Fuerst Day Lawson (FDL), supplier of seeds and natural ingredients to the baking industry, can now supply sesame seeds processed in India.This is the result of a partnership with Amira Tanna Industries. “This partnership will blend the operating and origination experience of our Indian partners and the extensive coverage of the European customer base by FDL,” said Frank Horan, divisional director of FDL’s Seeds and Natural Products Division. “It gives FDL full control of the supply of sesame seeds from the origin to the customer.”FDL has agreed to take an equity interest in Amira Tanna’s sesame processing business, giving it exclusive rights to the output of the Ahmedabad plant, which can process 6,000 tonnes of sesame seeds a year using the newest technology. This includes a Buhler Sortex Z3 optical colour sorting machine.Seeds will be supplied direct from Ahmedabad or go through FDL’s processing and packing plant at Little Walden near Cambridge in the UK, depending on the market.”All through the process, the seed is controlled to the most exacting standards,” said Horan. “We see this investment as a further commitment by FDL to sourcing and shipping the raw materials needed by our expanding customer base.”He added: “It follows on from our investment in a state-of-the-art cleaning and blending facility for speciality seeds at our Little Walden plant. FDL can supply sesame seeds with a guarantee of quality.”
The third annual Festival at the Farm is going down September 15-16 at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The one-of-a-kind event will bring all ages together for live music, local food and drink, backyard games, and an on-site farmers market featuring local farmers, non-profits and inspired craft vendors. Produced by Six Chair Productions and in partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, the two-stage setup will feature both nationally touring bands as well as Boston’s best local acts. Headlining the event are Amos Lee and Dawes, alongside Mandolin Orange, Amy Helm, The Wild Reeds, The Suitcase Junket, Caitlyn Smith, Update Rubdown, Will Dailey, Jesse Dee, The Silks, and Ali McGuirk. Additional acts will be announced in May.Festival at the Farm has also teamed up with Kids Really Rock to present a very special kids concert each day. The Kids Really Rock All-Star Jam will feature Karen K. and the Jitterbugs alongside a who’s who of New England Kids musical artists.“Festival at the Farm just keeps getting better every year! We are incredibly excited about this year’s musical lineup and our partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to bring fans of all ages together for a weekend of great live music and local food,” said James Macdonald, founder of Six Chair Productions. “We can’t wait for the weekend to begin!”Inspired by Pete and Gerry’s free-range hens, who have ample room to roam on the farm, the Free Range Kids Zone will feature a host of interactive games and activities including face-painting, storytelling, and magic shows, as well as hen petting with Pete and Gerry’s Organic hens and Meet-A-Farmer, providing families the opportunity to interact with a Pete and Gerry’s Organic farmer.Six Chair Productions also announced that they have set a goal to help provide 100,000 meals to those in need through support of the Greater Boston Food Bank. As a part of this effort, a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank and Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs will donate one dozen eggs for every ticket sold. Fans will be able to take part in the fundraising by making online donations at ticketing checkout as well as through select activities at the festival.Additionally, Commonwealth Cambridge owner and chef Nookie Postal will return to Festival at the Farm in 2018 to create a farm-to-table dining experience in the festival’s VIP area. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy preferred concert viewing and a private bar and lounge along with other amenities.Early Bird tickets for the festival will go on sale on April 12, 2018 on the event website. Early Bird general admission two-day passes are priced affordably at $75 and Early Bird VIP Passes are $175 for the weekend. During the Early Bird ticketing, tickets for kids aged 3-12 are free. Infants and toddlers aged 2 and under will not need a ticket for the event. Ticket prices will increase in May after the entire festival talent lineup is revealed.Check out the initial lineup below, and head to Festival at the Farm’s website for more information.