Willie Nelson is taking his beloved bus:Classic car nut (and model train enthusiast) Neil Young is rolling there in style:John Mellencamp is hopping a ride in a trailer:Dave Matthews? Well, unless he figures out a way to charm whatever driver passes him along the highway, he's walking:
Where are they going?
Where we're going--Farm Aid, which Kansas City is hosting Saturday Aug. 13.
Since 1985, when Nelson, Young, and Mellencamp founded the day-long concert and "good food movement", Farm Aid has raised almost $40 million in a gallant effort to keep American farmers on their land. Each year, Farm Aid sets up camp in a different American city and the food made with homegrown crops is as much of an attraction as the soundtrack provided by A-list musicians.
While Jeni is rounding out the Lone Star State leg of her Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home book tour, our crew is deadheading on I-70 west and hauling everything they need to make Jeni's Farm Aid offering, the Sweet Corn Shortbread Sundae, a special sundae made with these Ohio ingredients:
- from-scratch biscuits (made in our kitchen)
- blueberry sauce and whole blueberries (Hirsch Fruit Farm)
- sweet corn ice cream (made by us with Hirsch's corn and Snowville Creamery's grass-grazed milk and cream)
- whipped cream (Snowville)
- mint (Jorgensen Farms)
Our crew is serving the Sweet Corn Shortbread Sundae to 100-150 V.I.P.'s during a private dinner party on the eve of Farm Aid and Saturday our crew will ensure that each musician's dressing room includes Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Buttermilk, and Pictachio & Honey ice creams.
Our crew also has been advised not to inhale too deeply if they somehow end up inside the tour bus of long-time green farming proponent Willie Nelson and they have been instructed to file a detailed report about everything Farm Aid early next week, so stay tuned.
Until then, cheers to the American farmer and cheers to everyone who buys food directly from the people who grow it.