Taste of Montcalm educates public about locally grown foods

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:13 am on Monday, June 25, 2012

Guest line up to get their food during a barbecue pork dinner sponsored by the Montcalm County Farm Bureau on Sunday during the Taste Of Montcalm. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

GREENVILLE — The Farm Bureau Taste of Montcalm pork barbecue dinner officially kicked off this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair at the new exhibit building Sunday.

The dinner was designed to bring awareness of the foods and products made in Montcalm County, according to Patricia Hyde, Montcalm County Farm Bureau promotion and education chairwoman.

“Our goal is to educate the public more about what we have here,” Hyde said.

Before the dinner, the committee sold about 450 tickets to the dinner, which left about 50 more to be sold at the door.

The dinner included pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, potato chips, milk, ice cream, iced tea and lemonade.

Farm Bureau President and Fair Board Vice President Trent Hilding said he had two reasons why he believed it was important to showcase the dinner at the fairgrounds.

The first reason is to show off the new exhibit building and the other parts of the fairgrounds.

“The second is to show what’s going on in Montcalm County,” Hilding said, adding that the event showcases what neighbors are producing.

Through the dinner, Hilding said Farm Bureau is able to reach out to the community and get the community involved.

Huckleberry’s Restaurant of Greenville catered the event. Co-owner Linda Huckleberry said they made enough sandwiches for everyone to have two, which is about 1,000 sandwiches.

“We made about 300-plus pounds of meat,” she said.

Linda and Mike Huckleberry said they buy Michigan-made products every time they are able to from vendors for their restaurant.

The Parker family of Greenville came out to the fairgrounds to take part in the Taste of Montcalm dinner.
“It’s a positive outlet for kids,” said Heather Parker.

Her son Hudson Parker, 7, said he was having fun and enjoying the food.

“My favorite is the beans,” Hudson Parker said.

This is the second year for the dinner. Last year, Hyde said a steak dinner was held. The Farm Bureau has also hosted the Taste of Montcalm event at Greenville’s Danish Festival in the past.

“We hope to grow next year,” Hyde said.

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