2016 IPM cookbook unveiled

The 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) cookbook was officially unveiled last weekend at Flowers of Fragrance lavender farm near Harriston.

A Fresh Taste of Farming is the latest edition in a long tradition of producing a cookbook for the IPM, summer student Valerie Hruska told the Advertiser at the July 18 event.

“It contains over 500 recipes from kitchens all across Wellington County, including feature recipes from some of the best local producers that Wellington County has to offer,” she said. “There’s about a dozen of those scattered throughout.”

The committee of nine began organizing the cookbook in February.

“All of these recipes were submitted by individuals who sent them to us,” Hruska explained.

“So it’s like a community cookbook that includes everyone across Wellington County, so from Guelph to Minto to everywhere in between.”

There were no parameters included in the call for recipes – the committee was just looking for the best the community had to offer.

“We’re trusting that they include tried-and-true classics from across the county with some new favourites thrown in there as well,” Hruska said. “And people were extremely generous when they were providing us with recipes.”

The unveiling event included wagon tours of lavender fields and Celtic music by the Fair Wind Celtic Quartet.

Participants also received a copy of the cookbook, designed by The Wellington Advertiser and printed by Fergus Printing.

The cookbook itself is $10 and is available for purchase at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, Minto municipal office, Evergreen Variety and Steckle’s in Harriston, from any of the committee members or by calling Valerie at 519-510-2016. Check www.plowingmatch.org for more outlets that will be selling cookbooks as they become available.

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo comes to Wellington County Sept. 20 to 24, 2016 just south of Harriston on the farm of Anne and Earl Schneider.

The IPM website www.plowingmatch.org contains information on volunteering and an application form.