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Sept. 7 East Sangerville Grange ‘Suppah’ celebrates local farms

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SANGERVILLE — The East Sangerville Grange is resurrecting its famed tradition of putting on a not-to-miss public dinner. The meal, a “Farm-to-Table Suppah,” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with “suppah” starting at 6 p.m. Live old-time Americana sting-band music will be played by the local band Timberdoodle. In addition the Piscataquis County Soil and Water District Educator of the Year Alexandra Conover Bennett will be honored.

The East Sangerville Grange has experienced an increase in its membership in recent years that is putting them in touch with the agricultural roots of the original national Grange. A majority of the East Sangerville Grange’s newest members are small farm owners in the area. These new members share a passion for sustainable production and locally-sourced products that was already a strong tradition of the East Sangerville Grange. Veteran members have long been dedicated to handcrafting, farming and serious home gardening. The blending of new and veteran members has created a unique niche of locally produced products — from vegetables, fruits and mushrooms to cheeses and meats; from honey and home-brewed beer, to handmade soaps and more. With the variety and abundance created by the membership and other local farms, the East Sangerville Grange has decided to celebrate with a public supper to highlight all that the local farms offer to the area.

The Sept. 7 “suppah” will showcase many of the East Sangerville Grange members’ farm and garden products, as well as those from other area farms. The meal will be presented in a friendly, family-style manner. Recipes will highlight the versatility and wide range of culinary possibilities made available by the local farms. The “suppah” will enable diners the opportunity to sample many local farm products, as well as the chance to speak directed to the farmers who produced the food on the tables. For ticket information, go to eastsangervillegrange.org.

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