Big Bend Writers
There are “writers” in the Big Bend (that’s Tallahassee, Monticello, Madison and surrounding counties) this week to familiarize themselves with food, farms and ranches of the area. Their focus is local organic and naturally produced food, and the people that make it happen. They will be touring an herb farm, bee apiary, vegetable farm and our ranch.
Tuesday evening there is a dinner planned at one of our local B & B’s, Avera-Clark House. The meal will feature local products. Organic roasted chicken, pork, goat stew, lamb kabobs with vegetables and desserts. Surprise! Surprise! I’m cooking the goat and lamb with Fred’s help. I’ll let you know how it all comes out.
Jefferson County is the WATERMELON capitol of Florida and maybe some surrounding states too, I’m not sure of that statistic. Anyway, the Watermelon Festival is one of the biggest annual events held here in beautiful Jefferson County with thousands attending each year. This year, it’s happening on June 17 and 18. Our local Jefferson County-Monticello Artisans and Growers will be working together under one umbrella, well not literally, but as a group in the Farmers and Merchants Bank (FMB) parking lot on East Washington Street between the courthouse round-about and Cherry Street.
There will be homemade soap, hand carved walking sticks, metal work on boxes, bar-b-cue sauce, vegetables, fruits – watermelon I hope – along with jelly, jam, doggie treats and lots of samples to tickle your taste buds and your puppies too. There will be aloe plants, jewelry, garden gloves and more all in this one spot. In addition, the Jefferson County Extension Office and the Carmelia Garden Circle will be selling Atlas Garden Gloves as part of a fundraiser to send two children to 4-H camp this summer.
There is a parade which starts at 10:00 AM and I’m told Main Street Monticello, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, has over 100 food and craft vendors participating. Jefferson Arts will have quilts displayed and demonstrations of airbrush painting. So walk this beautiful historic town and enjoy the sites. Oh and buy some stuff too.