Backyard Bison News (in no particular order)
In 2007 our meat was served at Rodale Institute's 60th Anniversary Celebration as organic farming pioneers.
In 2007 our meat was served at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's Harvest Celebration Dinner.
In 2007 our meat was served at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
I won the Upper Bucks County Business Expo 2003 Chili Cook-off with my Buffalo chili. Many of the other entries were professional chefs, and they do not like being beat by a farmer. I'm not that talented in the kitchen...the Buffalo meat just gave me a delicious advantage. This was the only chili cook-off I ever entered.
June 2005 we hosted the American Culinary Federation, Greater Lehigh Valley Professional Chefs Association picnic/meeting. Buffalo Prime Rib, Buffalo Chili, Buffalo Short Ribs, and Buffalo Tongue were served.
David Joachim has written, edited, or collaborated on more than 25 cookbooks. In "The Tailgater's Cookbook", he says "Thanks to Rod Wieder of Backyard Bison and all the other local food producers at the Emmaus Farmers Market. I am deeply grateful for your commitment to responsible farming and good-quality food. I'm lucky to be able to work with such great raw materials."
I entered a few photos of my Bison into the National Bison Association's photo contest, and did well, but I was really surprised to see one of my Buffalo photos picked as the cover for the National Bison Association's 2001-2002 membership directory. This was the only photo contest I ever entered.
From 2002-2006 I served two terms as a director in the Eastern Bison Association
In 2002 we hosted the Eastern Bison Association field day.
Our meat was also served at the Allentown Art Museum's special event honoring General Trexler, and also at the St. Lukes Hospital employee "wild-west" picnic.
In 2001 we won 1st place commercial float in the Quakertown Halloween Parade. This was the only parade that we ever entered.
In 2003, we represented the Pennsylvania Bison Association at Governor Rendell's Inaugural Ball. I may be a registered republican, but it was a big party, and an amazing showcase of Pennsylvania foods, chefs, beer, and wine.
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