Celebrating autumn, the Harvest Palooza way

By David F. Rooney

Community Gardeners and other like-minded Revelstoke residents gathered at the United Church on Saturday for their second annual Harvest Palooza, celebrating the end of the growing season.

Most, if not all, of the crops in the garden have already been gathered but some hardy vegetables still remain. But it’s been a pretty good season for growing vegetables. Besides their personal bounty, the gardeners donated 200 lbs of vegetables to the Food Bank. That was certainly deemed something worth celebrating, so they did with music by Doris Falken and Dennis Severino and a pot luck spread that included moose lasagne, bean salad, and fantastic desserts.

Here are a few photos from the event:

The United Church hummed with energy an Saturday as agrarian-minded members of the North Columbia Environmental Society gathered for their second annual Harvest Palooza to celebrate another year of success for the Community Garden. David F. Rooney photo
Councillor Chris Johnston, who actually won second place in the largest vegetable category for his monsterous sunflowers, chats with Patti Larson and Janette Vickers. They said the 2011 Gleaning Project run by Bear Aware and Community Connections Food Bank volunteers received 920 lbs. of fresh produce from local residents. Volunteers spent 84 hours on the project. In addition, NCES President Hailey Ross said the Community Garden produced 200 lbs of vegetables for the Food Bank. David F. Rooney photo
The Modern's Josee Zimanyi (left) and Olivier Dutil and Craig Lang of La Baguette were tasked with tyhe delicate job of judging food and desserts. Megan Anderson, Greg Hill, Jill McLachlan, Toni Johnston and Pat Wells were the winners. David F. Rooney photo
Alice Weber announces winners while the judges talk amongst themselves. David F. Rooney photo