How to eat at the Alabamas state fair
The Alabaman state fair is coming up, and one of the food options being offered is a new, locally-sourced option: wild-caught and raised beef.
The Alabamians have been making the switch to locally raised beef since 2018, when the Fair Labor Association of America (FLA) asked that the state be able to produce its own beef.
The state said it was going to get some of its beef from farmers who have been doing the work for the past two years.
But now the ALA wants the fair to be a national movement, so it’s asking that anyone in the state produce their own wild-ceined beef.
“We’re asking the fair that you can start by producing your own wild caught and raised cattle, and then the Fair Commission has the power to regulate and regulate, and the ALAA is asking the Fair to be the first in the country to produce their wild caught, and we think we have a good shot at it,” said ALA Executive Director J.T. “Bob” Smith.
Smith said he thinks this will be a great opportunity for people to start producing their own beef, which could also provide food options for people with food allergies or allergies to other meats.
“There are going to be more and more of these farmers who are going around that they’re going to start raising and selling their own meat,” he said.
“They’re going into restaurants and they’re getting their meat, and that’s going to help feed people.”
He said that’s the main point of the ALBA’s request, to be able “to start the process of actually controlling that process” and create food options, as well as a food source that doesn’t require an expensive lab test.
“I’m really excited about this,” Smith said.
“We’re really excited to get this going, and I think it’s going be a wonderful way for us to start the conversation and get the conversation going about food.”
The ALA is asking that it be able produce its wild-born cattle at least three times a year, which means that it would take at least four people to raise one wild-raised calf.
It would also be a requirement that at least one of those cows was born outside of the state.
In addition to the ALBAs request, the Fair has been sending letters to local farmers who’ve been growing their own livestock for at least two years and have already been able to purchase their cattle, so that’s not a huge change.
Smith said he hopes to have those letters by early October, but he said he still needs to get the ALDA’s approval.
He said it could also be an opportunity for ALBAS to grow its own, local beef, and for ALABAS to make a change.
“This is just a big deal for the ALABAs, for the farmers, and it’s a great thing to have in the pipeline,” Smith added.
“I think this is just the first step.”
The Alaba is the first major fair in the U.S. to make the switch, and has been around for a long time, but Smith said it’s only in the past few years that it started making the change.
He said the ALPA is working to get all the states that are participating in the effort to get their own local cattle, including Alabama.
The ALBA said it will work with ALABA representatives to make sure that the ALOA has a voice on this issue.”ALBA members are committed to working with the ALTA to support this transition and ensure that ALBA members can make their own choices regarding where to grow their livestock, how to raise their animals and how to sell their animals, so the ALba has a strong voice in this,” said Fair Commission Chairman Kevin R. Cox.
“It is our hope that the new system will be adopted by the states as quickly as possible.”
The Fair has hosted more than 20,000 people since 2018.