By Timothy Collins, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers
The Kern County Young Farmers and Ranchers have enjoyed several ag tours for our meetings this year. We wanted to continue that trend, but also add a bit more of a social element to this meeting as the summer begins. Temblor Brewing Company in Bakersfield proved to be a good fit. As the Kern County YF&R, we like to support businesses local to Kern County and Temblor is one of several local craft breweries that have become popular in Bakersfield over the past 20 years.
While there, Don Bynum, the main owner of Temblor, gave us a very in-depth tour of the brewing process. He also talked about how he started the brewery and what it takes to keep the business running. We all learned a great deal and got to see just how much it takes to make craft beer. On the ag side of things, we learned that the grain comes from either Canada or the northern states and the spent grain after brewing is used as cattle feed locally. To top it off, Temblor sells a wagyu burger which is made from the cattle that are fed their spent grain. All that talk made us hungry and thirsty. After the tour, we had dinner there and many of us tried out some of their specialty beers. We definitely recommend Temblor!
In July, we are taking a break from our tours and focusing on our 7th Annual Charity Farmers Market to be held on Saturday, July 16th at Norris Middle School. One of our main events of the year, the farmers market is made possible by donated local produce and the money received is then used to build or add on to a local school or nonprofit garden. Last year, we supported Norris Middle School who is generous enough to let us use their parking lot for this year’s market after Covid restrictions did not allow us to last year. This year we are supporting the Edible School Kern County located on Buena Vista Road. Last fall we held a cook-a-long meeting at the schoolyard and are excited to be working with them again. We are still looking for more produce donations for the farmers market. If your farm, company, or anyone you know of is willing to donate produce, please reach out to us! We can also use your support as a customer, so be sure to stop by Saturday morning on the 16th!