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Antioch College food sustainability coordinator Isaac Delamatre carted over a dozen of Peifer Orchard watermelons back to campus for the week's fruit basket.

Antioch College food sustainability coordinator Isaac Delamatre carted over a dozen of Peifer Orchard watermelons back to campus for the week's fruit basket.

Peifer’s opens for summer

Peifer Orchards opened this month with bushels of local fruits and vegetables, some of it grown at the farm and some of it trucked in from other farms in the region. The farm is currently selling sweet corn, cantaloupes and watermelon, as well as vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. Though Peifer’s own trees did not bear peaches after the brutal winter, the farm will soon have peaches from Pennsylvania, as well as their own raspberries. Peifer apples will start in August.  

Visitors this weekend can also enjoy La Pampa Grill’s traditional Argentine barbecue, which opens with a family picnic parrillada on Saturday, July 26, 5–7 p.m. Owner Mariano Rios will turn out local grass-fed beef, chorizo sausage and vegetables from his wood-fired grill. Adults are $18, kids under 12 are free. Visitors are encouraged to bring side dishes, wine, drinks and blankets and chairs to spread out on the lawn.    

In addition to selling their own products, Peifer’s also sources local and regional fruit to Antioch College, whose food sustainability coordinator Isaac Delamatre is trying to maintain relationships with many local farmers to feed the 200 people on campus each day. With its own vegetable and animal farm on campus and sources of meat, dairy and produce from farms in the Miami Valley, the college kitchens serve about 28–32 percent local food — a number Delamatre is proud of but hopes to exceed in the coming years.

 

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