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Sunup Ranch to bring community together for harvest dinner Aug. 21

The dinner is a celebration of the local harvest and a reminder we all have a responsibility to manage the land in order to protect the water we need.

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Harvest dinner attendees can enjoy wagon rides at Sunup Ranch. Submitted

The 11th annual Harvest Dinner celebration will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, hosted at Sunup Ranch, 12316 County Road 18 SW, Brainerd.

The harvest dinner is a time to reconnect with friends, listen to music and share a meal, but it’s also a time to reflect on where food comes from, the hands and lands that grow it, and just how fortunate we are to live in an area that continues to support family farms.

The purpose of the harvest dinner is to bring the community together. The original idea was to invite lakeshore owners and farmers to build relationships. The dinner is a celebration of the local harvest and a reminder that everyone has a responsibility to manage the land to protect the water everyone needs.

Greg Booth and Vickie Kettlewell own and operate the ranch started by Kettlewell’s parents in 1950. Sunup Ranch is an Angus cow/calf operation and an American Quarter Horse Association Legacy Breeder and Ranching Heritage Breeder.

The event will feature a farmers market, live demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides and live music with Broken Spoke, along with activities for all ages.

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The plated dinner will be served chuckwagon style and will include Lance Nacio’s shrimp boil, rancher/Farm Bureau member Mike Sams preparing prime rib; catering by Kim Gibbs from KC's Saloon in Pillager; and local produce from Grampa G's garden in Pillager.

The event will also include a wine tasting sponsored by Cash Wise Liquors.

For information or to order tickets, contact Greg Booth at 218-838-1266; Ron Meyer, Pine River Watershed, at 218-831-0509; or Cass County Farm Bureau at 218-587-4604. Go to the Facebook page “Harvest Dinner” for the latest news or for tickets.

Cost is $35 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under.

This event is sponsored by Cass County Farm Bureau, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, Pine River Watershed Alliance, Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association, Happy Dancing Turtle, Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, Minnesota Beef Council, Cash Wise Liquor, Farm Bureau Foundation, Rocking K Ranch, Y4 Ranch and Sunup Ranch.

In addition to the dinner, people can support local growers at area farmers markets or find their products at food cooperatives: Ideal Green Market (near Ideal Town Hall) or Crow Wing Food Co-Op (downtown Brainerd). People can also purchase products directly from sustainable farmers in the “Up the Creek Meats” program.

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