October 29, 2014 – East Aurora, NY: In honor of the Erie County Farm
Bureau 100 year celebration, the New York State Commissioner of
Agriculture and Markets will be attending the third annual Farmers Feast
in Clarence on Friday, November 6, 2014. Open to all friends of farming,
tickets are on sale now for $25 per person to include dinner and social.
$30.00 after October 31.
A long standing member of Farm Bureau, the Commissioner of Ag & Markets,
Richard Ball, is the chief adviser to the Governor directing policy and
programming intended to enhance opportunities for New York State growers
and producers. Governor Cuomo appointed Mr. Ball to the Commissioner role
in January 2014.
In recent months, the Commissioner has announced grants to support
farmland protection programs, funding for soil health initiatives in
addition to highlighting 170 homegrown New York brewing companies from all
ten regions of the State.
“Nothing says fall like a taste of local Oktoberfest, Harvest or Pumpkin
ales, and the good news for New Yorkers is that our top notch beer makers
have unbelievable varieties to choose from this season” enthused
The Erie County Farm Bureau event features locally sourced meats and root
crops along with tastings of New York State produced beverages. Closing
the night, the Spoth family, owners of Kelkenberg Farm on Wolcott Road in
Clarence Center, share their favorite apple covered cider donut dessert
with all guests.
“We started the Farmers Feast program three years ago as a member
appreciation night and it has grown into a social event for farmers, their
families and all friends of agriculture,” added Patrick Spoth, Erie County
Farm Bureau President. “This year is extra special because the Cornell
Cooperative Extension and Erie County Farm Bureau are celebrating 100
years serving Erie County agriculture.”
Erie County Farm Bureau and the Cornell Cooperative Extension were once
under the same umbrella when established in Erie County in 1914. Half a
century ago, the two organizations intentionally divided to provide
greater focus in their areas of expertise: Farm Bureau leads state-wide
advocacy and influences policy while the Cornell Cooperative Extension is
fully engaged in education programming.
At the Farmers Feast next Friday evening at the Clarence Town Park, a
brief program will be followed by comfort food and abundant gift basket
raffle. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Erie County Farm Bureau
office at 716-652-5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets