July 1, 2024

Coffee and Conversations with Victoria Hansen

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month, which I think is a pretty perfect idea since July is typically a hot month and ice cream is a great way to cool down. I love hearing what everyone’s favorite ice cream flavor is. I personally enjoy most coffee flavored ice cream. But recently I’ve really been enjoying apple crisp, banana cream pie and cotton candy. But I also enjoy the occasional root beer float, banana split or dipped cone, especially when dipped in cotton candy flavor.  According to frozendessertsupplies.com, the top 10 ice cream flavors include vanilla, chocolate, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, butter pecan, birthday cake, strawberry, moose tracks and Neopolitan. In celebration of National Ice Cream month, I encourage you to enjoy a scoop or two or three from your favorite Stephenson County Ice Cream spot.

Carroll County Farm Bureau Members: If you are a Carroll County Farm Bureau member, please keep an eye on your mailbox as you should be receiving your postcard invitation to this year’s membership appreciation event on Thursday, July 18, at the Carroll County Fair Grounds. If you have questions or concerns, please call 815-244-3001.

Both Carroll and Stephenson County Farm Bureau have updated plat books:

            Stephenson County Farm Bureau has 2023 Plat Books available for purchase.

            Carroll County Farm Bureau has 2024 Plat Books available for purchase.

Both plat books are for sale at their respective offices for $35 for members and $55 for non-members.

Farm First Aid Kits for Sale: As agricultural producers, there’s no shortage of dangers on the job. Here at Stephenson County Farm Bureau, we want to make sure you’re equipped to handle whatever dangers your daily tasks may bring. We will be selling first-aid kits from the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety at a discounted price for our county agriculturists. These kits are designed with farm injuries in mind, containing supplies useful for both emergency response and everyday use. These kits contain 114 pieces, ranging from trauma shears to cut through heavy clothing, to bandages, thermal blankets, eye wash, and instant cold compresses, just to name a few. They are also lightweight and portable, making them easy to place in tractors, combines, shops, barns, or any other locations you may need it. While kits are normally $50, we will be selling them for the discounted price of $35. This discount is made possible by a grant provided by the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial. If you are interested in ordering, feel free to contact the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Office by phone at (815)-232-3186, or via email at [email protected]. Orders with payment are due Tuesday, July 30th, 2024. Payment can be made in cash, check, or card.  Those who order will be notified when items are ready to pick up.

Adventureland Park Discount: Calling all coaster connoisseurs! For the first time ever, Adventureland Park has been added to the line-up of attractions that offer discounted tickets to Illinois Farm Bureau members. Discounted tickets are now only $37.99 plus taxes and fees (regular price $69.99). Any children aged three or under receive free admission. To get your tickets now, visit www.adventurelandresort.com/promocode and call the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at (815) 232-3186 to get your unique promo code! Note that while there is no limit on the number of tickets a person may purchase with this deal, there is a 14-ticket limit per transaction. Therefore, if you would like to purchase more than 14 tickets, it must be done in more than one transaction. Discounts on parking and seasonal passes are not included in this promotion. The unique code to score this deal is valid through October 27th, 2024.

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