As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, I had the pleasure to head to the PA Farm Show this weekend, thanks to PennAg. Though I’ve lived in PA my entire life (until Sunday), I had never attended the Farm Show, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Let me just say that it was an AWESOME time! Be prepared for a HUGE amount of pictures.
PennAg Industries gave the PA Bloggers a great opportunity to attend the Farm Show and tour the full barn that they build within the complex. We were encouraged to bring family, so Travis tagged along! We got there a little early and walked around a bit before the group met up. There were horses getting their manes groomed!
And there was an extraordinary line for Potato Donuts…which I totally should have tried!
We chatted for a bit…
…and then the amazing Melissa from PennAg talked to us about the night before we headed to the barn!
The National Beef Ambassadors were the first to talk to us, and they were so passionate about the benefits of round, lean beef.
In addition to the beef cow shown above, there was a calf for us to see as well as dairy cows! The animals were so cute! I know personally I do not eat a ton of beef, but that’s mostly because I don’t enjoy the taste.
The dairy farmer, Raechel, has her own blog, Go Beyond the Barn! Check her out!
Next up: poultry! There were chickens used for eggs, ducks, broiler chickens used for meat, and turkeys! Did you know that growth hormones were outlawed for birds around 1960? Also, did you know a hen lays an egg approximated every 26 hours?
Another thing I learned: most turkeys had at Thanksgiving (or any other time they’re consumed) are females. Male turkeys average about 42 pounds! That’s a big bird! The toms (males) are used for things like turkey bacon and sausages.
Piggy time! This women was so passionate about her work, and she is a member of the Pennsylvania Pork Board. So great to talk to her! The piglets were born on Christmas day and were so adorable. We talked about the importance of crating pigs. The sows are aggressive and could attack one another which could hurt any embryos or any piglets.
We then got to see their equipment and learn about the farming aspect.
And, of course, a group picture ensued. So many awesome bloggers
Off to eat! We got the VIP treatment! The room we ate in is where they host important people like state legislatures.
Instead of waiting in the lines at the food booths, we got to order off of their menu and they brought it to us!
They even supplied amazing milkshakes!
I ordered chicken corn soup and a pulled pork sandwich. Travis got a trio of sliders: pork, chicken, and veal.
I can’t thank PennAg enough for the amazing event. We were treated like royalty and even Travis kept raving about how much he enjoyed it (and the whoopie pies we took home to enjoy after…). I also must thank Lauren for the amazing planning done on her part. She is going to be missed during her Chicago adventures!
While Lauren is away, Steph is taking over as PA Blogger planner. Although I’ve moved, they were nice enough to allow me to stay in the group! Steph also is featuring Travis and I on her “The Bride Says” series! Check out our intro post!
Have you ever been to a Farm Show??