May 14, 2019 by Mark H. Anbinder in 14850 Dining
Three local organizations that have provided farm-fresh food to the Ithaca area for years are having a joint anniversary party! The Piggery, the Full Plate Farm Collective, and the Youth Farm Project are teaming up Wednesday for an event that will feature live music, local food, and local beer.
The party is free and open to the public, at Stick & Stone Farm at 1605 Trumansburg Road, northwest of Ithaca, and it’s from 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 15th.
It’s the 15th anniversary celebration for the Full Plate Farm Collective, a multi-farm organic CSA, or farm share, service that includes fresh produce from Remembrance Farm, Stick & Stone Farm, Three Swallows Farm, and a small network of other growers totaling over 50 acres of organic vegetables and serving hundreds of local households. While lots of farms offer their own CSA, or “community supported agriculture,” shares, the collective lets supporters enjoy a wider variety of produce than each of the farms could otherwise individually offer.
The Piggery is celebrating its tenth anniversary as a farm offering pasture-raised heritage hogs and a local butcher and charcuterie outlet that began as a booth at the Ithaca Farmers Market. They opened a retail outlet across Route 13 from Steamboat Landing, and operated a cafe and deli-style restaurant before deciding to focus on the butcher shop, which also offers countless other locally produced food items.
The Youth Farm Project has been bringing youth together from diverse social and economic backgrounds for ten years, exposing kids to all aspects of farm work and exploring the discrepancies of the existing food system. Youth participants are involved from planting seeds to selling produce and managing the group’s mobile market.
Wednesday’s gathering will feature beer from Salt Point Brewing in Lansing, farm tours, old timey music, and menu items from the former Piggery restaurant operation.
For more, follow 14850 Dining on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or sign up for our newsletter.