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... a benefit for the work of Minnesota Food Association and Slow Food Minnesota

Harvest dinner :: Farm tours :: Silent auction of specialty foods
A celebration of Ark of Taste foods and seed saving

Big River Farms, Marine on St. Croix
Sunday, September 21, 2014
2 p.m.: Tours and silent auction
3:30 p.m.: “Let’s Talk” discussions and dinner
Click here for directions to the farm >>

Come see Minnesota Food Association’s organic farming program in action. Hear from the farmers and taste the results of their work. Learn about endangered seeds and sample the produce grown from them in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Enjoy local beers, wine, kombucha and sodas ... and enjoy the jazz of Mississippi Hot Club.

:: Go on a farm tour with a difference. Meet the farmers at Let's Talk:
Tour MFA’s “incubator” farm: At MFA, Karen and Hmong farmers join others from Ethiopia, Liberia, Guatemala, Russia, Bhutan, Kenya and the United States to grow produce, share their experiences and develop production and marketing skills. Hear their stories during the tours.

Let’s Talk is an opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with organic farmers and a representative from Seed Savers Exchange on topics including Ark of Taste varieties, seed preservation and traditional crops grown by immigrant farmers.

:: Browse our silent auction of local foods and memorable experiences:
Bid on seats for a traditional Kenyan dinner with organic farmers Moses and Ronah of Dawn2Dusk Farm. Replenish your refrigerator with a year’s supply of Organic Valley dairy and egg products. Experience the food truck craze with gift certificates from Ian Gray’s, The Curious Goat, and the Gastrotruck.

:: Join us for a 4-course white tablecloth dinner prepared by a quartet of top chefs:

Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek
Asian eggplant and long bean/green bean tempura with Naam Prik Kapi
Gaeng Som: sour spicy soup with tamarind and fresh veggies from the farm

Thomas Boemer of Corner Table
Duck rillettes w/ground cherry preserve
Asado with chimichurri, green salad and grilled vegetables

Steven Brown of Tilia
Grilled rainbow trout with ground cherries, and a green tomato panzanella with a buttermilk vinaigrette

Marshall Paulsen of the Birchwood Café
House-made bread with compound butter
An assortment of crostini with Big River Farm produce
Winter squash-local berry shortcake topped with five-spice whipped cream

MFA offers a hands-on program to train immigrants in organic farming methods.
Slow Food MN provides events and projects for people who love food and care about the environment.

Can't be there, or volunteering? Please make a donation to MFA and Slow Food Minnesota.
(Volunteers: We suggest a donation of $47.50, half the price of a member ticket. The dinner is valued at $65. A donation of any size will be appreciated.)

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