A visit to the Farmer's Market in high summer is an exercise in flat-out hedonism. Mmm... fresh basil, that's smells amazing! The local tomatoes are starting to come in-I need some of those. Corn. I definitely need corn. Peaches! Do I have time to make peach cobbler? Or I could just bite into one right now....Blueberries! Can't forget those. Cucumbers. Snap peas. Fresh salad greens. Local cheese. I really should have brought more shopping bags.
These delights are brought to you courtesy of your local farmers, whose hard work produces delicious food which nourishes both body and spirit. And land devoted to farming preserves open space, a precious commodity when new condo developments are popping up all over town. Local farms are a wonderful asset to our town and region. Shopping at the Farmer's Market is an easy way to support them, but we could- and probably should-do more.
So when our fabulous customer Liz Smith approached us about holding a MA Farm Bureau event, we said, 'Absolutely! Count us in'. And the Pour Richard's Massachusetts Farm Bureau FUNdraiser was born.
Last year's event featured local produce, local cheese, local ice cream, local craft beer, organic wines, and a whole pig(!). Chef Daniele Baliani, of Waltham's La Campania, created an incredible feast, and a rollicking good time was had by all. We immediately started planning a sequel.
This year's MA Farm Bureau FUNdraiser will take place on Saturday, September 8, from 1-5 PM. Chef Daniele will be back. So will the ice cream, the beer, and the killer produce. Another pig is on the menu. And this year, we're featuring winemaker Roberto Gianelli, from Tuscany's San Filippo Estate, pouring his lovely organic Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Farm Bureau's scholarship fund. We will also donate a percentage of our sales.
Save the date, and definitely save up your appetite. Help us support our local farms. Because no farms= no food.