Farm to host an­nual Burg­ers and Brews for the Bay Oct. 21

Mil­i­tary and civil­ian com­mu­nity alike wel­come at CBF event

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By BOBBY JONES Staff pho­to­jour­nal­ist

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion is spon­sor­ing its fourth an­nual Burg­ers and Brews for the Bay event on the his­toric 285acre work­ing Claggett Farm in Up­per Marl­boro on Sun­day, Oct. 21, from noon to 4 p.m.

The rain or shine event is jointly pro­moted by Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture, a 250-mem­ber pro­gram that wel­comes civil­ian and armed forces mem­bers alike to en­joy a fun-filled fam­ily day.

Michael Keller, Clagett Farm man­ager, said he is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing ser­vice mem­bers to come out and have a good time at this week­end event.

Re­it­er­at­ing last year’s in­vi­ta­tion he stated, “We ap­pre­ci­ate your ser­vice and would be hon­ored for you to bring your fam­ily out and have a good time.”

Echo­ing his sen­ti­ments, Karen Frost­but­ter, Mary­land of­fice and op­er­a­tions man­ager, said, “If you want to feel good about your­self, this is the event to come to.” This year ticket prices were low­ered by $10, bring­ing ad­vanced tick­ets sales to $40 and $50 at the door for all the food and beer you can eat and drink, fea­tur­ing 100 per­cent farm-to-table, restau­rant-qual­ity food pre­pared by lo­cal chefs and premium paired draft craft beers, she added.

The whole­some fam­ily-friendly event brought more than 200 health con­scious and com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists to sup­port the wor­thy cause of sav­ing the bay through sus­tain­able farm prac­tices.

“Ev­ery­one I’ve ever talked to ex­pressed it was more than any­one could pos­si­bly eat or drink in one af­ter­noon. I think the non­profit and mil­i­tary world should con­nect more, be­cause both are like-minded peo­ple will­ing to sup­port the com­mu­nity and en- vi­ron­ment,” Frost­but­ter said, wel­com­ing ser­vice mem­bers to come out to the fam­ily-ori­ented event.

Com­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity’s needs and the bay, she said, “Agri­cul­ture is the No. 1 source of pol­lu­tion to the bay. What we did at Claggett is take an old to­bacco farm and we did it the right way, from top to bot­tom. We’re the only ag-cer­ti­fied farm in Mary­land, which means the Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture gave us an agree­ment with all the boxes checked, not­ing that we’re work­ing this farm ex­actly how it should be done, pro­mot­ing good soil health and cat­tle graz­ing. Not only are we do­ing it, we’re teach­ing other peo­ple how to do it cor­rectly

Chef Mike Louise and his wife, Mon­ica, cre­ate a Mez­zan­ote Red An­gus Burger slider for pa­trons.

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