Farm - The Saint Report
of a buckwheat cake, stolen from the Preston
County Buckwheat Festival official website, graphically demonstrates
why only professional food photographers should be allowed to take
pictures of food.
September 25 through
Sunday, September 28, Kingwood, West Virginia, is hosting its annual
Preston County Buckwheat Festival. Rather than doing my normal tongue-in-cheek
review of the event, I will let Kingwood do my work for me....
Cake Dinners From the Kingwood VFD Community Building kitchens, all-you-can-eat
Buckwheat Cake Dinners are served with Preston County produced whole
hog sausage (two patties come with the dinner, but extra patties may
be purchased), margarine, syrup, applesauce, and a choice of beverage.
each Buckwheat Festival, thousands of visitors flock to the KVFD Community
Building to feast on Preston County's famous buckwheat cake and sausage
dinners. The record number of dinners served during a four-day Festival
at the KVFD alone is 16,129. The "Grocery list" required to feed such
a throng is truly mind-boggling. The sausage is a totally Preston
County product, except for the seasonings. 4-H and FFA project hogs
are prepared at the Preston High School meat processing facility.
[Now that is something most high schools can't boast of having!] Then,
in the Community Building's pristine "Meat Room" [ditto], this
prime pork is cut up, twice ground, seasoned and pattied. For the
above record year, 11,442 pounds of pork were made into 37,201 patties
(5 patties per pound) to be served as part of the Community Building
dinners. Used to season this sausage were 12 pounds of Jamaican ginger,
18 pounds of black pepper, 150 pounds of salt, and 288 pounds of brown
sugar. Beside the sausage, some of the supplies ordered were 612 pounds
of margarine, 4,944 (original order) half-pints of milk, 288 #10 cans
of applesauce, 1,238 24-ounce bottles of syrup, 2 tons of buckwheat
flour,and 50 pounds of yeast -- as well as 700 pounds of coffee to
fill the bottomless cups.
Festival supply annals, 1994 is remembered as the year of the milk
run. An unprecedented 8,000 half-pints of milk were consumed and the
demand remained. Those in charge of supplying the kitchens raided
grocery and convenience stores and rounded up 88 gallon jugs, [1,408
half-pints], leaving the general population of the town virtually
milkless during the weekend.
To its credit,
Kingwood doesn't have a Buckwheat Queen--it is King Buckwheat and Lady
UPDATE: It seems that once again the Saint Report
has erred. I just received the following from a better-informed
reader: "I was reading your section about Preston County's
Buckwheat Festival. You said there was no Buckwheat Queen.
There is a Buckwheat Queen and it is a big deal. The interested
girls have to write essays, go through interviews and then
finally a pageant to select the winner. Yes, there is also
King Buckwheat and Lady Agriculture. I don't know how they
are selected. I thought you might be interested." And
do letters like this keep the Saint Reports honest, they also
prove that someone is reading them.
ON THE UPDATE: Sheri Welch advises us that the
previous update was not entirely correct. "There is a
King Buckwheat and a Lady Agriculture, but the queen is Queen
Ceres, named after the mythological goddess of agriculture.
Much better sounding than Queen Buckwheat, don't you think?"
celebrating feast days today include, but are not limited to, Saint
Vincent de Paul (patron saint of charitable societies, hospitals, and
prisoners; invoked to find lost articles and for spiritual help) and
Saint Elzear. If St. Vincent de Paul isn't also the patron saint of
eBay, he ought to be.
Loaf, nee Marvin Lee Aday of Dallas, turns 56 today!
On to September 28
to September 26
to the Farm
Marilyn Jones 2000-2008