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MCFB hosts second annual farm-to-table dinner

By CARYL VELISEK
Staff Writer

LAYTONSVILLE, Md. (Sept. 30, 2014) — Montgomery County Farm Bureau held its second annual Farm to Table Dinner at Seneca Ayr Farm, near Laytonsville Md., Sept. 20. The dinner is held as an opportunity for the Farm Bureau to help educate non-farming residents about agriculture in the county.
The first dinner, in 2013, was so successful, according to Paula Linthicum, the county Farm Bureau women’s committee chairperson and part of this year’s host farm family, that many of those attending inquired about a dinner in 2014 and wanted to know if Chef James Riccuiti, of Riccuti’s Local Food Restaurant in Olney, Md., was interested in participating again.
The Farm to Table dinners are an opportunity for farmers to showcase their businesses and for local consumers to experience some superb home grown food prepared by a great chef, according Linthicum, with the hope consumers will gain awareness of the tremendous agricultural activities in the county.
One hundred and fifty tickets were sold for this year’s event and just over 200 people attended as Riccuiti again prepared the meal of local food.
Linthicum gave three farm tours, explaining the farm operation, and Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Md., donated a trolley for the evening for transportation around the farm.
Other members of Seneca Ayr Farms talked to attendees about the equipment and explained its use on the farm.
Miss Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Anna Linthicum, Runner-Up, Savannah Cook, and Little Farmer, Liam Reed, greeted folks as they came, and handed them a re-usable Maryland Department of Agriculture Buy Local shopping bag.
On the way to the dining area, information booths and displays lined the roadway.
with handouts and people to answer questions and dispense information and Maryland produced wine, ale and beer was available to taste while waiting and throughout the dinner.
Participants included, Buric Angus Beef of Damascus, Cropp Family Beef Farm of Damascus, Rock Hill Orchard of Mt. Airy, East Rivendell Farm of Damascus, Lewis Orchards of Dickerson, L&M Farm of Damascus, The Farm at Our House in Brookeville, Willow Grove Farm in Olney, Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy, Solomons Island Winery in Lusby, The Spingfield Manor Winery and Distillery in Thurmont, to the Sherwood High School Environmental Horticulture Program, Maryland Grain Producers Association, Mid-Atlantic Common Ground, Montgomery County Food Council, the county’s Rustic Roads Program, and Soil Conservation, and Office of Economic Development Ag Services, and the University of Maryland Extension County Service.
After the farm tours, dinner was served alfresco and farmers were placed strategically at the tables to interact with the non-farm guests and they took the opportunity to talk about their own farm operations and answer many questions about their own farm operations and agriculture in general.
The Linthicum family has farmed in Montgomery County since 1828.
They farm in Boyds and Laytonsville, where they have farmed since 2003.
They currently farm 1,000 acres of corn, wheat, soybeans, hay and straw and raise beef cattle, pigs, sheep and meat goats with three regular employees and some part time help, Paula Linthicum said.