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Food, Family and Farming Tour

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Food, Family and Farming TourSaturday, August 15 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Abbe Turner, Lucky Penny Creamery 632 Temple Ave., Kent, OH 44240 www.luckypennyfarm.com

The Food, Family and Farming Tour at Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent will celebrate the small family farm, women in agriculture, and agricultural entrepreneurship. From 10am-5pm on Saturday, August 15, you can join four women in agriculture for an empowering day focused on raising dairy goats, making cheese, composting, and living the small farm dream.

Come to Lucky Penny Creamery early and stay late to take in the entire slate of events! http://www.oeffa.org/events.php

Keeping it Green with Abbe

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Abbe Turner was a featured guest on "Keeping it Green," Chris Bond's Saturday morning radio show on WINT- 1330AM, July 27, 2015. Bond is the Farm Horticulturist/ Farm Food Program Coordinator/ Instructor at the Laura and Alvin Siegel Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University Farm in Hunting Valley, OH. He and co-host Renee Bond spoke with Abbe about Lucky Penny Farm, Lucky Penny Creamery, and a new Food Waste for Farms grant awarded to Abbe by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) to reduce food waste by repurposing it as livestock feed and compost on area farms.

On the radio track, queue up to -48:00 thru -40:57 to hear about LPF and LPC; then -35:45 thru -21:19 to learn about Food waste for Farms: http://64.199.31.202/welw/Keeping%20It%20Green/150725KIG.mp3

A Quick Bite of Mozzarrella!

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Share a Quick Bite with Abbe and 89.7-WKSU NPR radio host Vivian Goodman, as Abbe demonstrates how to make mozzarrella cheese. This radio interview, first aired on October 17, 2014, is part of a special series of shows highlighting what's happening in the Northeast Ohio food scene.http://www.wksu.org/news/feature/quickbites/40701

Lucky Penny Creamery Awarded as Green Business

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Lucky Penny Creamery is one of five heroes of environmental conservation to be honored during the 16th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Benefit Dinner on Saturday, April 5. Recipients of the 2014 awards have been chosen for making a significant contribution to improving quality of life in Portage County through natural resource conservation and environmental awareness and protection. Lucky Penny Creamery — owned by Abbe and Anderson Turner of Lucky Penny Farm in Garrettsville — will earn the Green Business Award for providing farm-to-table local cheeses according to sustainable agricultural practices.

It all began in 2008, when Abbe earned second place in the American Dairy Goat Association’s Amateur Confection Contest with her melt-in-your-mouth Cajeta recipe, a creamy caramel sauce reminiscent of Dulce de Leche. This distinctive Cajeta was handcrafted according to artisanal practices, in small batches, from top-quality goat milk sourced from the Turner family’s own herd of La Mancha, Alpine and Nubian dairy goats at Lucky Penny Farm.

Two years later, Abbe founded Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent, which specializes in farm-fresh goat and sheep cheeses and confections, still handcrafted in small batches according to artisanal traditions and sustainable practices, sourced by trusted family goat and sheep farms in northeast Ohio.

“We are proud to produce superior local dairy goat products by managing the entire process, from pasture to plate, according to sustainable farm and kitchen practices,” says Abbe, who learned her craft at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with additional training from cheesemakers Peter Dixon and Neville McNaughton.

Lucky Penny’s family-farm approach to local specialty food has earned the brand a solid following from reputable chefs, retailers, farmers’ markets, distributors, wholesalers and ethnic food suppliers throughout the Midwest. 

It also led to the creation of Farm Girls Pub & Grub, a funky restaurant in downtown Alliance that features “local, sustainable, farm-fresh food from producers we know and trust,” according to Abbe.

The Main Street restaurant does its part toward urban renewal while serving up flavorful entrees like Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chevre Burger, “a big and juicy local grassfed beef burger with free-range smoked bacon coated in a brown sugar pepper glaze and baked until crispy, dripping with melty Chevre on a buttered toasted bun with piled with local greens, heirloom tomatoes and caramelized onions.”

