A HUGE Farm Fresh Feast 2011 Thank You!

photo by Mai Norton

Saturday, July 16, out at Moors End Farm –as the blood-orange moon rose over the cornfields and the music of the Shep cats filled the tents– we kicked off our second annual Farm Fresh Feast. Thanks to the generosity, energy and enthusiasm of our Event Committee, Sponsors, In-Kind Donors, Volunteers,and Guests, the evening, which raises funds for all of the work we do through our Programs and outreach & education, was a tremendous success! We would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who participated and contributed to this year’s event.

We are grateful to the Slosek family for, once again, hosting the Farm Fresh Feast at Moors End Farm. It cannot be overstated that our ability to come together as a community of seasonal and year round residents in this setting – amongst Moors End’s beautiful fields, with the wide open sky above us – is a huge part of what makes this event so special. As we all gathered together on Saturday in this spectacular environment, sharing a meal of locally harvested food, celebrating with music and good conversation, we felt the importance of the underlying theme of the evening – to preserve this way of life and assure that it continue for generations to come. Our ability to support local farms, fishermen and the agricultural industry which provides healthy food for Nantucket, to convey an understanding to our young people of sustainability,and the value of having access to fresh local food, and to creatively ensure the land and resources needed for such food production are available to those who take on the arduous task of raising and harvesting our food is paramount.

Photo by Mai Norton

In the true spirit of Nantucket community, an amazing number of individuals and businesses came together to make

this event happen – from the farmers and growers who supplied us with Island grown vegetables and herbs and locally harvested seafood, to those who gave their support as underwriters, to those who donated items for our auctions, to the long list of volunteers who gave generously of their time – from the very early planning stages until the end of the evening on Saturday – we would like to say “thank you”. This event would not have been possible without your help and support.

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who attended the Farm Fresh Feast, and to those who participated in our live and silent auctions. With a multitude of worthwhile Island non-profits hosting summer fundraisers, and with an endless variety of summer activities and social engagements to attend, we are honored and appreciative that you made time in your busy schedule to come out and support Sustainable Nantucket.

All photos by Mai Norton