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Hay isn’t just for horses anymore

For how much grief agriculture gets these days from those who don’t understand much about farming, it always cracks me up to see urbanites and hipsters drawing from rural culture for their building, decorating and dining styles.

It seems that on every show that my wife watches about home remodeling there has to be a barn door involved or furniture that is built from a century old structure from the farm.

Chicken nestling in hay (Photo by Edward Schneider.)

Chicken nestling in hay (Photo by Edward Schneider.)

Well there is something else from the farm that is being utilized these days in more metropolitan settings. Dishes are being prepared at upscale and even farm-to-table restaurants with hay as one of the main ingredients.

It seems this has been a culinary art since the mid-70′s, but it is making a comeback as consumers are looking for more rustic recipes.

Here is a link to an article that talks about the use of hay in dishes that include a hay-infused chicken and a hay-baked pork shoulder.

So as you stack the vintage wood wagons in the hot summer sun with some alfalfa hanging from your teeth and pull open the old barn doors to fill it with beautiful timothy, think about how your neighbors in the city maybe closer to the farm than they’ll ever realize.

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I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Licking County. Using the “its who you know” and “seize an opportunity” mantras, I started my farm broadcasting career right out of high school at WRFD-AM, thanks to my uncle Scott Higgins introducing me to then Farm Director Joe Cornely.

From there my radio path took me to Columbus country music station WHOK-FM, where I was known as Tyler Jacobs for over 12 years. Eventually I ended up right where I started and where I am most comfortable, back in farm broadcasting – using my real name!

I became a member of The Ohio Ag Net team in 2010 and I am proud to share the great stories about Ohio Agriculture, one broadcast at a time.

I currently live in Delaware County, where I am raising one boy and one girl, with my wife Angela. When I am not coaching my son’s baseball team or rehearsing for my role in my daughter’s dance recital (pictures if you want them), I am grilling, golfing and doing whatever may be on my “honey-do” list at any given moment.

One thought on “Hay isn’t just for horses anymore”

  1. I would hope that who ever is raising and selling the hay knows what “other green” plants might be growing in amongst the hay that might not be so sweet and aromatic and safe to use.

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