms in our town. She decided to take our challenge of making a menu that is 99% source from Manton Farms (all but the coffee and salt). Hannah took the challenge one step further by asking community members what foods Manton is known for historically. Community members filled her comments with a list of amazing crops from peanuts, tomatoes, walnuts, stone fruits, to grapes, Bayo beans, and of course, the famous Manton Apples!
Hannah has skillfully incorporated these historic crops into our dinner menu this year. The menu is listed below, and we are all very excited!! All food is organic, and locally source, a lot from our own farm garden.
On a side note, as we prepare the farm to welcome you, our youngest daughter Maddy, wrote down on summer ‘to-do list’, ‘build things.’ So we have decided to take on the task of building farm picnic tables for our Farm to Fork Meal! Wish us luck! We hope to see you’ll here in August.
PS: Items on the menu are subject to change based on whats ripe in the garden.
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The Hop Yard
We are trying an experimental way to growing hops, the side trellis design. We retrieved old heart wood pine trunks that had been burned out by a fire in 2005, from a friends property, and drove those into the ground at an incline. We planted our plants closer than traditional hop yards, due to the short trellising feature of creating hedges of hops. We will see how this works out. All of the studies that we have read, which aren't many, seem to tell a story of moderate success growing hops in this fashion. We will keep you posted here on how well this works.