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Green Hills' Homegrown Tasting Festival

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State Fair may be over, but great food remains at Green Hills' Homegrown Tasting Festival:

This Friday, Sept. 5, Syracuse's independent grocery store Green Hills at 5933 South Salina St. will host a Homegrown Tasting Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. It's in store and it's free and will feature local farmers and producers, for an educational and fun locally grown tasting festival.

Farmers who already come to Green Hills every Wednesday for a farmer's market from 3 to 7 p.m. will be featured, as well as many more food producers.

To celebrate the success of the farmer's market and the culmination of the harvest, Drover Hill, Heamour, Aunt Bee's, G&M, CobblestoneValley, Wake Robin and Raiti's farms will join local product producers (listed below) for the in-store tasting, offering samples of some of the best meats, cheeses and homegrown produce in Central New York.

What do Peacevine, Latah, Una Harsock, Striped Cavern and Green Zebra all have in common? They are among the 17 local heirloom tomato varieties grown on Aunt Bee's Farm that will be personally sampled by Aunt Bee (Becky McElheny) to attendees at the Homegrown Tasting Festival at Green Hills.

Customers will have the opportunity to meet Aunt Bee, sample, taste-test, learn and make notes about each heirloom variety, complimented by over a half dozen types of Aunt Bee's locally homegrown basil, all conscientiously and sustainably grown with obvious pride and love.

In addition to Aunt Bee's array of herbs and veggies, succulent, humanely raised antibiotic and hormone free Drover Hill beef (www.droverhill.com) will be featured by Madison County growers, Stephanie and William Lipsey, served in a tempting coconut curry.

Shannon Nichols (heamourfarms.com) will also be featured sampling her farmstead style homemade, handcrafted cheeses including an in-store "cheese pull" demonstration on the same evening.

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