CORNELL - For the ninth summer in a row, the public is being offered free tours of farms in the region. The tours are organized by the Marquette Food Co-op so people can learn where food comes from and how it is grown.
Each year, the co-op works with area farmers to provide the public with an educational opportunity to visit local farms which produce flowers, vegetables, fruits, honey, mushrooms, maple syrup, hay, eggs, poultry and beef.
This Sunday, the public is invited to visit the Barb and Matt Guindon cattle farm in Cornell from 1 to 4 p.m. The Limousin Beef farm is located at 9111 County 416 H Road. Hay rides will also be available.
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Cattle grazing on the Guindon farm in Cornell, above, will be among the sights to see during a tour of the farm from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to take a free tour including a hay ride. Sunday’s event is one of 11 educational farm tours scheduled this summer by the Marquette Food Co-op to show people how food is grown locally.
"The tour is part of Marquette Food Co-op's ongoing effort to connect people with their food and educate the public about the importance of buying and supporting local farmers and growers," commented Abbey Palmer, the co-op's special projects coordinator.
Guindon Farms is a fourth-generation family-owned beef farm. In 1986, the Guindons took over the property, purchasing it from Barb's parents, George and Cecilia Terrien, who operated a dairy and potato farm there from 1950 to 1969.
The Guindons raise purebred Limousin cattle on organic hay naturally grown using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. The cattle are certified organic and raised naturally without hormone implants or antibiotics.
Other upcoming farms tours are scheduled this summer in L'Anse, Skandia and Marquette. Tours will take place despite inclement weather.
For more information, contact Palmer at the Marquette Food Co-op at (906) 225-0671, ext. 725, or visit www.marquettefood.coop.