Central Iowa farmers Craig and LaVon Griffieon invite you to come and learn about how breed, growing region, diet and processing influence the taste of beef at a Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) Field Day on Saturday, September 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Griffieon Family Farm is preparing for a feast of rib-eye steak raised by PFI producers and prepared by Chef Donna Prizgintas. Participants will use a scorecard to rate the flavors they prefer during a blind taste test. Afterward, beef producers will discuss the different production and processing methods they use. The event will close with a light meal of local foods, conversation and tips for cooking meat.
The public is invited to attend this event, which is free for Practical Farmers of Iowa members and only $20 for non-members. Join Practical Farmers of Iowa now for only $35 and attend for free. Please RSVP to Tomoko Ogawa, 515.232.5661, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This will be a great opportunity for people to see what kind of beef, raised which way, tastes best to them. Will it be corn-fed or grass-fed; Angus, cross-bred or Limousin; commercial feedlot or pastured; hung for 21 days in a local locker or commercially harvested? And, what's the difference anyway?" asks LaVon Griffieon. "I can't think of any other place you could try this many types of beef to get your questions answered."
Here's background information about The Griffieon Family Farm
The Griffieon Family Farm is a diversified, 1,100-acre grain and livestock farm. Craig and LaVon and their family raise beef, chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep and horses as well as corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa and hay. The family has been farming in the Ankeny area since 1871, and this farm was designated a Century Farm in 2002. Their Limousin beef herd is descended from stock that was first raised on their farm in the 1960s.
Directions to Griffieon Family Farm: The address is 11655 NE 6th Street, Ankeny, Iowa, 50023. From I-35 take the Elkhart Exit (Exit 96). Travel west to Hwy 69 about 1.5 miles. Head south (left turn) on Hwy 69, go one mile to NE 118th Ave. (AKA NE 54th St). Turn right (west) onto NE 118th Ave. and travel 1/2 mile to the first gravel road NE 6th St. Go south on NE 6th St. (AKA Ash St). Griffieon's is the first house on the east side of the road. You'll see their mailbox mounted on a walking plow.
Practical Farmers of Iowa and its members will be hosting more than 30 field days in 2011. Most field days are free, and everybody is welcome to all of them. For a copy of the 2011 Field Day Guide, you can call the PFI office at 515.232.5661 or down load a printable PDF at http://practicalfarmers.org/events/field-days.html.
Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in the network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For information call 515.232.5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.