Come enjoy a meal in harmony
Harmony Café to host farm fundraiser to continue inclusive meals
Live music, barbecue and farm-fresh veggies.
Harmony Café, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing meals with a pay-it-forward mission, is hosting their third annual fundraiser for the first time at Hamlet Organic Garden farm in Brookhaven, with the hopes of securing enough money to obtain office space this year.
The event will include live music from The Cosmic Pioneers and Nick Russell and Friends as well as a barbecue with summer salads and vegan dishes, too. Tickets also include two drinks as well as a group meditation at 7 p.m. and oracle card readings.
Executive director and founder Rosemarie Mccarthy said hosting their annual fundraiser at the farm just made sense. “The farm aligns with what we are trying to do — a healthy meal with a healthy feel — it just goes together with Harmony,” she said.
Dinner will also include a variety of veggies incorporated from the farm harvest including in-season items like potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn and zucchini.
“It’s a really great time of the year, [pretty much] everything is in season,” said H.O.G. head farmer Sean Pilger. “We are super-psyched to share this space with Harmony Café. What they are doing is amazing and we want to make what we are doing at the farm accessible to everyone.”
Organizers request attendees bring school supplies to help local students in need. The 501(c)(3) will also be accepting donations and is requesting gift cards to purchase food for the café, which hosts monthly dinners at the local Patchogue VFW Hall, at a pay-what-you-can price for anyone who wants to attend.
“It’s designed so that no matter how much money you have in your pocket you can still have a great meal,” said Mccarthy, stating that of the about 50 that regularly attend, all walks of life are represented. “It brings everybody together, with no stigma. No one knows what anyone is paying.”
The café offers a variety of food, including fresh sandwiches, salads and homemade hot dishes, as well as an incorporation of local restaurant menu items. In addition to a hot, healthy meal, Mccarthy said it gives those who attend a sense of belonging.
About 10 volunteer steadily and three new interns just hopped on board, adding to the ever-growing need for office space. Mccarthy said she hopes to stay centrally located in Patchogue so that a sign can be seen for potential donors to help grow the nonprofit. Once set up, she also hopes to host meetings, speaker sessions and cooking demos. Her ultimate goal is to one day run a storefront café, where those who pay more help offset the costs of those who pay less.
Harmony’s mission: “Our Mission is to increase food security by serving high-quality, nutritious meals based on a donation model in a socially engaging environment.”
Harmony on the Farm
When| Aug. 10, 5-9 p.m.
Where| H.O.G. Farm, 310 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven
Tickets| $35pp, $22 ages 12-20, children under 12 free
For info| 631-372-0227, harmonycafeli.org
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