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Grab a plate: Kirby's farm market serves community

by Courtney Deeren - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, Oct 8th 2019 08:55 pm
BEST hosted its third annual Farm to Table fundraiser at Kirby's Farm market which included a cocktail hour in the yard before the formal dinner was served in the greenhouse. The space was decorated with fall themed items.
BEST hosted its third annual Farm to Table fundraiser at Kirby's Farm market which included a cocktail hour in the yard before the formal dinner was served in the greenhouse. The space was decorated with fall themed items.

Kirby’s Farm Market on state route 104 was the host of Building Excellence in Students Today’s (BEST) third annual fundraiser. The fund raiser, adequately named Farm to Table, was set up behind the market. Working alongside Garnishes, Kirby’s supplied farm–fresh produce that would be turned into hors d’oeuvres and a five course meal. 

The space was filled with pumpkins, chrysanthemums, hay bales and quilts. There was a fall theme throughout, with the decorations reflecting warm colors typically associated with the season. After checking in, guests walked down a pumpkin lined path to a fork in the road. There were wooden signs telling guests where to go — left for cocktails and right for dinner. 

Cocktail hour was held in the lawn between an apple orchard and chicken coop. Small round tables adorned with white tablecloths and seasonal decorations were scattered about the yard, beside a tent containing appetizers and drinks. To accompany guests throughout the cocktail hour, a musical duo played smooth music one might expect to hear at such an event, with one performer playing a saxophone and one playing the keyboard and singing. 

After cocktails guests were invited to the greenhouse for the formal dinner. Running the length of the greenhouse were several long banquet tables arranged end-to-end. The tables were covered with white linen and at each place setting was a copy of the menu for the evening. Running down the middle of the table were bunches of flowers, gourds and several bottles of wine. 

Before the event began, organizers were dashing about getting things prepped and ready for guests to arrive. One of the organizers, Josephine Matela, the one to come up with the original idea behind the fundraiser. 

“I had the idea three years ago,” Matela said. “I said, ‘why don’t we have a farm to table event in a greenhouse?’ and I knew the perfect place.” 

The original idea was finally set into motion even though no one knew how it would turn out. 

“We took a risk,” Matela said. Matela also praised Kirby’s for being such a willing participant. 

“It’s a team effort,” she said. “We couldn’t do it without Kirby’s.” 

President of BEST, Alicia Fink, echoed Matela’s sentiments. 

“We thought, okay, let’s give it a try,” Fink said. “It’s an awful lot of work but it’s great.” 

BEST formed five years ago with the event coming two years later. Over the last three years Farm to Table has raised over $10,000. 

“The organization’s goal is to raise funds to support students and teachers in the Brockport Central School district,” Fink said. “We create new programs that are out of budgets and help fund existing programs that need extra. We have given grants to teachers. We helped with students with special needs, with seating. We also funded the bookmobile and bought supplies for it and that has been going for two summers.” 

The funds also went to help students in a science class attend state finals after winning local competitions and allowed French students to go to a French Canadian opera. 

The event has only grown over the years, with the first year garnering 80 attendants. That number now reaches up to 100 guests. While it seems to be growing, Fink doesn’t want it to get too big. 

“The space doesn’t really allow for more than that,” Fink said. “And we don’t really want more than that. We don’t want to leave. Kirby’s is amazing.” 

 

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