An occasional breeze sent orange and brown leaves rustling passed small hay bales and pumpkins on Sunday.

Nearby people carried on post-dinner conversations as they sat around a few long tables in the open air.

The setting very well could have been at any of the number of farms in York County but it was instead in the middle of North Beaver Street, just outside of Central Market, in the heart of York City.

The site played host to the first ever Farm to City Dinner that benefited the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, York County Buy Fresh, Buy Local and Healthy World Café in York City.

One hundred tickets were sold for the sit down, farm fresh meal, said Nedette Otterbein, executive director of the Horn Farm.

People are seated and ready to eat at the Farm-to-City fundraiser event Sunday. SLIDE SHOW
People are seated and ready to eat at the Farm-to-City fundraiser event Sunday. SLIDE SHOW (Randy Flaum)

"A few people told me...'How about we do this again next week," she said.

Farm fresh: The event not only brought together people from across York County, it also brought food grown on farms all over the county to one spot.

"Each farm donated one ingredient," said Kim Gross, a volunteer with the Horn Farm and York County Buy Fresh, Buy Local. She added some farmers contributed more than one piece of the puzzle that created the meal.

Volunteers with Healthy World Café prepared the meal in YorKitchen in the annex of the market. Gross said food preparation work got under way about three days ago.

The volunteers also served the meal that included slow roasted pork, roasted vegetables and a chocolate bread pudding infused with moonshine from Old Republic Distillery in Seven Valleys.

Part of the aim of the dinner was to make people aware of the various farms in the county and what foods are grown there.

Gross pointed out that food served at the dinner can be bought at some of the farmers markets in the county, or at roadside stands.

"I think it speaks to what's happening in the nation. People are trying to buy a little more locally," Otterbein said.

With the dinner appearing to be a success, Gross and Otterbein said the event will happen again next year.

No room: As one of the volunteers began to clear one of the tables, she asked if anyone else wanted any more bread pudding or ice cream sandwiches made with oatmeal cookies.

"I wish I had room," Kandace Huggins of Hellam Township, told the volunteer. "It's all very good."

Huggins, who volunteers at Horn Farm and attended the dinner with her husband and son, said she was impressed with the event.

She also learned of some of the shops in market district that she hadn't known about.

But the dinner and the attendees also became part of the showcase as they sat around the tables. Curious passers-by gazed curiously on.

"It gets a lot more attention when it's in the middle of the street," said Matt Huggins, Kandace Huggins' son.