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The Center for Agroforestry

7th Annual Missouri Chestnut Roast

Saturday, October 17, 2009
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center
New Franklin, Missouri
Assistance dogs allowed - no pets

Baer's Pure Scents
All natural body & bath specialties booth

Capps' Chestnut Orchard
Fresh chestnuts booth

Chestnut Charlie
Fresh certified organic chestnut booth

Forrest Keeling Nursery
Potted grafted chestnut tree booth

Hammons Products Company
Black walnut products booth

Grand Valley Farms
Pecan snack products booth

Ironweed Bluegrass Band
Musical entertainment

Lincoln University Extension
Native plants exhibit booth and walking tours

MO Northern Pecan Producers
Pecan products booth

Mama Trujillo's Foods
Grand River Chestnuts
Green chili product and fresh chestnuts

MU Buck's Ice Cream
Ice cream booth

MU Campus Dining Services
Cooking with chestnuts demonstration

MU Entomology Department
Edible insects and children's activity booth

MU Center for Agroforestry
Informational exhibit booth
Chestnut roasting booth

Native Plant Society
Wreaths, dried plant materials, native and live plants booth

The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc.
Schlafly brand beer booth

New Franklin High School Boosters Club
Food concession booth

W. H. Brookhiser & Sons, LLC
Fresh certified organic chestnut booth

Patric Chocolate
Artisanal chocolate product booth

Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Missouri wines booth

Ernest Hilderbrand
Specialty wood lathing demonstrations

MU Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology
Information booth and on-site vineyard walking tours

MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Information booth

Goatsbeard Farm
Goat cheese booth

SPK Foods, LLC
MaMa Jo's Gourmet Honey Mustard booth

Prairie Hill Farm Greenhouses
Native plant booth

Huffstutter Orchards
Apple booth

MO Department of Agriculture
Information booth

MissouriLife Magazine
Information booth

Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners
Information booth

MO Consulting Foresters
Information booth

Fursteneau Elk Farm
Elk meat product booth

MO Walnut Council
Information booth



Musical entertainment was provided by the Ironweed Bluegrass Band. Executive Chef Eric Cartwright of the MU Dining Services conducted a cooking demonstration and prepared three unique chestnut dishes on the stage. Tours available throughout the day included walk-through tours of the newly rehabilitated 1819 Thomas Hickman House, bus tours of the farm, and guided walking tours of the research areas and the new vineyard. Several demonstrations were set up at the event including a Wood Mizer Saw, and a wood artist demonstrated how to make specialty wood bowls using a lathe.

Free samples of fresh roasted chestnuts were available throughout the day in the Agroforestry Center booth and many of the producers had free tasting samples of their products including wines; specialty beers, chestnut, pecan and black walnut products; apples; nut candy and snacks; artisanal chocolate; goat cheeses, mustards; honey; elk meat products; green chili products; and many other gourmet products. The New Franklin High School Athletic Boosters Club members operated the food concession tent and sold grilled elk, buffalo, and beef burgers and brats.

Activities for the children included a Chestnut Roast Fact Hunt and a straw bale maze. The MU Enns Museum staff operated a children’s activity booth that featured face painting, Madagascar cockroach races and edible insect sampling.

Click here to view the Chestnut Roast Photo Gallery.

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