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Farm-to-Table dinner last month was a big hit | Letters | Sept. 16

Friends of the Farms wishes to thank the entire community for supporting the Farm to Table Dinner on Aug. 12.

With the guidance and generosity of Linda Brandt, owner of Madrone Lane between Blackbird Bakery and Dana’s Showhouse, and the creative and equally generous Jeff Shephard from Blackbird Bakery, Friends of the Farms was able to transform the area into a warm, informal setting with a feel of a European bistro. Local restaurants, bakeries, caterers, distilleries and wineries donated and served locally grown products showcasing our local farmers.

This event was an over-the-top success thanks to our business community and volunteer support. Many thanks to Bobbie Morgan, Kelly Sweeney and Kelly Snow for creating the first-ever outdoor farm dinner. With Zero Waste at the helm of sustainability, we disposed of 95 percent compostable items, 5 percent recycled items and a small bag that went to landfill.

Those who donated their cuisine and time included Blackbird Bakery, Bainbridge Bakers, Fours Swallows, Hitchcock, Harbour Public House, Local Harvest, Marche, Pane d’Amore Bakery, Pegasus, Streamliner Diner, Simply Bainbridge and The 122.

Others who continue to embrace our community are Mike Hale from Hale’s Brewery and Gerard and Jo Ann Bentryn of Bainbridge Island Winery, who once again, offered their support.

We are also grateful to Bainbridge Organic Distilleries, Fletcher Bay Winery, Perennial Vintners, Rolling Bay Winery and Victor Alexander Winery. Bart Berg Landscape, Bainbridge Rentals, ProBuild, Thriftway, Bainbridge Disposal, Sound Reprographics and Joe, Sweet Basil Graphics, Jeanette Alexander and Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, who  are true partners.

Plein Air Artists helped capture the farmland through paintings, donating 100 percent of their sales to Friends of the Farms.

With everyone’s generosity and commitment, the proceeds will be used immediately to preserve farmland, promote agricultural practices and to increase the production of locally grown food.

Wendy Tyner, executive director

Friends of the Farms

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