Intriguing demonstrations included "You can kraut," "Farm your yard," "Mad knife skillz," and "Wild food and tamed greens."
Even the nonprofits were local--Food Gatherers sat with a beautiful bouquet of beets. Leslie Science and Nature Center challenged children to match the tricky tracks to the wily animals that live among us. The Huron River Watershed Council offered "homegrown" drinking water from the Huron River.
My daughters loved going from booth to booth, creating the ultimate gourmet local sampler for our dinner, while also foraging for "tries," until ten-year-old Niu Niu finally met her match at the table offering samples of forty different varieties of locally grown tomatoes. Niu Niu does not eat tomatoes. Her hunter-gatherer impulse came to an abrupt halt, and it was time to go home.
This year's Homegrown Festival is held on September 10.
[Originally published in September, 2011.]