On Saturday Sept. 21 the SUNY Geneseo organization Think Local Geneseo will host a Harvest Moon Dinner to celebrate local food, farming, and communities. The dinner will be outdoors at the Free Soil Farm at the Hartford House at 17 Avon Rd. in Geneseo and Think Local Geneseo is inviting students, faculty, and community residents to attend.
One ticket to the dinner – $20 general, $15 students, and $8 children 12 and under – allows for a night of farm tours, a locally-sourced dinner, raffles, and music by the Geneseo string band. Think Local Geneseo is hoping to have at least 100 people attend this event and will be raffling off items like Once Again Nut Butter, local food cookbooks, and F. Oliver’s oils and vinegars, among other things. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward a local nonprofit, still to be determined.
Catering for the dinner will be provided by Papa Jay’s catering and will include various soups, stir-fry, a chicken barbecue, and an apple and ice cream dessert. The meal will be prepared with ingredients sourced from local farms, include the Free Soil Farm and those at the Geneseo Farmers Market.
“We’re excited to provide our own vegetables for this dinner, so that people can taste the difference that fresh local produce provides in a quality meal,” said Corrin Strong, owner of the Free Soil Farm.
Gates open for the dinner at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will start promptly at 5:30 p.mThe idea of sourcing locally reflects the mission of Think Local Geneseo that was created this summer by SUNY Geneseo senior Madeline Smith who received the Campus Auxiliary Services Ambassadorship in Entrepreneurship that asks that students create projects that enrich the community around them. Smith hopes to tie the college and the community through local eating and to educate the community about the benefits of choosing locally when consuming food and other products; events like the dinner are one aspect of her project.
More information on the event can be found at thinklocalgeneseo.wordpress.com. Tickets can be purchased at Touch of Grayce, Sundance Bookstore, the Geneseo Farmers Market, or by emailing email@example.com