Conscious Party: Farms, food and fun

WHAT: Franny’s Farm Fest

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, noon

WHERE: 38 Came Sharp Road, Leicester

WHY: Stopping food waste, easing hunger in our communities and protecting our natural resources — these are the goals that the 3rd Annual Franny’s Farm Fest aims to benefit this weekend by supporting the missions of Food Connection and WildSouth. “We chose this focus because we were looking to join forces with others in the area doing good. And because farms thrive on local visits, we wanted to do something local. That’s why we joined forces with Food Connection and WildSouth,” says volunteer Buzz Durham. “Being on a local farm excites the country boy in me.”

Music begins at 11 a.m., and will feature a variety of local acts, including Firekid, Red Honey, Leigh Glass, Lo Trio, Nosedive, Bill Evans, The Bread & Butter Band and The Buchanan Boys. While enjoying the tunes, guests can peruse an array of outdoor recreational outfitters — Eagle Nest Outfitters, Zen Tubing, Second Gear, Hunter Banks, Asheville Outdoor Center and others — in addition to other local vendors who are donating a portion of their proceeds to the benefit. Local food truck Farm to Fender will also be on hand providing local eats, including breakfast on Sunday morning for overnight campers.

Day passes to the family friendly festival are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Camping costs $10 per camper, and camping is encouraged. All proceeds from ticket prices will help Food Connection donate surplus food to local charitable organizations for distribution, and help WildSouth preserve land for public use.

For more information, contact the farm at 216-2836 or visit frannysfarm.com. — Michael McDonald

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