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Twilight in the Meadow, a successful celebration

Dear Editor,

On Sept. 9, the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) held its fourth annual Twilight in the Meadow celebration at Wood's Market Garden in Brandon. The evening, RAFFL's largest fundraising event, was attended by nearly two hundred supporters who enjoyed live and silent auctions, entertainment, and a dinner from Village Roots Catering featuring a bounty of food from our local farms.

RAFFL's board of directors and staff would like to thank all who attended, in addition to the dozens of community members who helped make this event a resounding success. Thank you to our host farmers, Jon and Courtney Satz, who provided us with such a spectacular site. Thank you to the long list of sponsors who underwrote the costs, the local farmers who grew our dinner, chef Kathryn Vanderminden for preparing the delicious meal, auctioneer Rick Rudd, comedian Rusty DeWees, Cold River Band, and the numerous local businesses who provided their support and generous donations. The work of more than forty dedicated volunteers helped make this night possible as well and we could not thank them enough, either.

Most importantly, thank you to Marsha Hemm and her host committee for planning and organizing this wonderful evening. We truly appreciate everyone's help in supporting our mission of strengthening Rutland's farm economy and broadening access to healthy, local foods.

Bob Baird, president, RAFFL Board of Directors, N Chittenden, Vt.