The Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative (GVLFI), a part the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, would like to thank all who came out to enjoy the Farm Feast at the Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company on Friday, Oct. 23.
There was a great turn out for this annual event with over 120 in attendance. The event featured a fully local foods dinner of all Greenbrier Valley Grown certified food, a traditional square dance, and the old time musical accompaniments of the Allegheny Hellbenders.
The food featured al of Greenbrier Valley’s finest meat and produce. The meal was BBQ style and all meats were slow cooked by the Burnout Pit BBQ in Alderson. Beef brisket from Milligan Creek Farm, pulled pork from Dogwood Hill Natural Gardens, and chicken from S&S farm were enjoyed by all the omnivores. The vegetable lovers among us were served mixed green salad from T&L Fruits and Vegetable Farm, roasted root vegetables from Laurel Creek Farm and Dogwood Hill, and a delicious squash soup prepared by the Greenbrier Valley Baking Company and pinto beans with green peppers, onions and tomatoes from Standing Stone Farm. To accompany it all, was local fermented kimchi style sauerkraut from Lobelia Understory Edibles and corn bread with corn meal from Bluestone Mountain Farm. The brewery was adorned with fall festive decorations donated by Byrnside Farms. “A great dinner of foods grown by local farmers and cooked by local chefs. I never tried kimchi before, and was inspired to get some after tasting it at the Farm Feast. Great food, beer, and music. I could enjoy this on a regular basis,”stated Sarah Umberger, of Lewisburg.
A raffle of donated local goods was offered with all the proceeds going the SNAP UP doubling program. Goods were donated from the Alderson Green Grocer, Bella the Corner Gourmet, Brightside Acres, Chestnut Revival Café, Standing Stone Farm, Twin Sugars Orchards, and Vernal Vibe Rise. Recipients of SNAP benefits can double their benefits at the Winter Farmers Market,open Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the WV State Fairgrounds, in Fairlea. Produce doubling of SNAP dollars is also available at the Alderson Green Grocer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
If you missed the event you can see pictures of the food and fun on the Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative Facebook page. Keep up with other special events by signing up for their mailing list at GreenbrierValley.org.