Once upon a time, we were a nation of farmers, pushing ever westward in wagons and trains in search of fertile farmland. Before that, we tried, with cussed determination, to coax crops from New England hillsides studded with boulders and woven through with trees. But no more. Today, only around 1% of the US population is actively engaged in farming. That 1% might not seem very important-until you realize that the other 99% of us eat what that 1% grows.
Full disclosure: I grew up on a North Dakota family farm, not unlike the one in the photo, above. So I'm hardly an impartial observer. But in my humble, biased opinion, farmers are over-worked, under-rewarded, and definitely underpaid. They deserve every ounce of support we can muster. All of which explains why we were so happy to host last year's MA Farm Bureau Norfolk County FUNdraiser, and why we're doubly happy to be hosting again this year.
We truly mean the FUN part of that name. Craft beer, courtesy of Jack's Abby/Springdale and Brewmaster Jack. Crescent Ridge Dairy ice cream. Cocktails made from Privateer Rum and Privateer Tiki Gin, featuring local produce. Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino, poured by winemaker Roberto Gianelli of Tuscany's San Filippo Estate. High Limb Cider. And food! Chef Daniele Baliani of Waltham's La Campania is combining local pork, vegetables, herbs, and fruit into a feast for all the senses. Grilled pizza, arrancini, insalata caprese...mmm!
Your $10 ticket gets you unlimited samples of all of the above AND is a 100% donation to the Norfolk County Farm Bureau, earmarked for their scholarship fund. You can also meet some of the farmers from Franklin and surrounding towns, and learn about what they're growing and raising.
In short: delicious food and drink and great people, supporting the next generation of farmers. I could not love this event more. We hope you can join us.