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Slow Food Minnesota’s Spring Foraging Dinner on a Farm
Hazelnut Valley Farm, Lake City, MN
Sunday, May 20, 2012 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Dinner created by Greg Jaworski of Nosh Restaurant and Dan Patterson of Rabbit’s bakery
• Tours and talks about foraging and what makes a healthy farm ecosystem

Rain threatened for much of the day, but we had a tent and picnic tables. Our tours were more numerous than ever, and the guides, most from the University of Minnesota and the Department of Natural Resources, were excellent.

Tours and their leaders:
• Hazelnut facility tour and Orchard Walk, Norm Erickson
• World of Insects, Val Landwehr
• Ecology & Wild Plants, Larry Gates
• Prairie Walk, Tony Stegan
• Soil Walk and Talk, Peter Hartman, Jim Fritz, Lois Brown
• Hazelnut Processing Demo, Jim Mickelson
• Hazelnut Toasting and Tasting, Mary Erickson

Hazelnut Valley Farm. (Photos by Val Landwehr, unless noted.)

Sharon Wildfang and Reed Carpenter at the check-in table, with the greenhouse in the background.

Florence Minar setting up a display of edible wild plants.

Florence's display. (Photo: Dina Berray.)

Shepherd's Hope cheese from Shepherd's Way; Big Woods
Blue was also served. On the side were dried cherries
from Wisconsin, hazelnuts from the farm and bread from Rabbit’s Bakery.

Photo: Dina Berray.

Photo: Dina Berray.

The tour schedule.

Visiting the fields to learn about farm ecology.

Entering the greenhouse.

The root cellar.

The Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus), seen on the insect tour.

Light of the Moon Band members Mary Dushane and Nick Jordan.

Dan Patterson, owner of Rabbit’s Bakery in Lake City.

Greg Jaworski of Nosh in Lake City.

Dan’s rolls.

This bread baker also makes delicious ham.

Pork loin by Greg Jaworski.

We served wine from Crofut Family Winery.

Photo: Dina Berray.

Photo: Dina Berray.

Norm Erickson with hazelnut (from last year's event.)

Aaron Erickson.

Larry Gates, wo led tours of on ecology and edible plants.

Ralph Lentz and Barb Horter.

Sorting the collection after the insect tour.

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