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Local foods shine at Farm to Table dinner

 

September 13, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Youth Dynamics volunteers Sydney Jenkins, right, and Leah White serve salad with roasted beets and goat cheese at the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Farm to Table Dinner on Sept. 9.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce highlighted locally produced food with their "Farm to Table" dinner on Sept. 9.

The dinner helped raise money for a new Arlington Farmers Market program, and provided a four-course meal with produce and meat from local farms.

People filled the barn at Fosters Produce and Corn Maze during the event, which had been transformed into a dining hall for the dinner.

"We're swamped and people are happy," said Lyanne Rolf, chamber member and one of the organizers of the event.

She said the chamber wanted to put on the event "just to show how resourceful our community is."

This is the first time that the chamber has run this event.

"The chamber is always looking for ways to bring fun events to the community," said Jennifer Egger, executive director of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

"We're really excited by the response from the community," she said.

The Farm to Table dinner also helped highlight many local farms.

"We're really lucky in Arlington to live right in the middle of all these resources, we've got local cheese and berries and meats," said Egger.

Many local farms and bakeries supported the event, including Garden Treasures, Bakers Acres, Open Crumb Bakery, Yarmuth Farms, Silvana Meats, Hazel Blue Acres and Fosters Produce and Corn Maze.

"Fosters [Produce and Corn Maze] generously let us use their facility and have done an amazing job," said Egger.

Karen Fuentes, owner of Hazel Blue Acres farm, said the event was beautiful and turned out very well.

"It's a good local event and it helps people learn about farms in the area," she said. "And they're supporting farmers here by purchasing products from the farmers."

Fuentes' farm provided hazelnuts and blueberries for the event.

The event also helped people learn about the different farms that are in the area.

"If you support us, we'll continue to be there with fresher food and saving on transportation. It also supports the local economy," said Fuentes.

The dinner was also meant to raise money to help the Arlington Farmers Market implement a program to make food assistance funds (a.k.a. EBT funds/"food stamps") go further at the market.

Officials with the Farmers Market are working with Washington state so that EBT funds will count for double if spent at the market.

"It will be able to provide more funds for low-income families to use their EBT cards at the Farmers Market," said Egger.

Egger thinks that the money raised at the dinner will be enough for the program.

"We are excited that it will be able to fully fund the Farmers Market program," she said, adding that she thinks that they will be able to implement the program for the next Arlington Farmers Market season.

Kids from Youth Dynamics and Arlington High School's Interact Rotary Club were also on hand at the event, volunteering by serving food.

"We're encouraging people to leave tips and all the extra money raised will go toward those clubs," said Egger.

More information about the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce can be found at https://arlingtonsmokeypointchamber.com.

 

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