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Baltimore Woods in Marcellus to celebrate locally produced food

Steve Gallagher, stugallagherphotography.com

— Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus hosts its third annual Local Harvest Dinner Sunday, Jan. 22. Guests can enjoy samples of the bountiful foods grown, produced and prepared in local CNY communities during two grazing sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A diverse group of local food artisans and farmers representing their wares will be on hand, available to answer questions and offer insight into their sustainable practices.

This year’s participants

Drover Hill Farms, Earlville

Early Morning Farm, Genoa

Elderberry Pond, Auburn

Flour City Pasta, Fairport

Forty Weight Coffee Roasters, Freeville

Horsford Farms, Weedsport

Meadowood Farms, Cazenovia

Mu Mu Museli, Sharon Springs

Owens Orchard, Weedsport

Shotwell Brook Farm, Skaneateles

Stephen Landon "the free range chef,” Skaneateles

Stones Throw Farm, Nedrow

Wake Robin, Jordan

WW Texas Longhorn Ranch, Bernhards Bay

Yummy Tummy Sweets, DeWitt

“Baltimore Woods believes in the importance of people experiencing a direct and profound connection to nature,” said Patty Weisse, executive director of the nature center. “What better way to connect to the natural world than through the foods that nourish our bodies, provided by the local food industry that enriches our community?”

The event highlights Central New York as an agricultural haven, and seeks to connect the growers, producers and chefs with the community.

“Being part of the local harvest dinner introduced our pasta to new customers,” said participating vendor Jon Stadt, of Flour City Pasta. “This event was incredibly influential for our business —which we are very grateful for.”

Tickets are $20 for Baltimore Woods members and $35 for non-members, and can be purchased online at baltimorewoods.org, by emailing info@baltimorewoods.org, or by calling 673-1350. The nature center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus.

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