Sponsored by the Portage Park District Foundation, the Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner is held each April as an opportunity to honor and thank local environmental heroes while raising funds to support park district initiatives, fulfilling the mission to conserve Portage County’s natural and cultural heritage. Other award recipients represent achievement in Environmental Education, Environmental Activism and Advocacy, Lifetime Achievement and Stewardship, and Land Conservation.

The dinner, live music, silent auction and raffle will be held 6-9pm on April 5 at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road. Call the Portage County Park District at (330) 297-7728 for more information or visit www.portageparkdistrict.org to register online. For additional information, contact Chris Craycroft at (330) 297-7728 or via email at ccraycroft@portageparkdistrict.org .

Recycle Pots & Pans @ America Recycles Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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Help provide kitchenware to families in need with Recycle Pots And Pans at the Cleveland Zoo this Saturday, November 10th from 10AM-4PM for America Recycles Day. 
Recycle Pots and Pans, an Ohio non-profit organization, collects commonly used kitchen items for recycling and redistribution to families in need. Our immediate needs include pots, pans, plates, tableware, measuring cups, silverware and small kitchen appliances. Recycle Pots and Pans distributes through Ohio non-profits including the Domestic Violence Center- Cleveland, Safer Futures-Kent, Community Action Council-Ravenna and more.  To date we have distributed over 35 kitchen sets and helped families prepare and enjoy meals at the family table. Help Recycle Pots And Pans help others by cleaning out your kitchen cabinets and do a quick, easy drive thru donation at the Cleveland Zoo this Saturday from 10-4. More information available at www.recyclepotsandpans.com, Facebook or by calling (330)715-4140.

Recycle Pots and Pans

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From Recycle Pots and Pans (http://recyclepotsandpans.com/about/)

 

Studies show that when kids eat meals with their families, they’re more likely to have nutritious diets, healthy body weights and do better in school.

Thankfully, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, providing funding to improve children’s access to healthy nutritious meals. Although this is landmark legislation, still more can be done.

Our local food banks are doing a heroic job providing more food to those in need, but often these homes lack the tools used to prepare and enjoy the food- pots, pans, plates forks and knives. The organization, Pots and Pans, was created to address this need.

The mission of Pots and Pans is to provide cooking tools to those in need through the recycling and re-distribution of commonly used kitchen items. The goal is to recycle and share tools needed for the easy preparation of meals enjoyed at the family table.

We need you!  Clean out your kitchen cabinets, shop garage sales, attend auctions and help us collect, recycle and re-use commonly used kitchen items. Are you an empty nester? Do you have elderly parents moving to smaller homes? Changes of life often identify a surplus of stuff that others can benefit from, so recycle it and donate your kitchen items to Pots and Pans.

Help us keep the good stuff moving forward. Pots and Pans is a volunteer organization guided by community members dedicated to food and family. If you are interested in helping us grow through volunteering or to donate items or funds please contact us at (info@recyclepotsandpans.com). We will gladly pick up multiple items from homes and restaurants.

Ohio Sheep Diary

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EF Ewe Lamb Delaware, OH – August 15, 2011)  Delaware County will play host to Sheep-O-Rama – a one-day educational event to promote the development of the Sheep Dairy Industry in Ohio. Set for Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware County (OH) Fairgrounds, this event was organized by the Heart of Ohio RC&D and the Ohio Sheep Milk & Cheese Initiative and sponsored in part by Innovative Farmers of Ohio.

The day’s events will focus on the business of sheep milk production including financing, facility and equipment requirements, genetics and grazing. This event should be of interest to those already raising sheep for meat or fiber that want to add value to their herd or for those considering embarking on a new farming venture.

