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Visit some of the unique places that make Fallon special. Hear friendly Mayor Tedford as he speaks with some of the community members that make these places extraordinary.
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You are approaching Lattin Farms which is actually two spots on our tour as they also are a temporary home for the Fallon Food Hub. Letâ€™s listen in as Mayor Tedford interviews Rick Lattin, a fifth generation Lahontan Valley farmer and Kelli Kelly of Fallon Food Hub, the heart of the areaâ€™s agricultural scene: Mayor Tedford Welcome Rick and I thank you for meeting with me today to discuss Lattin farms to start with. Why don't you tell us a little about the history of Lattin farms and how you got started? Rick Lattin Lattin Farms has been around Fallon for a long time. It's been over a hundred years that we've been here 1908. We came here from South Dakota and picked up a shovel and some cattle and got started. Mayor Tedford Wow. Thatâ€™s a long time.How do you think agritourism is important to our community? Rick Lattin We have a saying on the farm, we grow food and family fun and a lot of the stuff that we do can only do by people coming to the farm and seeing a corn maze and a pumpkin patch and feeding the animals. Alot of people will forget that food is critical to their life and there's no better place to see that then on a farm. Mayor Tedford What is one thing you find unique about Lattin farm? Rick Lattin I think our uniquenesses probably that we do a lot of different things. We have a country kitchen on the farm. It's a licensed kitchen. We make jams and jellies out of our raspberries on the farm. We also do bread that goes with the Fallon food hub and goes all over Western Nevada . Mayor Tedford Rick, tell me why you think people should visit Lattin farms and what's your favorite season on the farm? Rick Lattin Favorite season is definitely our fall festival that we do in October and we have thousands of kids that come and they can see on hand what a farm is like. That probably is the funnest thing on the farm is going around with kids that are excited about what a farm is. Mayor Tedford That's good to hear Rick. I want to, I want to thank you so much for coming in this morning and visiting on, make sure you tell BN, hello. I will. We wish your wish you all the best and keep doing what you're doing out there. Thank you so much. Thank you. *MUSIC * Mayor Tedford Why don't you tell us a little about the history of the Fallon Food Hub. Tell us about the location and how you got started. Kelli Kelly Thank you so much. The Fallon food hub was formed in 2016. It was the result of a grant that the Churchill economic development authority got from the environmental protection agency. On behalf of the city of Fallon that grant was, uh, an investigation into the feasibility of opening, a local grocery store in historic downtown Fallon That would act as a hub for local agricultural producers to sell their produce. Uh, we opened our doors in 2016 and since then have been a business that provides an opportunity for lovers of local food to purchase from farmers in Churchill county. Mayor Tedford What type of food does the found food hub provide the residents? Kelli Kelly Well, we basically provide everything that's grown here in Fallon and in Churchill county. So we have a variety of different fruits and vegetables, everything from spring, apples and peas and beans to summer squash and zucchini and of course we can't forget Fallon's most famous agricultural product, the heart of gold cantaloupe. Just last year, I sold 13 different kinds of cantaloupes in our farm share boxes. It was really, really amazing. In addition to fruits and vegetables, we also have local eggs, dairy, uh, value added products like jams and breads and cheeses and local beef, as well as chicken and other animal proteins. Mayor Tedford Why is the program such as this needed and how does it support farmers, ranchers and agriculture and Fallon? Kelli Kelly Churchill County has an extremely strong agricultural history and in order for us to ensure the continuity and solvency of our local farms, it's important that Fallon residents spend their money supporting those or those businesses and organizations, and they can do it through purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables and other products that they cook in their kitchens every day. Mayor Tedford What is one thing everyone should know about the food hub? Kelli Kelly One thing that everyone should know about the food hub is that we are just ridiculously excited about produce. I can talk about produce for hours. Talk about the things that make Fallon's produce better, tastier, more nutritious, and more delicious than produce that you can find pretty much anywhere else. We really aim to change the world one vegetable at a time. Mayor Tedford Why is the fountain food hub important to the community of fountain? Kelli Kelly I think the Fallon Food Hub really represents the connection and support that we feel for our farmers. Farming is hard. It's hot, it's long days, it's middle of the night irrigation cycles and to provide people with an opportunity to connect with our farmers and to be excited about their produce really is a way to keep our farmers excited about weeding and working their fields. Mayor Tedford Kelli, I want to thank you very much for coming in today. I sure learned a lot and I'm sure those listening will too. Thank you so much. Kelli Kelly Absolutely. It's been my pleasure.