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Opportunity House celebrates first garden harvest with community garden dinner

Sep 12, 2018 • by Opportunity House
Opportunity House Community Garden

The garden that grows together, feasts together—and everyone’s invited.

Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 8 pm, Opportunity House pitches a huge tent in the grass adjacent to the community garden, and growers will enjoy and share their garden fare, family-style. The event is free.

“We’re excited about the shelter’s participation in the community garden,” says Kate Alley, Opportunity House’s VP of marketing and development. “We wanted to invite the community to eat with us, to thank the garden’s supporters, and to celebrate what our clients, and the vibrant neighborhood gardeners, have done here this season.”

The menu will include salad; rustic bread, courtesy of Hilary Fraley of the Berks Bakers Collective in Oley, served with butter and olive oil; pasta with sauce made from heirloom tomatoes; side dishes made with veggies grown in the garden; and homemade mini sweet-potato pie tartlets for dessert.

The guest list includes:

• Local musicians Ken and Chris Bagenstose, who will provide music for the event

• The shelter’s clients, who grew their own food for the first time this year

• Neighborhood gardeners who brought the garden’s 56 plots to life with a variety of bounty, from collard greens and cantaloupes to tomatoes and herbs

• Master gardeners from the Berks County Penn State Extension

• The board of directors and friends of Opportunity House

The public is invited to attend, bringing a dish to share is optional. RSVP to [email protected].

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