Keynote speaker will be Claire Mikolayunas, Ph.D., Dairy Sheep Specialist from the University of Wisconsin. She is also an advisor to the Wisconsin Dairy Sheep Initiative — a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and the Dairy Business Innovation Center which provides technical and business planning support to dairy sheep producers and processors and connects them with viable markets. She has also served as President of the Dairy Sheep Association of North America. Not only can Dr. Mikolayunas answer virtually any sheep-related question, she is well versed in the demands and requirements of establishing a successful sheep dairy.

Also scheduled to speak is Bob Hendershot, USDA/NRCS State Grazing Specialist and 2010 Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award winner. He is a long-time member of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, of which he has served as president, and also currently serves as a representative for the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program. He can speak to many sheep production issues, but will focus mainly on management-intensive grazing and forage-based nutrition.

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Other speakers will include Lisa Sippel, she and her husband, Ben, are owners of the first ODA licensed Sheep Dairy in the State of Ohio, who will outline their journey from business idea to working, inspected facility and Jim McGuire, Wichert Insurance, who will identify the risks inherent in a sheep dairy operation and how to effectively manage them using “Risk Management” techniques. Plans are in the works to have sheep dairy and sheep handling equipment on-site so that participants have a first-hand view. Artisan cheese makers from around the state will be on hand to offer samples of sheep cheeses and other sheep dairy products. There will also be a presentation on how to fund your farming venture and a discussion about how dairy by-products, such as whey, can be used as a supplement and improve your bottom line. Morning coffee, breakfast and lunch will be available for a small fee from the Fairgrounds concessionaire.

For more information, contact Traci Aquara, Heart of Ohio RC&D,tkaquara@netzero.net or visit www.heartofohiorcd.org or http://ohiosheepdairy.wordpress.com/. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 after 9/26/11.  To register, please send check or money order for $20, payable to Heart of Ohio RC&D, and mail to 557 Sunbury Rd., Delaware OH 43015, ATTN: Sheep-O-Rama.

Fresh Cheese and Candies Coming

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Lucky Penny Farm in Garrettsville and Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent are special places where art, agriculture, food and family intersect. Although it exists for us as a family business and farm in rural Ohio, its just as much a state of mind dedicated to food, family, living simply and sustainably. Our goal is to use our hands for good work- in the kitchen, in the garden, in the studio, in the creamery and in our community. At Lucky Penny Farm we produce fresh, nutritious, delicious goat milk; at Lucky Penny Creamery we produce artisan cheeses and candies handcrafted in small batches.

Help us promote the Lucky Penny mission by supporting local producers and chefs, community non profits and small agricultural businesses. Not only do you get to enjoy fresh, nutritious products but your dollar supports local families and businesses dedicated to improving the fabric of rural communities as well as providing something extra special for your family table. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter by clicking on the "Subscribe" link immediately to the left of this text for ways to connect with other agricultural artisans, view simple recipes and talk small farms, goats and cheese.

Next month we will have goat cheese, cajeta and goats milk soap available for sale at local stores and restaurants near you. Please ask for Lucky Penny Farm products by name, and if you think there is a special place we should be please let us know. We would be delighted to share our farm, cheese and candies with you.

A penny for your thoughts...feel free to reach us and say "hello" through the contact link above.

Motion Passes On Creamery Zoning

Abbe Turner

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thank you to everyone who packed the room to show support for Lucky Penny Creamery. It was great see see old friends, teachers, fellow business owners and 4-H er's who believe in family farms and sustainable food production. Lucky Penny Creamery now has a new home in Kent, Ohio and by fall we will produce goat cheeses and candies, handcrafted in small batches from Lucky Penny Farm's goat milk.

Our operation located on Temple Ave. will be non-invasive, low impact, safe, environmentally sensitive and quiet. As a bonus, we believe the creamery will become a source of pride for the City of Kent as an example of local economic development and regional sustainability. Now its time to get down to work. We will be renovating the property on weekends throughout October. Let us know if you're good with a paint brush or trowel.