Middletown hosts Farm-to-Table event

Area residents enjoy the Middletown Farm to Table event last year. This year's event is scheduled for Sept. 10 on Main Street. Photo courtesy of Charles Harbaugh

Middletown’s Farm-to-Table event is back.

A photo of a farm to table event two years ago in Eugene, Oregon, inspired Middletown to have its own last year.  Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh saw the photo and showed it to others.

“I said ‘why can’t we do this? Why can’t we do this in Middletown and have 100 percent go to people with disabilities?” Harbaugh said.

They could and did, closing down U.S. 11 to host last year’s farm-to-table event.

It proved very popular and organizers sold all 150 tickets. Organizers expanded the event to 225 and only have 40 tickets left. They expect to sell out again this year, Harbaugh said.

All of the proceeds go to NW Works, a nonprofit organization that works to place about 145 adults with disabilities into vocational training and jobs.

Harbaugh is the event organizer and works at NW Works.

This year’s event has already raised $12,000, in ticket sales, for NW Works, he said.

The farm-to-table event is a great opportunity to showcase NW Works, Firefly Bakery (which is cooking the entree) as well as the businesses in Middletown, said NW Works CEO Marshall Henson

“Most important the proceeds go to employ people with disabilities,” Henson said. “That is the group that has the hardest time becoming economically self-sufficient. Employment strengthens the community and contributes to the tax base. There is no reason why we should not include everyone in our community.”

Businesses in the community are donating their services, food items, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

Popular musician Robbie Limon, who is a Middletown resident, will be entertaining the crowd.

Those attending will be served a meal with hors d’ oeuvres of crab cakes and sausage rolls, salad, a main entree of stuffed chicken breast served with sage and toasted walnut pesto potatoes,  roasted squash and caramel apple cheesecake for dessert.

Last year’s event came together perfectly and the mayor is looking forward to this year’s dinner.

“The atmosphere is so nostalgic,” Harbaugh said.  “It’s a social event but it is a community event as well.”

If You Go

When: 4 p.m. Sept. 10

Where: Main Street, Middletown

Cost: Tickets are $75.  Buy them at NW Works www.nwworks.com or Firefly Cafe & Bakery, 3035 Valley Ave., Winchester. Rain date is Sept. 17.