Then we got on to the good part. Eating. The food was prepared by two local women who, with some help from Megan, spent several days peeling, chopping, and cooking. Pies, cornbread, and some delicious jelly and jam were also provided by one of the grant recipients. We started out with hot cider, crackers, and lots of yummy cheeses from Spinning Spider Creamery. The main dinner included beef stew and an incredible chicken pot pie, collards, roasted vegetables, a delicious kale "quiche-like" casserole, spiced beets, and cooked apples. It was all very good, and there were enough leftovers for all of us to take some home.
What a great way to celebrate a successful project and honor all the grant recipients for the hard work they had done all year. My hat is off to Megan Riley, Rob Hawk, and Ross Young who lead this project, and all the other Extension personnel who are, and have been, involved in organizing and administering this mini-grant program for our local farmers.
You can read more about the program and all the grant recipients from this year and previous years on the WNC Ag Options website. If you want to apply for one of these grants, you have about another week to submit your letter of intent.