To the Editor:
One-hundred twenty area residents, farmers and artisan food producers sat down together July 20 to a supper of glorious local seasonal bounty at New Milford's Sullivan Farm.
They did so as a community of local food growers, supporters and advocates.
The occasion was the second annual Farmers Table dinner, founded in 2011 by Sheryl Leach and Howard Rosenfeld, owners of The Smithy in New Preston and of Renaissance Farm in Warren, and their friends and neighbors.
Among the stars of the evening were the young interns aged 14-18 from Sullivan Farm's Food Connection Corp, whose articulate descriptions of what they were learning about the sustainable agriculture they were engaged in at the farm brought a lively round of applause.
The new farm supervisor-educator, Joe Listro, and the part-time education coordinator, Jenna Tomiello, were also lauded.
Thanks, too, to Mayor Patricia Murphy, banjo player Gordon Titcomb, photographers John Kane and Rich Pomerantz of New Milford and volunteers Bob Coppola, Sue and Robin Gallant, Mike Scofield, Ivan Shiffman and his dad, Paul Shiffman and Charmaine Wood.
Thanks also to Sharon Sullivan Racis of the Sullivan family in New Milford, Helen Bartlett, her daughters, Daphne and Maddie, Cynthia Oneglia, Susie Payne, Robert Lockhart and Dan Whalen, all of Washington, Connie Manes of South Kent, the New Milford Police Department and the New Milford Farmland Preservation Committee.
We were very grateful to Wayne Woodard of the Nature Conservancy-Sunny Valley Preserve, Sunny and Mike Halperin of Party Rental Ltd., the Ice House of Danbury, Hunt Hill Farm Trust and Ronnie Maddalena of Social Comment LLC for their great generosity, as well as the Litchfield County Times, the Housatonic Times and The Greater New Milford Spectrum.
We also enjoyed the expertise of Chris Zaima of Washington and Paul Schieffer of Elegant Lighting in Bethlehem in helping us showcase the remarkable farm revitalized by the New Milford Youth Agency and now managed by the 501-C-3 Friends of Sullivan Farm. that is a New Milford treasure.
Chefs for the evening came from Executive Cuisine, the Community Culinary School of Northwest Connecticut and the Green Granary -- all of New Milford.
The following area farms, farmers and mostly artisan food producers contributed produce and product generously or gave to us at wholesale price:
Arethusa Farm and Dairy of Litchfield, George Malkenus and Anthony Yurgaitis, owners, and Erin Hubbard, general manager, Averill Farm in Washington, Susan Averill, Beltane Cheeses in Lebanon, Paul Trubey, Big Y.
Goatboy Soaps, New Milford, Lisa Agee, Boxed Goodes, Litchfield, Pamela Dunn, Highlawn Farm, Lee Mass., William Wilde, owner and Roberto Laurens, manager, Hopkins Vineyard, Warren, Bill Hopkins and George and Hillary Hopkins Criollo.
Larson's Farm Market, New Milford, Dean Schultz, Litchfield Farm Systems, Litchfield, Kay Carroll, Longmeadow Farm, West Cornwall, Tom Levine, Mayapple Farm and CSA, New Milford, Linda and Nick Pouder.
NeJaime's Wine & Spirits, John NeJaime, Savor Fine Foods, Watertown, Andre Kreft, Sullivan Farm, New Milford, Joe Listro, farm manager/educator and Friends of Sullivan Farm, Wave Hill Bakery, Norwalk, Margaret Sapir.
Friends of Sullivan Farm