Bringing dozens of farmers and craftsmen together on Saturdays for approximately eight months in a row has been referred to by seasoned veterans of the Lewisburg Farmers Market board as “herding cats.” But herding cats has never been so gracefully done. The Saturday markets at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church and municipal parking lot is a lovely festival marketplace enjoyed by all who visit.
To recognize their own efforts achieved, the support of the market by the community, and to give thanks to the universe, the Lewisburg Farmers Market is holding its second annual Community Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 4. The dinner will feast one’s eyes with all locally grown and produced food prepared by the market vendors.
On the menu will be chicken, pork and beef dishes; roasted vegetables with rice; zucchini cakes and pepper poppers. There will be roasted potatoes; a Sunchoke Casserole and there is a rumor about cole-slaw. Green salads and soups will be available to the tune of pumpkin, French Country and lentil. Fresh Persian Sunbread will be there along with an assortment baked breads and corn muffins. Desserts will include frosted brownies, slab apple pie, peach cobbler, biscotti and gluten-free cookies. There will also be tea, coffee and cider for beverages.
The Lewisburg Farmers Market is a nonprofit; and throughout the year offers a unique fundraiser or two. The current fundraiser is a very special event. It is a raffle of a handmade heirloom snowflake quilt by the legendary matriarch and founding member of the market, Frances Smith. The quilt will be on display at the Saturday markets from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. each Saturday until the Oct. 4 dinner. The tickets for the raffle are sold at the market; and will be available as well at the night of the dinner, right up until the drawing at 8 p.m. that night.
In addition to the feast, the drawing of the exquisite quilt, there will be live music at the Community Harvest Dinner. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 for adults and discounted pricing for children. Adult tickets at the door will be $20 on the night of the dinner. One may buy tickets at each Saturday market for the dinner; but you may also purchase tickets at Edith’s Health and Specialty Store, Hill and Holler Bicycle Shop and Plants Etc. in downtown Lewisburg.