by Terry Rogers
The Delmarva Farmers Union recently launched the Certified Delmarva Grown Label which is designed to let customers know that the products sold on farms or at farmers markets are actually grown and raised on Delmarva. The label was implemented this spring so that people know they the peaches, corn or eggs they purchase at a farm market were actually grown locally.
“The label will be used by producers, tailgate markets and handlers that grow, raise or sell food on and from farms located on the Delmarva Peninsula,” Maria Payan of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project said. “We are holding a fund raiser to help launch the label and support our local family farms. A fun fact about our team at SRAP is that about half of us are from multi-generational family farms.”
The fund raiser will be held on September 14 from 4 to 8 PM at the Community Center in Ocean Pines in Berlin, MD. Payan says that local artists, restaurants and small businesses have stepped up to by providing gift certificates, gift baskets, paintings and sponsorships for the event. The event will include live entertainment by Bryan Russo and an auction of donated items.
“We are offering oysters on the half shell, an amazing chef-prepared harvest dinner by Toby Gilbert,” Payan explained. “DelVecchio’s is making desserts that are beyond belief. All the food served will be prepared with food from local farms and our theme is “You Can Taste The Love.” We will be serving craft beers, local wine and even a sangria created with , you guessed it, local fresh peaches. This promises to be a really fun event with raffles, silent auction and a 50-50.”
Payan says the label is designed to assure shoppers that when they purchase from farm stands or eat in restaurants that claim to sell local foods, they are actually selling foods that are grown on Delmarva. In order to use the label, the foods must be grown in one of the three Delaware counties or the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland. Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia are also included in the project.
“This label lets people know that they are supporting local farms and families,” Payan said. “It also minimizes the distance their food travels. There are many markets, roadside stands and restaurants claim to sell Delmarva grown foods and this label will ensure that the foods they sell are, in fact, produced on local farms.”
Tickets for the fund raiser are $75 per person and a table for eight can be reserved for $600. The ticket price includes dinner, entertainment and two drink tickets per person. They can be ordered at https://delmarvafarmtotable2019.com.
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