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Farm Fest: A celebration of farming in Lysander

Josie Pennock pets the hoof of a baby goat at Bella Via Farms, which will participate in this Saturday’s Farm Fest. Owned by Bella and Kevin Stahl, Bella Via Farms is in its second year of operation.

Josie Pennock pets the hoof of a baby goat at Bella Via Farms, which will participate in this Saturday’s Farm Fest. Owned by Bella and Kevin Stahl, Bella Via Farms is in its second year of operation. Photo by Erin Wisneski.

— Read more about each farm below:

Abbott Farms

A family owned farm serving the local community since 1866, Abbott Farms grows fruits and vegetables and provides free-range beef. During Farm Fest, the facility will offer workshops about their baby animals, information on anti-oxidant rich foods, an “Ask the Farmer” session, wagon rides, product samples and much more.

“Learn about life on the farm, how our food is grown and how you can bring healthy food choices to your dinner table and family throughout the year,” said owner Warren Abbott.

Stop by Abbott Farms’ Country Farm Store as well where you can shop for farm fresh local dairy, produce, gift items, bulk foods and baked goods. Abbott Farms is located at 3275 Cold Springs Road; call 638-SPUD or visit abbottfarms.com.

Bella Via Farms

Bella Via Farms is a family goat farm as well as a modern processing facility. Striving to produce a high quality alternative to traditional cow milk for consumers that have problems digesting the proteins in cow milk, Bella Via offers goat milk as a dairy choice.

“Goats in general are the most consumed meat and Dairy product in the world,” said Bella Stahl, who owns the facility with her husband, Kevin. In addition to being very resilient animals with a much smaller eco footprint than that of cattle, most people can digest goat’s milk even if they can’t digest cow’s milk because the protein is smaller in goat products, Bella added.

During Farm Fest, Bella Via will offer guided tours of the cheese and milk bottling plant as well as milking demos at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There will also be a baby goat petting area, food demos including feta cheese bruschetta and tastings of goat products (milk, cheese, ice cream and fudge) and the CNY Dairy Goat Association will have an informational booth on site.

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