Almost 100 friends of Holcomb Farm filled the gorgeous new Gallery at Metro Bis in November to relish expertly-prepared food, bid on donated items, and enjoy the community spirit of so many who make it possible for the Friends of Holcomb Farm’s Fresh Access program to continue to provide fresh, local produce to those otherwise without access. While some may assume November isn’t the best time to eat fresh from the garden, that’s not the case when Farmer Joe O’Grady, his crew, and Metro Bis Executive Chef Chris Prosperi join forces: Moroccan carrots; lettuce, radicchio, and roasted turnips salad; brussel sprouts with Jerusalem artichokes; Red Dragon Napa cabbage slaw; sausage with sauerkraut; the best mashed potatoes ever; and warm bread pudding for dessert. Before and throughout dinner, guests bid on more than 40 items donated by local artists, businesses, and friends. New this year were some beautiful hand knit items donated by Granby Senior Center participants – some of the many individuals who benefit from the Fresh Access bounty.
Chef Prosperi provides this dinner at cost, meaning more than 50 percent of the ticket price goes directly to providing fresh produce to those in need through our Fresh Access program. We thank Chris for his longtime, loyal, and generous support of Holcomb Farm.
At this year’s dinner, we paused to recognize and give thanks for the many contributions of Board member Gordon Bischoff, who passed away this past summer. Gordie was particularly instrumental in energizing the Friends’ grant writing efforts, to great success. We miss him.