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Members’ Event Announcement: 2008 Yingst Ranch Tour and Hungarian Lunch

Nancy Yingst of Yingst Ranch in Littlerock will once again provide a tour of her peach, pear, plum, and apple orchards for Slow Food members. She is not certified organic but does not use sprays or chemicals. Following the tour we will be provided with buckets and carts to go into the orchards and pick peaches and plums (or whatever is ready for harvest).

Following the tour we’ll enjoy a group lunch at Valley Hungarian Sausage and Meat. Though sausage will not be made during our visit, owner Maria Watson will prepare a sampling and tasting of the many sausages they produce on the premises. She will also serve a Hungarian lunch on the patio (shaded but not air-conditioned), including stuffed cabbage, sausages, pickles and bread. She may also prepare her home grown stuffed peppers if they are ripe during our visit. Dessert of walnut or poppyseed kalacs (strudels) will end the meal.

When: Sunday, July 20, 2008, beginning at 9:00am
Where: Meeting at Yingst Ranch, Littlerock, California. Address will be provided when your reservation is confirmed.
Cost: $30.00 per person, $15.00 persons under 12 years of age. Each child under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Cost includes tour and lunch (nonalcoholic drinks and gratuity included). Participants may pick and purchase fruit at the Ranch for $1.00 per pound. Please bring your ticket cost to the event, extra cash for fruit purchases, and bags or boxes to take home your fruit.

To reserve your place: Email your reservation request to snailwrangler [at] slowfoodla [dot] com with:
— the names of and number in your party (adults and children)
— your contact phone number for reservation confirmation
— the name of the Slow Food convivium to which you belong
— your commitment to bring and pay on site $30 per adult and $15 per person under 12 years of age for the event and lunch. 

Your reservations will be confirmed by email, with directions to Yingst Ranch. You will receive a second email and phone call during the week of the event requiring you to re-confirm your reservation and commitment to attend. This step is essential for Valley Hungarian to determine the amount of food they will prepare for the Slow Food group.

Also note:
+ Maximum of four people per reservation.
+  Please carpool if possible.
+ The event will last approximately 3.5 to 4 hours; there are restroom facilities at the Valley Hungarian.
+ Littlerock is a desert town off the Pearblossom Highway near Lancaster/Palmdale. It will be hot so bring bottled water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and clothes and walking/hiking shoes that are suitable for farm/hilly terrain. Be prepared to get fruit juice all over your shirt.
+ This area is also a center for many types of honey. You can purchase eucalyptus, avocado, and many other varieties at Yingst and other stores in the area. Bring your own honey container to fill up.
+ Grab a date shake at Charlie Brown Farms, located between the orchard and our lunch destination.
+ After lunch, fresh and or frozen sausages, cheese, pirogi, sauerkraut and all kinds of authentic Hungarian fare will be available for purchase.

We hope you can join us!