Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Really, Really Free Harvest Supper Needs You!

Many Hands Make Light Work: Volunteers Needed for Free Harvest Supper
For more information: contact info@freeharvestsupper.org

           All are welcome to be part of this great community event which features a free bountiful meal of locally grown food donated by local farmers and prepared by local chefs, live music, children’s activities, educational displays, and a Really, Really Free Market. The Supper organizers are planning an event that includes recycling and composting and produces very little trash. Help conserve resources and reduce trash by bringing your own reusable place setting (plate, cup, fork, spoon) and napkin. 

(MC this year is Garth Shaneyfelt pictured above)

Organized by MANY volunteers, inspired by Juanita Nelson, enjoyed by hundreds of community members each year, the Free Harvest Supper has three goals: to encourage everyone to eat locally grown food, to support local agriculture, and to raise money for Greenfield Farmers’ Market coupons distributed by the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry. The supper, entertainment, displays, and the Really, Really Free Market are all free for everyone. . .and the organizers welcome donations to support the Greenfield Farmers’ Market Coupon Program.

Many hands make light work and great community events! The organizers of the Free Harvest Supper are looking for more willing hands to help at the Supper. Volunteers are needed the day of the Supper for set-up, food preparation, serving, recycling and composting, clean-up, and other tasks. The Supper will be held this Sunday, August 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the Greenfield Town Common/Court Square. To volunteer to help at the Free Harvest Supper, contact Jennifer at (413) 774-3179 or williams@crocker.com. For more information about the Free Harvest Supper, and to see pictures of past Suppers, visit www.freeharvestsupper.org. (chefs Maggie & Evelyn from Hope & Olive and Magpie of Greenfield)
   
All are welcome to be part of this great community event which features a free bountiful meal of locally grown food donated by local farmers and prepared by local chefs, live music, children’s activities, educational displays, and a Really, Really Free Market. The Supper organizers are planning an event that includes recycling and composting and produces very little trash. Help conserve resources and reduce trash by bringing your own reusable place setting (plate, cup, fork, spoon) and napkin.

Last year, $4,000 was raised from donations, raffle ticket sales, and fundraisers. The Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry distributes Farmers’ Market coupons to folks who are hungry, they use the coupons to buy food at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market, and the farmers who accept the coupons are paid by the Food Pantry. In a cycle of local generosity and abundance, folks at the Free Harvest Supper enjoy a free meal, hungry families use the coupons and enjoy great food, and farmers are paid for their produce. (Pictured above Barts Ice Cream scooper and to left Dan Botkin, farmer and contributor.)
          
To make financial donations to the Free Harvest Supper: Send checks made out to Center for Self-Reliance to Dino Schnelle, Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3½ Osgood Street, Greenfield, MA 01301. Please note “Free Harvest Supper” on the check. For more information about the Center for Self-Reliance and the Greenfield Farmers’ Market Coupon project, please call (413) 773-5029.