Here in central PA, we are known for the Pennsylvania Farm Show which is in January. Essentially a state fair in buildings, people bring their award winning farm animals in for judging, there are huge displays of the latest in farm equipment and the food is famous. Of course, the reason it’s famous is that people aren’t paying attention to the fat content. There is a reason that milkshakes that have full fat milk and full fat ice cream taste *so* much better than anything else. They go through around 10,000 gallons of milkshake mix in 8 days.
The Farm Show is housed in a big complex of buildings to the east of the city that contain it and many other events through the year, most with a agricultural theme, from cow shows, to equestrian events and some other things thrown in like car shows, dog shows and this garden show. The thing is huge with enough space in some of the arenas to have tractor pulls, etc.
This year, feeling definitely spring-feverish, my husband and I attended the garden show. In one of the large areas (ceilings are probably around 25’, 7.5 meters or so), close to a dozen landscapers brought in dirt, rocks, trees and many bricks and liners to make life size dioramas of what they can do. All were gorgeous and many had outdoor fireplaces with pergolas and shelters to allow one to live out side quite graciously. My big favorites were the outdoor wood fired pizza ovens. I just wish they weren’t so crazy expensive. I guess I’ll have to be happy with my chimenea. We have a large cast-iron one. Continue reading “From the Bar – Stonekeep Mead and a review of our local garden show”