Just a reminder that, as we are now in September, there will be days that our office will be having different hours than normal. While I may not be in the office, I will be available via my cellphone, the number for which is listed on the office voicemail system. Right now, I know I will not be in the office on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
We are taking orders for this fall’s Ag in the Classroom Fundraiser. We are again doing a freezer meal program. We have had very positive feedback on this program this past year. The deadline to order meals is Sept. 18. You can stop by our office and pick up a set of 10 meals. All you will need to do is take them home and cook them! All instructions are provided. The meals included this time in the pack include: Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork, Smoked Meatloaf, Pulled Chicken, Swedish Meatballs, Bourbon Chicken with Green Beans, Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing, Tator Tot Casserole, Lasagna, Beef Stew, and Chicken Pot Pie. Each meal feeds 4 to 5 people. The set of 10 meals costs $160 and will be available for pickup from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. There is a limited number of sets available, so be sure to get your order in today! Order forms are available on our website, www.carrollcfb.org.
The freezer meal program is a great way to support our Ag in the Classroom program, which is also knee deep in back-to-school mode. We share a coordinator with Ogle County. Melinda spends most of her days during the school year visiting classrooms. She teaches all aspects of agriculture, from apples to pumpkins to cranberries to wheat to cattle to swine and beyond. All of the topics Melinda teaches includes hands-on activities to help teach students where their food, clothes, and more come from. If you have not had the opportunity, I encourage you to ask an elementary student what Miss Melinda has taught them. You will surely hear the excitement in their voice as they describe what they learned.
How is it fall already? It is time for football and pumpkin spice! Fall also means it will soon be time to order holiday fruit and nuts, the 2018 calendars will be coming in before we know it, and it is turning into candle season. We have been reviewing our candle sales for the past year, and they may be on the chopping block. There was once a day, I know I have been around a long time, where we sold many, many candles. The need was there to reorder every other month. Times have changed. We see it more and more every day. Our candle sales have dropped greatly this past year.
With fall, we are evaluating the past year, as I just finished typing up our annual reports. For those who know me, you know I like to be busy. My goal is to find more programs this coming year that we can do in the winter months. Our summer schedule is very full with the tractor drive, pedal tractor pulls, membership appreciation, fair, and festivals. So be on the lookout for any and all new ideas!