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Farm to Table event planned July 12

WORTHINGTON -- The Agribusiness Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Farm to Table event July 12 in downtown Worthington July 12, in conjunction with that evening's downtown farmer's market.

WORTHINGTON -- The Agribusiness Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Farm to Table event July 12 in downtown Worthington July 12, in conjunction with that evening’s downtown farmer’s market.

A fundraiser for the committee’s agriculture scholarship, the dinner is hoped to connect people with agriculture through locally grown products, from meat to fruits and vegetables.

“We wanted to bring to the community an event that would showcase local producers and promote the ag products that we raise and grow here that help feed people locally and worldwide,” said Jed Breuker, agribusiness committee member and one of the event’s coordinators.

The event begins with a 5:30 p.m. social, which will include a wine tasting presented by the Worthington Liquor Store featuring wines from Round Lake Vineyard & Winery. The dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and will include smoked pork loin donated by JBS, locally grown potatoes and sweet corn prepared by members of the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers, as well as salad greens supplied by vendors of the downtown farmer’s market. The American Dairy Association will supply milk and ice cream, and Schumacher’s Berry Farm at Heron Lake supplied the strawberries for the ice cream.

A maximum of 100 tickets will be sold for the event, with tickets available for purchase at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Third Ave., or The Daily Apple, 207 10th St., in Worthington. Included in the ticket price is a $10 gift certificate to the downtown farmer’s market.

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“I think it’s important that we, as an ag business committee, promote and support our area producers and the products they bring to the table,” Breuker said. “We have some of the safest, healthiest foods in the world produced right here, locally, and we want to showcase those to the community.”

Breuker said recipe cards will be provided with the meal to help give people ideas on how to prepare some of the featured foods.

While the dining experience shines a spotlight on local producers, Breuker said one of the primary reasons for the event is to raise funds for two $1,000 scholarships the agribusiness committee awards each year to Nobles County youths pursuing higher education in an ag-related field. Students who are in their final year of high school are eligible to apply.

“There are many jobs locally, whether in ag production or in ag business, that help our community thrive,” Breuker said. “We want to encourage our youths to pursue those opportunities.”

The Farm to Table event will take place on 10th Street, between Second and Third avenues. In case of rain, it will be moved to the Worthington Fire Hall.

Music will be provided by RadioWorks DJ Matt Widboom, who will also emcee the event. Members of the Worthington FFA Chapter will help serve the meal.

Related Topics: AGRICULTURE
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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