Nature, Hawley themes of annual Harvest Supper

  • The Hawley Harvest Supper on Sunday will include beef from Hawley’s own Sidehill Farm. Staff File Photo/Micky Bedell

Published: 9/6/2019 6:36:58 PM
Modified: 9/6/2019 6:36:45 PM

HAWLEY — The themes of Hawley and nature will be at the forefront of Sunday’s annual Hawley Harvest Supper.

The 5 p.m. dinner will use locally-sourced ingredients and will include a presentation titled “Birds of Prey” with information about environmental conservation. The event, a fundraiser for the Sons and Daughters of Hawley historical society, will be held at Stumpsprouts, a cross-country ski area and guest lodge.

“At this stage in the game, RSVP is important,” said Lark Thwing, chair of Sons and Daughters of Hawley. As of Thursday, 30 people were signed up. The dinner has capacity for 45 people.

The dinner will be cooked by Suzanne and Lloyd Crawford, the owners of Stumpsprouts, using ingredients from their garden and locally-sourced food.

“We try to do food from our own garden and, if not from our own garden, as much from Hawley as possible,” Suzanne Crawford said.

Farm-to-table is one way to describe the dinner, but for Crawford, that phrase is younger than the concept. The couple has prioritized serving food from their own garden for the past 37 years and have hosted the annual Hawley Harvest Supper for the past 15 years, she said.

Crawford was unable to give a full menu, but said that it may include lettuce, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli and cucumbers from their garden, as well as grass-fed beef that her husband purchased from Sidehill Farm in town.

“It’s a fabulous time of year to have a harvest dinner,” Crawford said.

A few years ago, the Crawfords tried to use products only from Hawley. To replace ingredients like olive oil, Lloyd Crawford made butter from locally-sourced cream. For dessert, the couple sweetened ice cream with maple syrup.

“It was fun, but it was challenging,” he said, adding that now “mostly local” is the aim.

This year’s entertainment is Tom Ricardi who owns a raptor sanctuary in Conway. There, Ricardi currently monitors 28 birds, with the aim to release many of them back into the wild.

However, there are some birds that have been rehabilitated but are unfit to be released. Ricardi will bring seven or eight such birds to Sunday’s presentation.

Ricardi said he brings birds that few people have seen in person and even fewer people have seen in the wild. On Sunday, he plans to bring a peregrine falcon, a red-tailed hawk and a turkey vulture, for which Ricardi holds a soft spot.

“It’s my favorite, it’s such a misunderstood bird,” Ricardi said of the turkey vulture, adding that the scavenging birds keep the environment clean. “People think it’s ugly, but they’re pretty handsome, as far as I’m concerned.”

“This year, the suggested donation for dinner is $20, and we suggest that people donate to Tom’s birds of prey,” Thwing said.

Ricardi said that donations to his center typically go to feeding the birds of prey.

People can RSVP with Lloyd or Suzanne Crawford at 413-339-4265 or

Maureen O’Reilly can be reached at or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.

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