After hosting a successful Sunflower and Pickle Festival, The Cottage Farm Stand and Baking Company will celebrate strawberries with its first Strawberry Festival next month.
“I just said, ‘Hey, let’s have a strawberry festival and try to promote local strawberries and ourselves,'” owner Marlene Knight said. he really took on a life of his own.”
Located at 6869 Kentucky Highway 56, The Cottage opened its doors two years ago. In addition to selling a variety of breakfast and lunch items, customers can also purchase fresh local produce and classic canned treats like pickles, relish and beets.
“Our main focus is trying to sell food, breakfast and lunch, every day of the week,” Knight said. “We sell canned pickles, green beans, beets, condiments and all, but all of these products were grown within five miles of the Cottage.”
Knight said a festival honoring the favorite early summer fruit, scheduled for June 11 and 12, seemed like a natural fit after the success of the Sunflower and Pickle Festival last year.
Planning events at the Cottage, Knight picks up where she left off after retiring from her professional career.
“My business career all my life has been being a convention planner,” she said. “The Cottage was sort of going to be our retirement jobs.”
Knight said when she first opened The Cottage, she realized that being an out-of-town way meant some people might struggle to find the business, so she decided to organize some small events to sensitize the community and promote locals. producers.
Along with a variety of strawberry-themed foods and treats, from strawberry muffins and cakes to strawberry slushes, the event will also feature nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors selling a variety of products.
Entertainment will be provided by country artist and local American Idol contestant Dakota Hayden and award-winning blues artist Tommy Marsh from Crooked Eye Tommy, Tommy Stillwell and Emmalee Chinn.
In addition to a free petting zoo, pony rides will be available for $5 per ride. The cost to attend the event is $10 per vehicle.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Sorghum Airport Fire Department’s annual fundraiser for WBKR’s Christmas Wish program.