Free Harvest Supper almost here
GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time again, when residents from around the county gather on Court Square and enjoy locally grown food prepared by some of the county’s best chefs.
The ninth annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food will be held on Aug. 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this year, offering something for everyone.
There will be live music, children’s activities, educational displays and the Really, Really Free Market of locally grown food.
Organizer Mary McClintock said the supper is still looking for volunteers, food donations and organizational displays.
McClintock said all are welcome to partake in the free, bountiful meal.
She said to conserve energy, the goal is to make the supper a trash-free event, so diners should bring their own reusable place settings, napkins and cups.
“Volunteering at the Free Harvest Supper is great fun,” said McClintock. “It takes over 130 volunteers to produce the supper. A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available.”
Members of Franklin Community Cooperative (Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls) can get working members hours for volunteering, said McClintock.
Each year, more than 50 farms and food producers provide the food for the meal.
McClintock said the supper has three goals: to encourage everyone to eat locally grown food, to support local agriculture, and to raise money for Farmers Market coupons, which are distributed by the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry. The coupons may be used at farmers markets in Greenfield, Turners Falls, Orange and Shelburne Falls. The pantry then pays farmers for the coupons they accept.
McClintock said thousands of dollars worth of coupons are distributed to low-income families throughout Franklin County each year.
She said gardeners and farmers are welcome to bring their overflow of extra produce to share with the community through the Really, Really Free Market, which has included peaches, apples, eggs, tomatoes, squash, greens, flowers, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers and more in past years.
While the supper is free to all, cash donations are accepted, said McClintock.
Also, World Eye Bookshop on Main Street will donated 10 percent of all of its cookbook sales in August to the Free Harvest Supper, and if World Eye raises $500, it will double its donation.
For more information, call World Eye at 413-772-2186 or visit: www.worldeyebookshop.com.
Finally, at the supper, some people will be wearing “Support the Free Harvest Supper” aprons and will be selling tickets for drawings to be held during the supper. Prizes will include $100, $50, Breakfast and Birdwatching hosted by Norm Hirschfeld and Marsha Stone, and three baskets from the Greenfield Farmers Market.
To volunteer, contact Jennifer Williams at: email@example.com.
For more information, call 413-773-5029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit: www.freeharvestsupper.org.
Send checks made out to the Center for Self-Reliance to: Dino Schnelle, Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3½ Osgood St., Greenfield, MA 01301, and note “Free Harvest Supper” on the memo line.