(PRWEB) June 25, 2014
Local agricultural lender, Farm Credit of the Virginias, partnered with three other Farm Credit associations to host the Blue Ribbon Tastes from Farm Credit in Washington, D.C. June 10 and 11.
Farm Credit of the Virginias partnered with AgChoice Farm Credit, Colonial Farm Credit, and MidAtlantic Farm Credit to host the annual Tastes from Farm Credit event, held in Washington, D.C. The associations catered a lunch for House representatives on Tuesday, June 10 and Senate representatives on Wednesday, June 11.
The associations worked with caterers Gourmet Central, located in Romney, West Virginia, and Fish Hawk Acres, located in Rock Cave, West Virginia, to design a custom menu for the event. The menu included individual pint size milk in white and chocolate flavors from Mt. Crawford Creamery in Harrisonburg, VA. The chicken that was used for the grilled chicken slider sandwiches came from Pilgrim’s Pride located in Moorefield, WV. Flank steak was provided by three beef farms for the steak flatbread sandwiches: Flying W Farm in Burlington, WV, Meadow Hill Farm in Purcellville, VA and Milcreek Farm in Lovettsville, VA. The wide variety of jams and jellies were made by Gourmet Central with produce from their farm, Bigg Riggs, located in Augusta, WV. The flower arrangements were created by Harmony Harvest from Weyers Cave, VA. Bowers Maple Farm made the maple candies that were given to guests that visited the ‘Farmers Market’ during the luncheon. “This event gives us the chance to showcase Farm Credit customer’s products and connect them directly with legislators who may not see how we impact agriculture on a daily basis,” says Dave Lawrence, CEO of Farm Credit of the Virginias.
In addition to the luncheon, staff and board members from each association met with representatives from their regions over the course of both days. “It is important that we stay on top of the agriculture issues we are facing today,” says Lawrence. “We all need to work harder to keep our legislators informed about our industry.”
The Tastes from Farm Credit event is held each year in Washington, D.C. For more information about this event, including more of the customers who provided produce and recipes of the items served, please visit http://www.blueribbontastes.com/index.html.
Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.5 billion dollars in financing to more than 10,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit http://www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or http://www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com