DANVILLE — There’s nothing like farm-fresh products, and you can’t get much fresher than when those products are local.
That’s why the Vermilion County Farm Bureau’s Holiday Food Sales are so unique.
Orders are being taken now through Nov. 22 for a variety of holiday goodies, including two products coming from local farms.
“For a number of years, Farm Bureau provided fresh citrus fruit from Florida’s farm bureau,” said Tom Fricke, director of information of the VCFB. “Those numbers had dwindled to where we’re not doing citrus any more. But as we did that program, we added the nuts and the local foods.”
One option — the boneless ham — is from Leiding’s Meats and Catering, a meat shop north of Danville at 24218 N 1150 East Road, Danville.
The meat is a maple-cured, smoked Bavarian-style ham that averages 5.5 pounds.
Another local option is T. Bee’s Honey.
This product comes from the hives on the Toby Brown farm, which is also known for growing the Lingley Brothers Sweetcorn, between Rossville and Hoopeston.
The honey is considered “raw,” in that it hasn’t been heated or processed. They come in pint and half-pint jars.
And while they aren’t local, there are several candies and nuts also available to order, including pecan halves, mixed nuts, salted cashews, chocolate-covered almonds and cashews, praline pecans and dried apricots. These options come in 1 pounds bags.
Prices and an order form can be found online at www.vcfb.info., or by calling the farm bureau at (217) 442-8713.
Orders and payments must be made by Nov. 22.
Anyone can place an order, but bureau members do get a discount.
Pick-up will be at the farm bureau office — 1905-C U.S. Route 150, Danville, Thursday, Dec. 12.