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PRESS RELEASE/Fourth Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary McClintock, M.Ed.   
Thursday, 05 June 2008

Sunday, August 17, 5-7pm, Greenfield Town Common

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the Fourth Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food on Sunday, August 1 from 5-7pm on the Greenfield Town Common/Court Square. All are welcome to be part of this great community event which will feature a free bountiful meal of locally grown food prepared by local chefs, live music, children’s activities, educational displays and a Really, Really Free Market. Again this year we’ll serve appetizers to those standing in line and serve efficiently to speed the line along. To conserve resources and reduce trash, all are encouraged to bring their own place setting and napkin. For more information and to see pictures of the 2006 and 2007 Suppers, visit

It takes a whole community to make a great community event. Over 60 volunteers, 30 farms, a dozen organizations, and countless home gardeners (along with over 600 hungry diners) helped make last year’s Supper a success. A core groupof volunteer organizers is already at work planning the Free Harvest Supper and they want your help!

There are many ways to be involved – with planning, volunteering the day of the Supper, donating food, or providing information for the display area. The organizers currently are looking for folks to help create the “Map of the Meal” and the supper program and to help with the Really, Really Free Market, as well as people to set-up, serve, and clean-up. To or 413-773-5029 x3.  

The goals of the Free Harvest Supper are: to encourage everyone to eat locally grown food; to support local agriculture; and to raise money for Farmers Market coupons distributed by the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry. While the Supper is free to all, donations are accepted and are used for the coupons which help achieve the supper’s goals. Local residents in need of food get coupons from the Food Pantry, use them to purchase locally grown food at the Greenfield Farmers Market, and then Food Pantry staff pay the farmers for the coupons they have accepted. It’s a win-win system.

The Really, Really Free Market has been a huge success at the Free Harvest Supper. Again this year, gardeners and Free Market is just like its name says: free. All are welcome to take home some of the donated produce. The Really, is and more. There is no need to sign up to donate to the Really, Really Free Market – just bring your produce to the supper from 4-5:30pm.           

To make financial donations to the Free Harvest Supper:
Send checks made out to Center for Self-Reliance to Dino Schnelle, Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3½ Osgood Street, Greenfield, MA 01301. Please note “Free Harvest Supper” on the check. For more information about the Center for Self-Reliance and the Greenfield Farmers’ Market Coupon project, please call (413) 773-5029.~~~~~~~~~

For more information: contact This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or 413-773-5029 x3 

Mary McClintock, M.Ed.
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929 S. Deerfield Rd.
Conway, MA 01341
413-369-8085 (fax)
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