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Fest of feast



One year ago, April Harrington and Matt Burch — owners of Earth Elements Farm and Urban Agrarian, respectively — joined forces to create Earth to Urban Local Food Hub. Both had been active in the local food renaissance for several years when they decided to pair up to help revitalize the Farmers Market district.

Harrington said they wanted to foster growth among a community of businesses related to Oklahoma food and products, and to promote an Oklahoma farm food product line.

Now, Earth to Urban and the Oklahoma Food Cooperative are sponsoring Sunday’s inaugural Fall Fest, free and open to the public. The outdoor festival is for all ages, and will be held at Farmers Public Market.

“There will be activities for all ages,” said Jody McAnally, owner of Farmers Public Market. “We’ll have 10 different demonstrations, including composting, cooking and basket weaving. One whole area will be set aside for games and activities.”

The festival will feature live music from nine Oklahoma artists, 45 booths with Oklahoma products and
services, and a chili dinner to raise funds for the Oklahoma Farm and
Food Alliance.

Harrington said the Geary-based Base Vines & Cattle winery also will be present, and she hopes to book more state wineries before the event.

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative recently moved to a new location within the district, which Harrington said is an encouraging sign.

“We’re doing the festival to show people that the area is being revitalized, that we’re building community, and that Oklahoma businesses are working together to promote local business.”

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