By Cynthia Hendry
To a farmer, there is nothing more joyful than a summer rain. Today though, there is a similar joy observing the community supporting the Dig-It Farms farmers, Kip and Michelle Foster and their boys Dakota and Nolyn, as they start their lives over after their Grandview area home was destroyed by fire Monday, July 9.
Within two days of the July 9 blaze, their fellow farmers, local musical artist Bill Pound, the owners and staff at 61 Main, the farm to table restaurant, as well as a group of friends of the Fosters had a plan together for a fundraiser event to represent the kick-off to a new era in the lives of this hard-working-family.
“We want to give them something fun to immediately look forward to” says Jamie Rosenthal, owner of Wolf Scratch Farms.
That event will be a BBQ by Jamie and other farmers and friends at Wolf Scratch Farms on Sunday, July 22, beginning at 4 p.m. It is being called a Farmer’s Feast for the Fosters. This tragedy occurred at the peak of the summer produce season and combining with the BBQ, Chef Jenna at 61 Main will be taking the farmers’ surpluses of produce and making delectable side dishes for the affair. “My coolers are full” says Chef Jenna. “I don’t know exactly what we will make yet, but it will be good,” she adds.
Anyone familiar with the creativity of Chef Jenna and her staff looks forward to any meal she puts together.
Bill Pound and friends (who are calling themselves the Dig-It Boys for this event) will be entertaining the expected crowd of over 200 well-wishers. Friends and other vendors from both Big Canoe’s Village Festival Market and the Jasper Market are sending gift items to be given to the Fosters or auctioned off at the event.
An exciting item to be auctioned at the event is a special mile-high-cake from Madeline’s Restaurant in Jasper. One friend has already said he will bid it for the Foster’s son Dakota, who is recovering from a recent ruptured appendix that caused him to lose over 20 pounds.
If you would like to help, they need tents, tables, folding chairs, tablecloths, volunteers to shuttle guests from parking to the farm and help for clean-up. Also contact Cynthia by e-mail if you can assist with any of these needs.
Wolf Scratch Farms is located on Long Swamp Church Road (at the four-way stop on Cove Road). Go 7/10ths of a mile on Long swamp Church Road and take a right onto Pendley Road and immediately a left into parking near the equestrian barn. The farm is down the paved drive adjacent. There will be directional signage for the event.
Please pass the word to any of the Foster’s friends and fans. Anyone wishing simply to make a contribution to this deserving family should telephone Michelle’s parents, Jack and Patti Toney, at 706-579-2318. They live on Teaberry Lane in Big Canoe.