We used to think Al Fresco was a Vegas lounge singer.
Turns out it’s alfresco, which is Italian for “a great time with great people, great food and great music, for a great cause.”
- The teaching farm has expanded dramatically.
- More than 90 percent of it was planted by schoolchildren.
- Fifty classes from the Morris School District paid visits during the spring.
- More than 1,000 pounds of produce was donated to area soup kitchens and food banks.
- And the Early Street Community Garden, another GiG project, was spared from development thanks to a partnership with the town.
The celebration will include appetizers made with Urban Farm produce, plus pizza from Millie’s Old World Pizza, desserts from the Artist Baker and Strawberry Fields, and coffee and tea from SmartWorld.
There will be a deejay, too, and live music by Catbird, along with a silent auction and face painting for kids. For the first time, in fact, this event is designed for the whole family. The price has been cut in half to $40 for adults and $20 for kids; children 4 and under eat for free.
“We’re hoping this is our most successful one to date,” said Maureen Denman of Grow It Green. “It’s the first time we are including the children, since they are the draw” for the Urban Farm.
Maureen added that the nonprofit is eager to showcase the Kings Supermarket garden, the source of food for the soup kitchens.
Alfresco at the Farm will proceed, rain or shine.
“Come one, come all,” Maureen said.
We’re pretty sure that even goes for lounge singers.