Originally Published: September 2, 2017 6 a.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 27, Prescott Farmers Market hosted its inaugural Farm to Table Dinner fundraiser at the Holiday Courtyard in celebration of the market’s 20th anniversary. The dinner exemplified supporting local business and featured fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese from 18 local farms and ranches.
Two-hundred guests attended the nonprofit’s dinner. Local award-winning band Sugar & The Mint serenaded guests during cocktail hour as they enjoyed cocktails from The Barley Hound, Prescott Athletic Club and Thumb Butte Distillery. Cocktail hour featured wines from Painted Lady Vineyard of Skull Valley and Del Rio Springs Vineyard of Paulden. Appetizers included samosas from Safari Samosas and melon gazpacho from Patti Marrs of Orme School.
Dinner was prepared by four local chefs who are committed to using locally-grown foods: Farmers Plate by Aimee Novak, Leek Pesto Risotto by John Panza of Biga by Senses and Buckwheat Hoppin’ John and Braised Short Ribs by Harley Ray Guy. Dessert featured Pecan Tassies and Peach Sauvignon Blanc Cupcakes by
Cassandra Hankison of Biga by Senses and cookies paired with a mead from Superstition Meadery. The chefs received a standing ovation; guests raved about the food and atmosphere.
Prescott Farmers Market Executive Director Kathleen Yetman thanked the community for 20 years of support of the market and encouraged them to continue to support local farmers by shopping at the market. “When you choose to buy your groceries from local farmers, you impact the whole community. You ensure that those farmers have food on their tables, grow food with integrity and receive a fair wage. You boost our local economy as well — more of your dollars stay in our community when you spend them at local businesses,” Yetman said.
Guests at the dinner praised the organizers for a wonderful event. “There are times when all the elements of an extraordinary fundraising event come together to create a memorable and purposeful occasion. The Farm to Table Dinner celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Prescott Farmers Market was such an occasion,” said guest Bert Ijams.
Prescott Farmers Market raised an estimated $10,000 from the dinner which will help sustain the organization and expand programs that increase access to local, healthy food for the community.
Prescott Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization hosting two year-round markets in Prescott and Prescott Valley and a summer market in Chino Valley. As a vital part of the economy, the mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food.
Information provided by Prescott Farmers Market.