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Farm To Fork 2009 Picnic, Hurdle Mills, NC, Raleigh-Durham, June 14, 2009

What happens when Four Square restaurant joins forces with Four Leaf farm? When Fowl Attitude farm meets Fullsteam Brewery? Well, you'll have to attend Farm to Fork 2009 (www.farmtoforknc.com) to find out.

Farm to Fork, a large community picnic with fresh-grown, artisanally prepared food, is also a fundraiser benefiting local farms. Admission is $50 (kids 12 and under are free) and proceeds fund the apprentice programs sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (www.cefs.ncsu.edu) and the PLANT @ Breeze Farm Enterprise Incubator.

The list of participating chefs, caterers, restaurants, farmers and food wonder-makers is too long to enumerate here. In short, each land-based group will team with its kitchen-based counterpart to whip up something yummy. For example, Bill Dow of Ayrshire Farm in Pittsboro, who has been farming sustainably since 1978, is teaming with Scott Crawford, who just took over the kitchen at Herons Restaurant (100 Woodland Pond, Cary, 447-4200, www.heronsrestaurant.com), to prepare ... who knows?

The meal will include the season's first field-ripened tomatoes; heritage pork; a shrimp boil; grass-fed beef; farmstead cheese, preserves and breads; all-local snow cones; grilled pizzas made from Triangle-grown wheat and produce; and the season's last strawberries.

It happens north of Hillsborough, Sunday, June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the W.C. Breeze Family Farm Extension and Research Center (4909 Walnut Grove Church Road, Hurdle Mills). Tickets are available at www.farmtoforknc.com or by calling 755-3804, and must be purchased in advance. If it rains, head to the Durham Farmers' Market pavilion.

Participants as of June 1 include:
 
18 Seaboard

3CUPS

Abundance Foundation

Acme Food & Beverage

David Auerbach

Ayrshire Farm

Bluebird Meadows

Brinkley Farms

Cane Creek Farm

Carolina Crossroads

Castlemaine Farm

Celebrity Goat Dairy

Chapel Hill Creamery

Contrarian Farm

Coon Rock Farm

Counter Culture Coffee

Durham Inner-city Gardeners at SEEDS

Dutch Buffalo Farm

Eco Farm

Elaine’s on Franklin

Elysian Fields Farm

Farmer’s Daughter

Fickle Creek Farm

Foster’s Market

Four Leaf Farm

Four Square

Fowl Attitude Farm

Fullsteam Brewery

Glasshalfull

Harland’s Creek Farm

Haw River Wine Man

Herons

Irregardless Café

Jujube

Lantern

Lil’ Farm

Lucky 32

Maple Spring Gardens

Neal’s Deli

Panciuto

Panzanella

Peregrine Farm

Perry-winkle Farm

Piedmont Biofarm

Piedmont

Plant @ Breeze Farmers

Poole’s Diner

Sage & Swift

Scratch Bakery

Southport Seafood

The Barbecue Joint

The Weathervane

Fred Thompson

Timberwood Organics

Tiny Farm

Toast

Triple B Farms

Watts Grocery

Wild Hare Farm

Zely & Ritz

 

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