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Second-annual harvest dinner all ready to go

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The second-annual Rainy River District Harvest Dinner is set to go Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Devlin Hall.

A fantastic menu of local foods has been created by Todd Moxham of “CATER 2 U,” a locally-owned cooking and catering company.

All five courses, from the appetizers to the dessert, will be made with products grown or raised right here in Rainy River District.

The highlight of the entrée will be the very best beef our district has to offer after Russ Fortier, chairman of the Rainy River Future Development Corp., out-bid three others for the 4-H grand champion market steer at this year’s fall fair in Emo.

Kerry Hyatt, who raised the grand champion, plans to attend this year’s dinner.

The harvest dinner is your chance to mix-and-mingle with the farmers and food producers of the district. With the recent listeriosis scare, it’s more important than ever to know where your food comes from and who produces it.

The dinner is open to the public, and local rural ag co-ordinator Jeanette Cawston would like to see people from across the district support it.

“Come out and meet your farmers and other food producers,” she urged. “We are only selling 200 tickets and would love to see the Devlin Hall full of people who want to support our local food initiative.”

“Local food for local people” is a concept that’s spreading across the country. Taste tests have proven that local, fresh foods taste better than products shipped for several days. Local, naturally-raised and fed animal products are noticeably more flavourful, and retain a higher proportion of their nutritional value than imported foods.

Other studies have shown fresh, locally-grown vegetables have significantly higher levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus than conventional ones.

The “mix-and-mingle” portion of the evening will begin at 5 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a local string trio will perform.

Supper then will be served at 6:30.

Following the gourmet meal, the portion of the beef not used in the meal will be auctioned off by Telford Advent.

Tickets for the harvest dinner, which cost $25 each, can be purchased from Cawston or Gary Sliworsky at the OMAFRA office in Emo, or from Kim-Jo Bliss at the agricultural research station just west of Emo.

This annual event is a co-operative effort of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, Clover Valley Farmers’ Market, and the RRFDC’s Ag Initiative Program.

Come out, support the local food producers of Rainy River District, and enjoy a fantastic harvest dinner.

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