In late summer, Cleveland Roots invited community members to our first Farm to Table Fest—held at our Clark-Fulton neighborhood Headquarters.

With live music provided by local musician Chris Dines, this event was a laid-back and fun way to meet people in our neighborhood and show them what we’ve been up to. Aside from the acoustic tunes, the food was the star — showcasing the bounty of our late summer harvest. We featured homemade ratatouille, a mediterranean-style vegetable stew, with eggplant, bell peppers, and fresh herbs from the garden. We also had pizza with homemade sauce, showing how freshly picked Roma tomatoes can make a pizza truly special. We grilled eggplant, beets, and summer squash (because what’s a summer picnic without some grilling?); and with so many jalapeños growing in the raised beds, fresh salsa was a must.

Children and adults alike painted terra cotta pots and planted fresh thyme and parsley. They were able to take home this craft to keep by a sunny window, to have fresh herbs as the weather gets cooler. Towards the end of the event we raffled off Indians tickets and a jar of honey from our Richfield hives, as an extra thank you to everyone who came. A late summer sunny day, good tunes, fresh food, and friendly people: we couldn’t have asked for a better time!