Fayette Farm Bureau Hosts Farm-to-Table Dinner | Local News

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Fayette County’s rich agriculture will soon take center stage at the third annual Fayette County Farm Bureau Farm-to-Table Dinner.

The event will take place at 5 p.m. on September 18 at 10 Valley Farms, 183 Duck Pond Road, Connellsville. Farm Bureau officials say the event is a chance for everyone to celebrate harvest season and sample the best food and drink in Fayette County.

“Several years ago, one of our former board members hosted a farm-to-table dinner and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Farm Bureau,” the relationship manager said. Farm Bureau government, Joe Ambrose. “It was a great event, and we knew we wanted to keep it going, so now we’re hosting it through our board of directors and showcasing all of Fayette County agriculture.”

Farm Bureau President Darrell Becker said the dinner gives local farmers a chance to not only showcase their products, but also make connections between agriculture and county citizens.

“As farmers, we are meant to be educators because not everyone understands our industry or our plight. It allows us to expose the general public to what our farmers do and talk about all the ways farmers are making a difference in our communities,” Becker said. “I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to see everyone coming together. This is what we are called to do as agriculture critics.

Dinner will be prepared by local chef Jeremy Critchfield of HuntChef. The event will also include door prizes, an auction of gift baskets and farm produce from local vendors.

Ambrose said “everything” at the dinner, including centerpieces, would come from Fayette County farmers or members of the Farm Bureau.

“You won’t find a single thing on the menu that doesn’t come from a Fayette County farmer,” Ambrose said. “It’s about showing people what you can get from our local farms, because I don’t think everyone realizes where all their food comes from.”

Ambrose said Uniontown’s Laurel Highlands Brewery and Chalk Hill’s Christian Klay Winery will serve beer and wine, respectively. Chalk Hill’s Ridge Runner Distillery will also be on site, creating specialty moonshine cocktails.

Farm Bureau members interested in being event vendors must donate an item for the gift basket auction. Call Joe Ambrose at 724-323-4948, or Darrell Becker at 724-984-2882, for more information.

“Our entire board is dedicated to the same mantra, which is basically to support our farms through education and connection. We need as many of these events as possible, so farmers can connect with the people who buy their goods,” Becker said. “Farmers are good people. It’s because of them that we can bring the farm to the public, and the public to the farm.

To learn more about the Fayette County Farm Bureau, visit www.pfb.com/fayette.

To learn more about Fayette County, visit www.fayettecountypa.org.

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