Yeah, I know, excuses, excuses. But really – summer has been busy! This summer we’re preparing for my grandparents auction, we had work done on the house, travelled a lot and of course – I made a lot of stuff in a very little time. I also actually started UTILIZING my Etsy.com page this summer (I had it but didn’t use it much since 2009). So anyway – after all those excuses, I’m sure it’s obvious, but I’ll point it out anyway because I’m human and that’s what we do….. I haven’t posted anything on here in a long time.

All those dreams I had about writing at least three blog posts a week, sharing projects. I didn’t do it. So now I decided I’m just going to put it on my weekly to-do list as one of those things that would be unacceptable NOT to do, because in essence – writing blogs is taking a little time out for “me” and that’s something I rarely do.

So to start out getting back into the swing of things, I’ll share our recent family trip to the annual Garlic Festival held in New Ulm, Minnesota. One of our favorite activities to do as a family is find any possible “different” or “weird” festival to go to throughout the summer. We still never have made it to the Czech festival come to think of it…. OFF TOPIC …. OK back. Last year we found the “Garlic Festival”. This year was the eighth annual, I believe. We enjoyed it so much we decided we had to go back again this year.

Not only does the festival feature everything…. well, garlic, but this is the best place, I’m pretty sure, in Minnesota to find an large group of people that all have a common interest of sustainable agriculture, natural and organic cooking and all things related to those two topics. People of all ages, all walks of life. It’s not one of those festivals with a polka band, deep fried cheese curds and amusement park rides – *(which is a good amount of the festivals around rural Minnesota areas). This is one of those where people from throughout the state set up booths to not only sell their wares, but to teach people about sustainable agriculture and just good ol’ fashioned cooking.

Some of the booths there included:
•Merriweather Farms – We got the VERY BEST EVER homemade garlic butter there. The kids wanted to eat it like it was ice cream.
•Ridgeroll Farms – Owned by Jerome & Julie Vergin of Buffalo. All natural beef. ‘Nuff said.
•Hawk’s Brain Garlic – hello – there had to be over 20 different kinds of garlic on the table. It was so hard to choose. They even have a website listed on their card (www.hawksbrain.com). I eventually chose two that had heat – one a bite, one a mild heat.
•Then there was this guy (please picture insert properly here)

Another one we visited was the Vintage Farmer Inc. & Retro Market booth. Gluten free products – both years I purchased for my grandmother who, unfortunately, is on a gluten free diet. As she’s tried many products in the past, I trust her testimony that this place had the best gluten free pasta around. (I got her the onion and garlic) (and also a pizza crust). They have a website too – http://www.vintagefarmer.webs.com

Then there was the entertainment. They had the “Narren” from New Ulm, Minnesota – interesting, some cute creatures that basically dance around and don’t speak. Usually the kids are terrified of the “Narren” but this year they had some that didn’t look like people, rather animals. These the kids liked….

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