|Television crew of "Bizarre Foods" getting set up for the taping of this show. Bret Oelke is watching for Andrew Zimmern, the shows creator to arrive.|
|And here he comes.....walking down the sheep stall aisle.|
Now how did the Oelke family from Barrett, MN get to be a part of this gig? Bret and Lorie and their family are well known for their multi-generational raising and showing of sheep at the county and state fair level. You know that phrase, "it's not always what you know, but who you know" - well, with Bret's extension and marketing career he has become acquainted with several different entities that deal with agriculture and foods. A member of the TV crew, whose father has been in charge of the sheep barns at the state fair for many years, knew exactly who to contact when "Bizarre Foods" decided they wanted to have an unusual "food to fork" segment as a part of the show.
|Andrew visiting with Jackie on camera about what she needs to do to get her sheep ready for showing.|
Mr. Zimmern (Andrew) and his crew followed the Oelke family as they entered the fairgrounds, nestled their sheep in their 4-H and Open Class stalls and learned about the raising of sheep not only for show but for food. Andrew especially liked the idea of eating mutton (which is not a typical food in most households or one eaten at the state fair). The Oelke family served up a mutton sausage with sauerkraut, peppers and onions on a bun. It was very tasty!
|Mutton sausages smothered in peppers and onions, cooked in a crock pot and YES right in the sheep barn!|
|Andrew and Bret talking about the end product of the mutton sausages and ready to take a bite!|
The crew also followed Jackie, the youngest daughter, as she showed her sheep at the 4-H judging (where she earned 2 Grand Champions - way to go Jackie!).
|Jackie showing her Grand Champion!|
It will be interesting to see when the show airs if they tie the whole thing together with the raising of animals, in this case, sheep. How they are not raised as pets but as food and where that food actually comes from. Bret, Lorie and family in their travels and our family in our travels find that many, MANY people believe that food comes from a store. (Do you know of any stores that you raise, nurture, show and than eat.....hmmmmm). It is a comfort that the world is talking about food and its' origins, but they need to know the real story and how important it is that genetic testing and modifications are available because it's a plain fact that no more land is made on this earth but yet our population keeps growing. We need to figure out a way to feed everyone so no one goes hungry. Okay enough on my soapbox....
|The family asked Andrew if he would sign their sheep jackets.|
Note: The jackets keep the sheep clean for showing.
|Bizarre Foods - Andrew Zimmern's calling card! Pretty neat!|
|Visitors in the sheep barn were wondering what was going on.....recognized Andrew Zimmern and watched the taping!|
And as the director said at the end of the taping - "That's a wrap!"
Thanks for reading - Julie -
P.S. Here's the famous recipe - try it for yourselves!
Oelke Family Mutton Sausage Recipe
(click here for a printable version)
2# - mutton sausage (or any kind of sausage)
1 - red pepper
1 - green pepper
1 - red onion
1 - bag of refrigerated sauerkraut.
Slice up peppers and onions. Place sausages in bottom of crock pot, place pepper and onion slices on top along with the sauerkraut. Cook on high 3-4 hours, low 6-7 hours. Serve on bun! Yum-Yum!