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Wed, Sept. 18

Mortimer Farms benefit dinner draws record crowd

Hundreds of people stood in line for the barbecue. (Trib Photos/Briana Lonas)

Hundreds of people stood in line for the barbecue. (Trib Photos/Briana Lonas)

The weather could not have been better at the first Mortimer Farms neighborhood dinner benefiting the Yavapai Food Bank.

The benefit collected almost 700 pounds of donated food plus close to $100 in cash for the food bank.

Hundreds of people stood on line during a warm evening enjoying the mouth-watering aroma of barbecue and fresh vegetables from My Grandma's Kitchen.

A wagon at the front of the country store quickly filled to the top with non-perishable items for the food bank.

Children pet the friendly goats and individuals strolled the grounds enjoying a lush garden packed with tomatoes, cabbage, peppers and corn.

The country store also delighted folks with its rows of farm-fresh foods, fudge, refreshments and seeds.

"We're fortunate to get together and do this. We're really glad to be here and help the food bank," said owner Sharla Mortimer.

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