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New fundraiser brings the table to the farm

Cramer table

350 Crust Rd Howard, Pennsylvania 16841

Cramer Farm

(814) 883-1564

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For five years, Bruce, Diane and Lucy Cramer, who you can find at the Bellefonte Farmers Market in the Gamble Mill parking lot each Saturday morning, have been feeding their pigs with the help of a few friends. Each week, they pick up kitchen scraps from the Community Cafe at St. Andrew’s, where volunteers feed more than 100 people for free each Thursday. In turn, Cramer Farm sends some pork sausage back to the nonprofit, which sells it as a small fundraiser.           

“It’s a mutually beneficial relationship,” says Diane Cramer, “but this year, we wanted to do something bigger.”

Diane approached friends to help with a farm-fresh benefit dinner, including auctioneer Daniel Foster, and asked Maggie Anderson of Provisions, a new local food-focused magazine and events company, to head up logistics. She, in turn, asked Chef Zach Lorber for help with the food.

“The Cramers have graciously offered so much produce for us to work with,” says Chef Lorber, who started his current role as Culinary Arts instructor at the State College Area High School after 17 years as a chef in the area. “It’s literally some of the best ingredients we’ve had to work with, and the students are excited to have such a great event as the end goal.”

Community Table on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, will feature a number of farm-fresh vegetarian, pork and chicken dishes created with ingredients from Cramer Farm and other local sources. Auction items like a handmade quilt, wood carving, limited edition beer from Robin Hood Brewing Co. and more will help the Cramers raise even more money for a cause close to their hearts.

Community Cafe executive director Ron Rovansek often says the best meal in town on Thursdays is at St. Andrew’s, but, “Even more important than the food is the fellowship. Everyone who comes into this room each week is part of something special.”

Tickets are $75 each or $140 for two and are available at Proceeds benefit the Community Cafe at St. Andrew’s.

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