Kickapoo. It’s a fun word to say, don’t you think? And so many connotations. It’s an Algonquin word meaning “one who goes here, then there.” And the name of a native American tribe, and also a river that runs through the gorgeous Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. It’s a perfect name for this river, because it meanders all through the region.
Only a few short weeks and I’ll be traveling there to appear at the Kickapoo Country Fair. It’s Organic Valley’s annual gift to their neighbors and is a stellar festival of farmers and their kindred friends.
I wanted to give you plenty of notice, because if you can make the trip, I’ve got a yogurt smoothie with your name on it! I’ll be blending up smoothies and grilling cheese sandwiches at the kitchen tent. There’s also live music, authors, farm tours and of course delicious organic food. This year I’m looking forward to hearing Temple Grandin, the animal welfare expert who has dramatically changed the way livestock animals are slaughtered. She also has the distinction of having Claire Danes play her in a movie about her life.
Come join me at the fair
And more than that, I want you to be my guest. The fair organizers are serving up goodies for me to give away. I have four fair passes (a $40 value) five product coupons (a $50 value) and a reusable Organic Valley bag. And I’m offering a second prize, four more coupons for drinkable yogurt for folks who may want to enter but aren’t sure you can make the trip to LaFarge. These are the coupons Organic Valley gave me for recipe testing, and I enjoyed the yogurt so much I wanted to share.
The festival is in LaFarge, Wisconsin on July 24 & 25.
Enter in the comments! Tell me about your favorite organic farmer, about your favorite farm experience, or your favorite Organic Valley product. Winners will be pulled at random on Friday, July 2 at 11 a.m. central time.
If you don’t know about Organic Valley, it’s a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,600 farmer owners. Of course they are organic, meaning they produce without chemicals, and they also place a great importance on herd health by requiring that cows spend more time on pasture, which is not necessarily the case with other organic producers, and definitely not the case with commercial herds.
If you might not be able to travel to the fair, comment anyway. I’m always looking for stories of people who love their farmers. And cows.