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Old July 1, 2015   #1
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Default Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs, PA -- September

The 2015 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania will be Fri Sept 18-Sun Sept 20 -- http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/pennsylvania.aspx

We (Southern Exposure Seed Exchange) organize the tomato tasting for it, we'll be bringing 75-100 varieties. Like I wrote in the Heritage Harvest Festival thread, we'll be focusing on varieties featured in Craig's new book for this year's tasting.

(We'll also have peppers and muskmelons and watermelons for tasting, too!)

I've never made it to this one myself -- I usually keep busy with going to the Heritage Harvest Festival, and other folks from SESE help out with it -- but it's a big and popular event, 20,000 different folks over the 3 days! But *maybe* depending on how busy I am I'll get to finally go this year...
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Coming up this weekend! Our tomato patch is still looking pretty good, likewise the peppers, so we'll have lots to send to the tasting. (Even a few watermelons too.)

I won't make it this year -- I'm too behind in the office and out in the gardens -- but really really hope I'll make it next year!
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What an amazing time! I got to spend a good bit of time chatting with Ira and the SESE gang, and since my two workshops not only focused on (of course!) tomatoes but lots of the varieties that were being sampled in the tasting, could funnel lots of folks in that direction after my talks. It was pretty gratifying having two full/overflowing houses. Mostly, it was such fun to get to meet quite a few of my fellow Storey/Workman/Timber author mates. Great folks, and we are all grappling with the same types of issues as fairly new authors in a rapidly changing environment.

So my completely unanticipated, surprising, overwhelming year of activities is finally winding down (and I am both glad, and in a bit of a letdown). I've got a few podcasts/radio shows remaining, and three local workshops.

On to Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Alexandria, Leesburg, Morehead City, Longwood Gardens and goodness knows what else next year!
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This year's is coming up this next weekend (Fri Sept 23rd-Sun Sept 25th). Our tomatoes are holding up pretty well (we wait til early June to plant out most of our tomatoes, so that they'll still be in decent shape for Sept. festivals). So lots of tomatoes, good amount of peppers, and a few melons.

I won't make it myself -- keep hoping to make it to one of these, but doing the Heritage Harvest Festival earlier in the month is always a ton of work, and then I always end up having too much work afterwards out in the fields and in the office to catch up on...

(Not a tomato tasting, but -- if anyone's going to Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Sustainable Agriculture Conference -- I'll be at that one if anyone wants to say hi! That's Nov 4-6 in Durham, NC -- https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/)
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Hey Ken - I think my MEN Fair days are over, except for perhaps Asheville, going forward (until I get more books written, anyway). So skipping Seven Springs this year - but looking forward to the CFSA`
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Went to ours here in Oregon for the second year. Always so much to do and see. Hubby drove a tractor and got a free hat. ;-) I really love it.
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Hey Barb - did you visit the Victory Seeds booth and meet Mike and Denise Dunton? I wanted to get to the Albany OR fair, but it wasn't in the cards. Glad you had a great time! (a bit too much snake oil stuff being hawked amongst the many vendors..but to each their own!)
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Snake oil stuff...I avoided those booths. :v Yes, I am sure I got by Victory Seeds at some point. Hope some day you can get out here.
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Oregon is my old stomping grounds, so hoping that one of these years it'll work out for me to be the SESE guy who goes out for Albany.
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