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Chamber's Farm to Table dinner supports local farms

 

August 23, 2017 | View PDF

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The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce's Farm to Table event will support local farms and families.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce hopes to support local farms and families this September with their "Farm to Table Dinner."

The Sept. 9 dinner will feature locally farmed food prepared by local chefs. Regional beer and wine pairings will also be available.

"We're trying to increase the visibility for some of our local farmers," said Jennifer Egger, executive director of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

"They are an amazing resource and we're lucky to have these local farmers," she said.

She pointed to farmers like Silvana Meats or Fosters Produce which provide quality local food, she said.

This is the first time the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber is trying an event like this, she said.

The dinner will be held at Fosters Produce and Corn Maze at 5815 State Route 530, Arlington, from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

There will be "an incredible four-course meal," said Egger, which includes beef, chicken and vegetarian options.

All food will come from sources around the region.

"It's going to be about using local chefs and food," said Egger. "And the food is going to be delicious," she added.

Entertainment and music will also be available throughout the evening. "There will be lots of lights and live music, so it will be a really cool set up and atmosphere," said Egger.

The Harvey Creek Band will be providing the music throughout the night.

A beer and wine garden will be open with many regional options from local breweries and wineries.

Displays of local art and a photo booth will also be at the event.

Egger said that the event is meant to help support local farmers.

"It's not easy to be a farmer these days," she said. "So we want to showcase some of these local foods."

A portion of the proceeds are going to the Arlington Farmers Market so they can develop a SNAP initiative.

"They are working to implement an EBT program with the state," said Egger, "where locals can come down to the farmers market and when they spend their EBT funds they can double their dollars."

The program is meant to assist low-income families get more out of their EBT food dollars.

"It helps local people eat healthy and have access to locally-sourced foods," said Egger.

The program also benefits farmers and helps put money into the local economy.

"One study said that for each dollar spent through this program, about $1.79 is put back into the local economy through these farmers," according to Egger.

Bellingham has implemented a similar program, and it has been successful for their farmers market and the farms up there, she said.

The Arlington Farmers Market has also been growing in recent years, said Egger, and this initiative can help more low-income people have better access to it.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person and seating is limited. "We're encouraging everyone to get their tickets as they are selling," said Egger.

Those interested can purchase tickets or find out more information at their website at http://bit.ly/arlingtonfarmtotable.

 

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