Enjoy agricultural awareness at ‘Strawberry Sunday/e,’ July 9

STORMONT — Feeding off the success of Breakfast on the Farm three years ago, Stormont County farmers are serving up a tasty and informative encore in 2017 — with strawberries and ice cream on a Sunday in July.

There is a hunger and interest in farming education, explains Jim Wert, a dairy farmer and North Stormont Township councillor.

Wert says he spent a large portion of the winter sitting in his high-hoe with nothing to do but think. His thoughts turned back to 2014, when he and a team of local farmers organized Breakfast on the Farm — a day geared towards informing people on the importance of farming, how social media often misinforms the public about the sector, and how modern agriculture works. The well attended event gave urban residents an opportunity to observe agricultural practices for themselves and to question the various farmers in attendance.

For the flavour-filled follow-up this summer, Wert has helped bring together Dave Phillips of the Avonmore Berry Farm and Tom Speck of Kenmatten Dairy Farm of North Stormont for the cleverly titled ‘Strawberry Sunday/e.’

What’s better than strawberries and ice cream to celebrate a few of the many farming industries Canada has to offer?

Not only do these farmers offer the best strawberries and ice cream but they are very knowledgeable in what they do and are “ambassadors for the industry” and a “great combination” in general, says Wert.

The event is free thanks to sponsors like Stormont Federation of Agriculture.

The July 9 event will take place at Avonmore Berry Farm and Kenmatten Dairy Farm, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The actual strawberry sundaes will be sold at the berry farm. Proceeds will benefit the local 4-H, Junior Farmers and local Lions Clubs. Reserve your free ticket in advance at: http://bit.ly/2o7oawW

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