WHAT Pickin’ in the Street

WHEN 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DETAILS A celebration of local foods and  music on Main Street in Penn Yan

MORE INFO www.pymercantile.com

“Locavores” and lovers of Bluegrass music will be in heaven on Aug. 20 in Penn Yan when a new festival celebrating local food and music will be held.

Shoppers can use this event as an opportunity to become familiar with some of the foods that are truly unique to the area, including ancient foods like Frikkeh, or roasted green wheat.

Cooked like rice, Frikkeh is one of the “hottest” items on New York City menus now, according to local organic farmer Klaas Martens. The Frikkeh available in Penn Yan is made from organic spelt grown on Martens’ farm. Available at the festival host store, Pennsylvania Yankee Mercantile, shoppers aren’t likely to find it in more than a handful of other stores on the East Coast, let alone Upstate New York.

Celebrate the region’s bounty while tapping your toes to the down-home sounds of three area bands.

Pickin’ in the Street will be held on the south end of Main Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and will feature local, natural and organic foods and more.
Elizabeth and Daniel Hoover, owners of the Pennsylvania Yankee Mercantile, are organizing the festival, which will be held rain or shine.

Pennsylvania Yankee Mercantile is a 100 mile market that sells local, natural and organic foods, all produced within 100 miles of the store.

The Hoovers say the festival coincides with their passion for local and natural culture.

The Bluegrass bands include: 43 Main St. Band of Dundee, Eva and the Dog Boys of Rochester and Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads of Romulus.

Additional activites will include a farmers market, basket weaving, face painting, apple bobbing, and a contest called “The Backyard Dish.”

Everyone is invited to put together a dish of food that includes only ingredients from their property (with the exception of spices and cooking oils). The dishes will be tasted and judged by a panel, and the winner will receive a prize.

There will be a wide selection of foods made with all natural or organic locally grown ingredients offered by local individuals and businesses.

Some of the area foodshed products that will be available include Black Angus burgers, pork roast, sweet corn on the cob, salt potatoes, baked beans, salads, melons, grape juice, teas, pies and, of course, Penn Yankee homemade organic ice-cream made right at the festival.