Harvest Fest at Wilcox Farms Focuses on Local Food, Local Traditions

September 22, 2009

ROY, Wash., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — What does “certified organic” really mean and why does it matter – or does it? Find out at Wilcox Farms’ third annual Harvest Fest, where visitors will also enjoy native dance and drama performed by the Nisqually Tribe, free omelets cooked and served by the Wilcox family, tractor and hay wagon rides and more on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilcox Farms, 40400 Harts Lake Valley Road, in Roy.

In conjunction with the event, Wilcox Farms will also host a free lecture series featuring speakers from Oregon Tilth, the Food Alliance and Puget Sound Salmon Safe Stream Stewards. They will share how farms are certified and what rigors they must undertake to ensure ethical and food safety criteria, and attendees will be able to see first hand how the historical Wilcox Farms conforms to these standards.

The day-long events will allow families a chance to get back to the basics and enjoy a true agricultural learning experience. Over 1,500 visitors are expected.

Guests can tour Wilcox’s organic, free-range hen houses and see the same eggs being processed and packaged, as well as see the century-old original farmstead, one room school house and farm museum. All events are free of charge.

“Wilcox Farms prides itself on being local and sustainable,” says Chris Wilcox. “We’re a local egg farm providing local food to local people. The demand for local food continues to grow and we are committed to producing products that come off our own farm. We love being able to show people where their food actually comes from.”

About Wilcox Farms Inc.

Wilcox Farms is a fourth-generation, family-run business which, this year, celebrates 100 years in operation. The company operates two egg production facilities – in Roy and Aurora, Ore. – and is one of the leading egg producers in the Northwest. In addition to shell eggs, Wilcox also provides liquid eggs to food retailers, bakeries and food service operations.

For more information about the event, driving directions, or to learn more about Wilcox Farms Inc., visit www.wilcoxfarms.com.

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