Spring Creek Harvest Feast Tomorrow Night

Just a reminder that the Spring Creek Harvest Feast is tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the State College Borough Building, 243 South Allen in Room 201 (the Community Room). Best bets for parking are probably the metered lots off Beaver Avenue (behind Growing Tree Toys) and the municipal lot behind the Verizon building on Allen Street. Also – on-street metered parking is free after 6 p.m.

Why are we doing this?

To celebrate local food and local farmers, spend time with other people who are passionate about enjoying and strengthening the local food system in Central PA, share and gather some rough ideas about how to make it stronger. The State College Public Works Department is cosponsoring the feast, and is currently updating Resolution 944 (declaring the Borough a climate protection community and setting benchmarks for sustainability.) The upcoming draft of the resolution will include a Sustainable Food Policy, and Borough staff are especially interested in your input on that topic.

Who’s coming?

Roughly 60 adults and 20 kids had signed up as of Sunday night – including farmers, gardeners, community and school garden managers, cooks, public works staffers, Penn State students, sustainability organizers and more. We’re setting up the room for another 20 or so walk-ins. Current list is at the blog at the Harvest Feast page.

Wondering what to bring?

A main dish or side dish that you like to make, enough for about 4-6 people, plus a serving utensil. Bread and cheese, marmalades, sauces, desserts – anything counts. Some people have let me know what they’re bringing (thank you!) but if you haven’t sent in your potluck dish for the list, that’s fine. Just bring something and all will be well. There are outlets in the kitchen for crock-pots, and there’s a microwave, sink and refrigerator, but no oven or stovetop. If you think you might like to take some leftovers home, feel free to bring a container or two.

What are we providing?

  • Tablecloths & Napkins
  • Drinks (Meyer Dairy milk, Harner Farm apple cider, State College water)
  • Plates, bowls & cups
  • Knives, forks & spoons
  • Dish rack, dish soap, washcloths and drying towels
  • Arts & Crafts supplies (paper, markers, scissors, crayons, pastels, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and brushes, Play-Dough and related tools)
  • Games & puzzles (playing cards, Pictionary, Trouble, Scrabble, Bananagrams, chess, checkers…)

Other ways to help:

We’ll need a few people to stay after for a little while to wash and dry dishes and tidy the meeting room. Matt Rooke of Harvest Fields Community Garden in Boalsburg has offered to help – probably just one or two more volunteers would be plenty. Thanks Matt, and thanks also to Sarah Potter, who’s volunteered to take the table linens home for washing.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night – feel free to call with any last-minute questions, etc.


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