Monday, May 24, 2010

3rd Annual MA Farmers Markets Strawberry Dessert Festival

Mass Farmers Markets is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Strawberry Dessert Festival – happening Friday, June 11–Sunday, July 4. Restaurants, cafes, and bakeries across the Bay State will donate a percentage of proceeds from desserts highlighting the flavor of ripe local berries to benefit the Federation of Mass Farmers Markets (MFM), the non-profit dedicated to supporting and promoting farmers markets. Diners “out & about” between June 11th and July 4th will be able to enjoy specially prepared strawberry desserts at participating eateries and know that they are helping a worthy cause at the same time.

Now in its third year, The Mass Farmers Markets Strawberry Dessert Festival was created in 2008 to highlight local strawberry season while raising much-needed funds for Mass Farmers Markets’ mission as the only state-wide non-profit organization working to sustain and strengthen our farmers market system. Last year’s event met with overwhelming success and helped raise the funds needed to keep farmers markets thriving in Massachusetts!

This year, the event has grown to include over thirty of the most beloved Massachusetts restaurants and eateries. Chefs and bakers at each establishment will use fresh locally grown berries to create strawberry dessert masterpieces not be missed.

As of today, participating eateries include: 51 Lincoln, Beacon Hill Bistro, The Beehive, Bistro 5, Bistro Les Gras, Burtons Grill, EVOO, The Fireplace, Flora, Harvest, Henrietta’s Table, Highland Kitchen, Lineage, Oleana, Pizzeria Posto, Post 309, Smolak Farms Bakery, Sofra Bakery and Café, The Summer Shack, Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro, Tatte Fine Cookies and Cakes, Tomasso Trattoria, Watch City Brewing Company, Woodstar Cafe and several Whole Foods stores. The list of participants is growing daily, and Mass Farmers Markets welcomes inquiries from potential participants across Massachusetts.

So plan to get out of your kitchen and into the taste of summer between June 11th and July 4th. Head out to enjoy strawberry season at a participating Strawberry Dessert Festival restaurant. You'll be helping support local farmers when you do!

Our Strawberry Dessert Festival is a great opportunity to support local farmers and farmers markets while enjoying the incredible taste of New England strawberries,” said Hannah Thomas Freedberg, Development and Outreach Director for Mass Farmers Markets (MFM). “I personally have a great time getting out to sample the wide variety of strawberry desserts our partner restaurants feature, and it feels good to know that I am doing good for hardworking local farmers at the same time!

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