Fresh from the farm straight to your plate

First Posted: 9/9/2014

Local farmers will visit Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit, for the Farm to Table Open House on Sept. 13 to share information on their field of farming with store employees and visitors.

“The farmers will be here with some of their produce so people can meet them, talk to them, learn about the importance of organic farmin, and the farmers will share their food with them,” said Barry Kaplan, owner of Everything Natural.

One of the farmers will be Elizabeth Piriczky from Overlook Farms in Waverly.

“We are extremely excited about participating in the Farm to Table Open House,” she said. “It is wonderful to see the community gathering around local food and supporting organic farming practices. We will be bringing a variety of vegetables and eggs and discussing our farming practices.”

The open house will also have a lunch sampling at noon. Everything Natural will prepare a meal made from fresh, local foods grown near the area.

Classic rock/pop band Revolution II will performfrom 1 to 3 p.m. inside the store during the event. There will also be a basket raffle with local farm goods and gluten-free goodies.

Everything Natural has always offered a fall, harvest-themed open house, but this is the first with a theme of Farm to Table.

“We like to change it up to keep it interesting,” said Kaplan.

The Farm to Table Open House is a collaborative effort among the people of Everything Natural.

“The store staff gets involved, and come up with ideas,” said Kaplan. “It’s also a way we share information. People value not just the goods but also the information we provide.”

Downtown Go Around on Sept. 12 is a kickoff to the Farm to Table Open House. The mural which artist Ted Michalowski will create on Sept. 12 will still be displayed during the open house. This month’s theme of Downtown Go Around will be Harvest Moon.

“We’re truly happy to feature local farmers and their food,” Kaplan said on behalf of everyone from Everything Natural. “It gives people the chance to meet the people who grow it for them. This is a way people can come together.”

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