Lycoming College's second Local Foods Dinner, featuring farm-fresh food procured and prepared by the college's dining services provider, Parkhurst Dining, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Wertz Student Center dining hall. The event is to help support and sustain local agriculture, artisans and producers of food.
Participating and supporting local food dinners is an extension of FarmSource, a Parkhurst sustainable buy local program.
Through FarmSource, Parkhurst and its parent organization, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, purchase $23.6 million in food and beverages from more than 250 of the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers of food within a 150-mile radius of its dining services locations.
Parkhurst dining team members also tour many of these farms to help plant and harvest crops in their efforts to personally know their food sources. This past summer, team members from Lycoming toured Susquehanna Mills of Montoursville a provider of natural cooking oils pressed from locally grown crops. Susquehanna presses an assorted variety of oil crops such as canola, sunflower and soybean, to name a few. Parkhurst purchases their GMO Free canola oil as the primary ingredient in making their house-made salad dressings. In addition to supporting FarmSource, Susquehanna Mills compliments "Know your Source," a Parkhurst program that dives into the growing, labor and sustainable practices of the farms and producers of food that Parkhurst utilizes at Lycoming. Going to the source of the supply is good way for Parkhurst team members to tell the story behind the product.
The campus community will enjoy a farm-fresh, delicious meal prepared by Executive Chef Frank Hummel and the dining team featuring many of the local farms and producers they partner with including:
- Dries Orchard, local apples and pears, Sunbury.
- Georgie Bagels, Williamsport.
- Schneider Valley Farms, local dairy and ice cream, Williamsport.
- Pocono Produce, local vegetables, Northeastern.
- Susquehanna Mills, local grower and producer of oils, Montoursville.
- Clemens Food Group, Hatfield Farms, pork, Hatfield.
- Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim.
The evening's menu includes herb-roasted pork-loin with an apple chutney, mashed potatoes, gravy, roasted fall vegetables, pizza bagels with assorted toppings, a mac n' cheese bar, and made-to-order candied apples with caramel sauce and assorted toppings.