On Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 6pm, local food lovers from near and far will gather at the Barn at Moody Mountain Farm in Wolfeboro, NH, for the 6th annual Farm to Table Feast organized by nonprofit, Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.). The highly anticipated event features a mouth-watering, five-course, locally sourced meal made possible by a collaboration of the region’s finest agricultural and culinary professionals.
Every year G.A.L.A. provides 120 guests with an evening of food, fellowship, and fun among rough-hewn timbers, antique sleighs, and carriages that color an historic New England barn back dropped by the beautiful Ossipee Mountains. The rustic natural setting seems fitting for an organization that strives to build a sustainable community through hands-on homesteading workshops, contra dances, and their most popular program, Sustain-A-Raisers which gives a green spin to the original “barn-raiser”.
By now, most of us have seen the simple, yet stark bumper sticker that reads, “No Farms, No Food.” Probably fewer of us are aware, however, that of all the regions in the United States, New England produces the least amount of food for itself. That’s right, we live in the least food secure, and therefore the most vulnerable, region in the country. G.A.L.A., along with many other nonprofit organizations throughout the region, is trying to reverse that startling statistic. The Farm to Table Feast is one event that helps by deepening connections within the local food system. Not only will this meal highlight just how delicious and versatile locally grown foods can be prepared, but it also brings chefs, farmers, and foodies together around the same proverbial (and literal!) table to strengthen relationships that lend toward a more resilient and robust local economy and food system.
This year, in addition to another masterpiece menu, G.A.L.A. is honored to have the Rev. Dr. Mary E. Westfall give a keynote address entitled, Returning Home: Reclaiming and Celebrating our Sense of Place. Reverend Westfall is the Senior Minister at the Community Church of Durham, United Church of Christ, in Durham, NH. Her doctoral work focused on the role spiritual values play in creating and maintaining a sustainable worldview that is just and compassionate. In Rev. Mary’s own words, “The world is filled with vast beauty and mystery, yet how easy it is to become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenges facing us as individuals, communities, and nations. Fear, denial and numbness can be our response. However, the threat of despair and inertia can be overcome by a renewed hope and sense of purpose as we reclaim our own sense of belonging to Earth and celebrate the possibilities these times invite. How might we shape our days and priorities so that we move, increasingly, into more sustainable patterns of living that will bring healing and wholeness to our own lives, and that of our planet?”
The culinary theme of this year’s event is “Americana Barbeque” featuring smoked Wotton Farm pork, traditional corn bread, three original types of barbeque sauce, herbed roasted pumpkin with burrata, sage butter mushroom skewers, delicious honey apple pie, and plenty of other dishes still in the works. A sampling of the dedicated chefs, bakers, and restaurants contributing to this year’s menu include The Corner House Inn, Garwoods Restaurant and Pub, Wolfe’s Tavern, El Centenario, Hobbs Tavern and Brewery, Big Love Mexican Diner, Seven Suns Coffee and Tea, the Sandwich Creamery, Windy Fields Farm, Brenda Lush at Crooked Pine Farm, Nadine San Antonio, Lydia’s Café, Downtown Grille and Café, Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery, Gail Holm, and Sumnerbrook Herbals. Farmers and growers who will supplying ingredients include Wotton Farm, Carriage Hill Honey, Crooked Pine Farm, Nitty Gritty Grain, Red Gables Farm, The NH Farm Museum, Moose Mountain Farm, Pork Hill Farm, The Booty Farm, White Gates Farm, The Farm at Frost Corner, Chartier Farm, Brookford Farm, Mi Vida Gardens, The NH Mushroom Company, Windy Fields Farm, Sewall Orchard, Coppal House Farm, and many more local food producers.
In addition to the agricultural and culinary community, local businesses also play an important role in the success of this annual event by donating to the raffle and silent auction. This year is loaded with wonderful “experiential” items like a cheese making class with Kathey Wotton at Wotton Farm, a one-night stay with breakfast from the Wolfeboro Inn, a personal tour of the new distillery at the Tamworth Lyceum, and beautifully crafted, hand forged knives from Montana Hammer Knives.
Many people have come together to make this glorious evening of food and community possible. Some of the generous sponsors confirmed so far include Huggins Hospital and Doran Independent Insurance, as well as Made on Earth and Ramona McClelland. If you or your business is interested in contributing to the Farm to Table Feast, contact G.A.L.A. about donating to the raffle and silent auction, volunteering for setup, serving, and breakdown, or sponsoring the event at the $1000 (1), $500 (4), or $100 (5) level.
To purchase tickets you can pay online HERE, or call G.A.L.A. at 603-539-6460 during normal business hours. Tickets are $75.00 per person and go on sale August 16th to the general public. This is a B.Y.O event.Have a group of friends and family interested in dining together at the Feast? G.A.L.A. will be accommodating special seating arrangements this year, as well as giving people the option to reserve a table of ten.
Guests will also have the chance to hear briefly about G.A.L.A.’s most recent accomplishments from the last year in hands-on sustainable community building. All Farm to Table inquiries regarding ticket reservations, sponsorships, donations, or volunteering can be directed to Emily Richey by emailing email@example.com or calling 603-539-6460. More information can also be found on G.A.L.A.’s website: www.galacommunity.org.