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Discover a day in the life on Old McCaskill's Farm

Posted: March 31, 2011 10:04 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Kathy and Lee McCaskill’s grandchildren (from left) Hannah Baker, Madison Baker, McKinley McCaskill and Katherine Baker often help out on the family farm.

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Want to get a taste of farm life?

Kathy and Lee McCaskill, owners of Old McCaskill’s Farm, are opening their doors to the public Sunday to let spectators get a glimpse of “A Day in the Life of a Farm.”

The grounds, located at 377 Cantey Lane in Rembert, will be open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission is a nominal fee of $3 for adults and free for children.

Kathy said she and her husband organize the event to allow visitors to learn about all aspects of farm life.
And just like farm life -- the day is packed with activities.

At 2 and 4 p.m. a tour will be offered of the McCaskill’s home and bed and breakfast area. Then, at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Kathy will do a demonstration of how to candle eggs -- or tell if they are fertile.

Onlookers will have the chance to see and pet animals like chicks, goats and lambs. Other animals can been seen, but not touched.

A herding demo by Red Creek Farm is sure to entertain with trained Border Collies herding sheep. Visitors will get a first-hand account of shearing sheep as a shearer will be on sight to demonstrate for the crowd, as well as a saw mill showing how wood is turned into boards.

Kathy is also excited about showing off her Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) approved canning kitchen.

“The kitchen will be set up and fully operational for the day,” she said. “This will allow people to see the canning process.”

Both Kathy and her daughter, Ashley Baker, are better processing school certified for canning through Clemson University and will offer visitors the opportunity to sign up for canning sessions during the event.

“We plan to begin offering canning sessions on Thursdays for a small fee, and if people are interested in learning they can sign up Sunday,” she said.

Throughout the event, ready-made chicken salad, pimento cheese and baked goods will be for sale. Specialty items from the farm, such as barbecue sandwiches, vegetable plants and beef will also be available for purchase. All pork, beef and vegetables come directly from the farm.

“Lee will have the smoke house up and running for ham and sausages,” Kathy said.

The farm shop with Old McCaskill’s Farm merchandise will be open along with other community vendors.

Members of the South Carolina Sheep Industries Association (SCSIA) will be admitted free of charge and will have the opportunity to participate in a parasite management FAMACHA training and wet lab with Dr. Niki Whitley from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

How to get there: Take Interstate 20 to exit 98. Drive 4.5 miles towards Sumter, take a left on Cantey Lane and the farm will be 1.2 miles down on the right.

Old McCaskill’s Farm was the winner of the 2010 Certified SC Regional Farmers Market Promotional Contest. It is certified SC Grown, a Specialty Foods Member and provides U.S. Dept. of Agriculture inspected meats. The farm was also selected as a grant recipient for rotational grazing with chicory.


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