Local farmers, chefs, and vintners are getting together to bid farewell to summer with this Sunday’s harvest dinner at Remembrance Farm in Trumansburg. The event is part of a series to raise money this season for the Healthy Food for All program.
Tickets are on sale now for a dinner featuring fresh produce from Remembrance, local meats and cheeses, and wine pairings from Damiani Wine Cellars.
The Healthy Food for All program helps make CSA farm shares available to community members who otherwise couldn’t afford fresh produce, and provides free cooking classes and food preservation workshops to make it easier for limited-income community members to feed their families healthy food year-round.
The organization says it costs about $600 to provide year-round access to fresh, local produce for a single family, or about $15 to provide a week’s worth of fresh produce. Family farms receive a fair price for the food they produce, and about $70,000 is invested in the local agricultural economy each year through the program.
Last August’s Remembrance Farm dinner afforded an opportunity for attendees to get a tour of the farm, about 25 minutes from Ithaca, led by owners Nathaniel and Emily Thompson, who showed the various crops they grow for their CSA customers and farmers market sales, and answered questions about their efforts to maintain a biodynamic farm.
This year’s dinner will feature a menu designed and prepared by acclaimed local chef Brud Holland, owner of Finger Lakes Made and executive chef of Fox Run Vineyards. Highlights include a Normandy duck meatloaf or vegetarian terrine of tempeh and slow-roasted vegetables with Damiani Merlot gravy, salad served inside a grilled heirloom tomato, and Wide Awake Bakery breads.
All-inclusive tickets are available for $85 at healthyfoodforall.org, along with full menu details. 100% of the proceeds benefit Healthy Food for All. An event scheduled for September 27th is already sold out.