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Mediterranean Cuisine

Mediterranean Cuisine is known for its freshness, color, and, last but not least, its flavor! Chef Patrick Whetstone of The Personal Palate will guide you this evening as you create three delicious dishes representative of this region: Orzo Salad, Baked Cod with Couscous, and Tuscan Chicken with Pasta. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: August 17. Min. 6. Max. 12.

Code                    Date      Day            Time

353814-M1          8/24       M            6-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35

Location: Salomon Farm Park, Wolf Family Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Vegetarian Cooking 2.0

Whether due to dietary restrictions or by personal choice, vegetarian doesn’t have to mean boring and bland. Prepare to experience amazing and adopt a new appreciation for vegetarian cuisine. Join in as Chef Patrick Whetstone of The Personal Palate prepares three separate meals that you can easily replicate at home: a unique Risotto, Zucchini Thermidor, and a delicious salad to start off the meal. Ages 18 +. Registration deadline: August 3. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code                    Date      Day            Time

353815-M1          8/10       M            6-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35

Location: Salomon Farm Park, Wolf Family Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Little Roots: Culinary Classes for Preschoolers

*Adult/Child

Empower your little one to create his/her own healthy snacks. We’ve partnered with Wholesome Roots Cooking to offer this fun age appropriate cooking class. Today, we’re decorating cookies! Younger siblings are welcome to stay with their caregiver, but any child participating in class must register. Ages 2-5. This class is taught by a trained Wholesome Roots instructor. Registration deadline: August 11. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day               Time

353920-T1            8/18       Tu           10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Roots: Culinary Cooking Classes for Youth

Designed to help children and youth to feel confident and comfortable in the kitchen, our Roots classes allow students to grow in their culinary skills. Each level allows for cooking instruction and recipes to be catered to the ability of the student! Each class offers hands on cooking time and instruction, and also allows time for eating! Today we are baking cookies and decorating them with royal icing. This class is taught by a trained Wholesome Roots instructor. Ages 6-14. Registration deadlines are 5 business days before each class. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

353919-T1            8/25       Tu           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$40

Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Salomon Farm Park

817 W. Dupont Rd.

Hours: Daily, 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park is a perfect location for walking, biking, bird watching, photography and more. Stop by for a visit to admire historic buildings, relax at the wetlands, or enjoy our fully paved 1.8 mile trail around the property. Check out our 2-acre sunflower field and historic Homestead and follow us on Facebook for news, updates and announcements!


Salomon Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays, June 3-September 2

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Seniors & Higher Risk Individuals

4:30-7:00 General Public

Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park (817 W. Dupont Rd.) and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities. Interested in vending? Contact Eden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 427-6008.


The Hammer Heads: Blacksmithing for Youth

Want to learn about blacksmithing? Join the club! The Hammer Heads Club is for youth ages 11-17 who want to learn this almost-forgotten craft. Local blacksmiths will teach shop safety and how to build a coal fire. You’ll learn about blacksmithing tools, how to use them, and get hands on experience creating a project. The curriculum is designed for beginners. The club meets at the Salomon Farm Blacksmith Forge on the last Saturday of the month (5/30, 6/27, 7/25). Hammer Heads must wear leather closed toed shoes, full-length pants, natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, etc.) and all loose hair must be tied back. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided. Registration is required. Registration deadline: May 25. Min. 2. Max 6.

Code                    Starts    Day                       Time

353906-S1           5/30       Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 3/$20

Location: Salomon Farm Park, Blacksmith Forge 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Draft Horse 101

Meet draft horses up close and personal and learn all about these magnificent animals. You will learn about the various breeds, the harnesses used and the types of work the horses perform. Bring a lawn chair and any questions you have. This program is presented by the DeKalb County Horseman’s Association and is FREE and open to all ages. Pre-registration is required by June 3. Min. 5. Max. 100.

Code                     Date      Day           Time

353701-S1            6/13       Sa          1-3 pm

Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

 

Salomon Farm Parks Virtual Guided Hike

Until we can meet up again...you can check out the hike video and see what we are doing!

 

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Dirt Wain Community Composting

Salomon Farm Park has partnered with Dirt Wain, a new composting initiative in the area that processes food scraps from households. Members are provided with a bucket that they fill, drop off at the Farm at their convenience, and then pick up a clean bucket to repeat the process. The pilot program is limited to the first 50 households. Dirt Wain is offering two 30-minute sessions on the basics of composting food scraps for people in the pilot program. For more detailed information or to sign up check out www.dirtwain.com or Salomon Farm Park on Facebook.

