DANSVILLE — Historic downtown Dansville showcased the farming community on the Second Annual Farm Days.
On June 1 wagon rides, tractors, baby animals, and farmers came out to show the community the importance of what they do. Dansville Promotions and Marketing Member Heidi Bugman came up with this idea last year.
Heather Overholt of David Marks Farms came out with free Byrne Dairy ice cream and Upstate Farms milk boxes.
“Heidi is a friend of mine who knows what it is like to grow up on a farm,” she said. “She reached out to me about coming down. This is a busy time of year for all of us. We are planting, and getting our fields ready.”
Overholt said this is a great event for the whole community to come out, and see what farming is all about.
“We (farmers) are a small community. We all know about each other, and if one of us is in need the others are there to help,” she said. “It is great to have the community come out, and see what farming is all about.”
Sharon Everman of H. Everman Farms brought her tractor pulling champion “Wild Hare” to downtown. Everman said she has won four championships with this tractor in the 16 years she has owned it.
“I think this is great for the community,” she said. “The kids really love it, because many of them have never seen a cow, lamb, goat, or pig before.”
Everman said they do about 40 tractor pulls a year and go all over the country.
“We do this for our vacation after the farm is taken care of,” she said. “We meet a lot of interesting people, and get to travel all over doing it.”
Bugman said it is always great to celebrate the farming community.
“This not only brings people to our town, but gets a lot of support out there to our farms,” she said. “It is important that our community works with our farmers. We wouldn’t have milk, cheese, fresh produce, or meat without them.”
FitzPatrick Farm Market supplies all the fresh produce for several restaurants in our area.
“We have some restaurants asking us for fresh produce, but we would like to supply all of them,” Shane FitzPatrick, of FitzPatrick Farm Market said. “Right now I am just trying to sell my rhubarb and asparagus. We grow two acres of asparagus, and they grow real fast in this heat. We are out there picking them everyday.”
Jordan Jaeger of Bug-N-Boo Jaeger Honey Bee Apiary is a beekeeper on Reeds Corners Road.
“I really like the opportunity to have local guys come down, and be able to show off what they do,” he said. “I have 25 hives of all Honey Bees on my property. I am selling beekeeping equipment, honey, beeswax candles, chapstick, and more.”
Jaeger has been doing this for about 16 years, but he has just gotten back into it this last year.
“My father got me interested in doing this. I am trying to get my daughters interested in carrying on the tradition,” he said. “You wouldn’t have all of these crops on the farms without bee pollination.”
Susan DeMuth of Dogwood Trading Company said that there was a great turnout for this event, and she is happy to get started on next First Friday. Fairy Festival is July 6 and will bring imagination and fun to the downtown area.
“I love when we do these events. People are starting to catch on that we are doing these events every First Friday,” she said. “It is something different for our town to look forward to.”
Gary Burley of East Hill Creamery worked on a dairy farm for almost 40 years, and has done cheese for two years.
“This is a passion of ours to do cheese,” he said. “Our kids are now handling the dairy farms, and my wife and I are doing the cheese. The cheese all has local names tied to it such as Silver Lake, Underpass, Happy Accident, and Underpass Reserve.”
For more information on Bug-N-Boo Honey Bee Apiary visit https://bugnboohoney.com
For more information on East Hill Creamery visit http://www.easthillcreamery.com
For more information on FitzPatrick Farm Market visit http://www.fitzpatrickfarmmarket.com