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Early next month, 200 people will have dinner in the middle of Beaver Street, outside of Central Market in downtown York. They will be served food freshly harvested from local farms—the menu, said Downtown Inc.'s director of marketing Meagan Feeser, will be "at the mercy of Mother Nature."

The tentative menu for the event, called the Farm to City Street Dinner, includes tempura-fried trout with apple-and-pear slaw, chilled corn soup with tomato jalapeno jam and apple bread pudding with salted caramel, along with other mouth-watering items.

Sean Arnold, a chef with the Healthy World Cafe and Underground West, a catering business that treats guests to sustainably sourced gourmet food at secret dinners, will be catering the event for the third year in a row. There will be live acoustic music and the price of a ticket buys each diner two free drinks—locally made beer, wine and cider will be served.

The event is a fundraiser for York County's branch of Buy Fresh Buy Local, an organization whose mission, according to its website, is to connect people with locally produced food and farm products.

Tickets for the dinner, which will happen on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2:30p.m., are going fast: only 63 were left as of Saturday afternoon.

Dru Peters, Chair of York's chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local and owner of Sunnyside Farm in Newberrytown, believes that connecting people with local food growers and producers is an important mission.

"Being a grower of this kind is an entrepreneurial endeavor," she said on Wednesday. "When you have a community that supports entrepreneurs, you have a stronger community."

Raised funds: Every year the all-volunteer organization produces a food guide, a booklet featuring growers and producers in the area and the businesses that support them—"places you may or may not be familiar with," Peters said.

"We include Rutter's because they make a lot of milk and they sell a lot of milk in their stores," she said.

Buy Fresh Buy Local's partners include the Healthy World Cafe, the Accomac Inn, Blind Spot Nutbutters and the Goldfinch Farm, among many others.

Money raised through the Farm to City Street Dinner will go toward the aggregation of information for the booklet and its printing. The booklet is available for free to the public, and it has been distributed through WellSpan. "Dieticians will take it out to their various clients," Peters said.

Peters is looking forward to the dinner. "It's such a fun event," she said. "It's really a celebration of the fall harvest, before the winter sets in."

Tickets for the event are $75 and can be purchased at farmtocityyork.com.

—Reach Julia Scheib at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com.

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