 


Meet Our Chefs


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper

Patrick Whetstone

Chef Patrick Whetstone graduated from Johnson and Wales University in North Miami and opened David Bouley’s Evolution inside the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach before making his way back to Indiana where he practices his culinary artistry at The Personal Palate.

Read a first hand account of a blog written by Rylan Capper about his experience "Cooking on the Farm" with Patrick Whetstone...and then sign up today for a class!

Chad Seewald

Chad learned about desserts while working his way up from dishwasher to head pastry chef at  a five star restaurant and mixed that knowledge with his love of all things geeky to create the one-of-a-kind shop, Sweets So Geek, that specializes in custom cakes, ice cream made in the store, desserts, and geeky themed chocolates.

Renee Williams

Chef Renee Williams is a graduate of Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, NC. She has an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts with a Nutrition focus as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Beverage Management. She now works with the wonderful folks at Parkview Mirro Center. 

Meghan Hauser

Meghan is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor.


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper

Professional Photography

at the Farm

Beautiful barns, rolling meadows, quaint gardens, and acres of cheery sunflowers make Salomon Farm Park an attractive place for photography. Professional photographers using Salomon Farm Park and charging for their services are required to purchase an annual photography pass ($50) available at the Parks and Recreation Office, 705 E. State Blvd. Photography passes are not required of hobbyists or professional photographers hired to photograph events in rented facilities. All fees will directly support Salomon Farm Park operations. For more information, contact Kellie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 427-6005.




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Photo credit to Erin Eicher with InJoy Photography


We Rent for Your Event!

Historic Old Barn
Wolf Family Learning Center

The peaceful setting of Salomon Farm Park makes our elegant rental spaces perfect for weddings, receptions, reunions, concerts, dances, and many other special events. We are now booking for 2020 and still have some availability for 2019! For more information visit our website at www.fortwayneparks.org and click on Facilities>Salomon Farm Park>Rental Opportunities or contact our rentals coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 427-6790. The Old Barn rents May-October only. Learning Center rents January-May and August-December. 

 

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Photo credit to Denny Beck

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Farmers’ Market
at Salomon Farm Park

Call for Farm Vendors for the 2020 Salomon Farmers’ Market!

We are now accepting applicants for the 2020 Salomon Farmers’ Market season. Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park (817 W. Dupont Rd.) and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities. The Farmers’ Market operates every Wednesday, 4:00-7:00 p.m. from June 3-September 2. If you are interested in receiving a vendor application, please call 260-427-6008 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Fest 2019 Photos

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Field Trips on the Farm

May 1 – May 31

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Farm tours are available at Salomon farm in 1-2 hour increments. Typically a farm tour will feature lots of hands on time with our animal friends and also highlight composting, gardening and farm life back in the old days. A wagon ride is available upon request for farm tours of 1½ hours or more. All ages welcome! Field trip scheduling is subject to availability and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Salomon Farm Park at 427-6008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions and scheduling. Field trip cost is $3/participant/hour. Teachers, care givers and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups. We can accommodate up to 30 students per tour and 1:10 chaperone: student ratio is recommended.

 

 

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Pictured from left to right: Dave Fike, Carl Fike, and Roy Fike.


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Wild Walkers pose for a group picture at Pokagon State Park.  Photo credit: Steve Hague

Wild Walkers 2020

Wild Walkers is an adult hiking group that meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a walk on the wild side. Each hike features a different natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof fortwayne.org if you have questions. 

2020 Wild Walkers Schedule


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Blacksmithing

Thanks to Salomon Farm Blacksmiths for all of their volunteer hours in teaching classes and demonstrating at events. Join the Blacksmiths at 9 am on the 4th Saturday of each month to watch and participate in forging (18 years and up only). Find the blacksmiths in the forge, just south of the gardens. 

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Salomon Trail

Be sure to check out the trail at Salomon! It is open to the public from 6 a,m.-11 p.m. To read more about the trail, check out the Salomon Trail Press Release


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Thanks to Carroll High School's Future Farmer's of America for their continued support of Salomon Farm Park!

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