Diners enjoy a healthy, locally-grown meal in the pavilion at the Linwood Library last Saturday during the Farm-to-Fork fundraiser for Linwood Daycare. All the produce in the meal was grown in the Linwood Community Garden.

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

The air was crisp, and the temperature was just right at the Linwood Library Saturday as folks gathered for the fourth annual Farm-to-Fork fund-raiser for Linwood Daycare.

As guests visited under the pavilion, the senses were tickled by the sight of Tolly Peuleche’s wildflower arrangements, the smell of pork tenderloin on the grill under the watchful eye of A.J. Sharp, and the sounds of Snowshoe native Shawn Owen mixing original tunes with some 90s hits.

The meal included an array of dishes made with vegetables from the Linwood Community Garden, located on land graciously leased to the Linwood Alive! non-profit by Harvey Galford.

An arrangement of vibrant wildlfowers grown by Tolly Peuleche. S. Stewart photos

“Once we got the community garden going, we kind of decided – we’ve got all this produce, we need to do a healthy fundraiser – so that’s how it started,” organizer Terry White said.

Community members came together to lend a hand in cooking the incredible meal, as well as donating items for a silent auction.

After the meal, the party – and fundraising – continued at the Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bar where Owen was joined on stage by Jason Hall and Shane Meade and the Sound to entertain the crowd into the night. 

“We’ll take your money all night long,” White said, laughing.

The next Linwood Alive! activity will be Linwood’s Got Talent, Thursday, October 4, at the Fiddlehead. People of all ages are welcome to show off their talents and compete for the chance to win first, second or third place in the adult and children’s categories.