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Lynchburg Grows’ Salad Days event is expanding in its second year.

The fundraiser, which features a giant salad bar set up inside one of the farm’s nine greenhouses, will this year feature live music by up-and-coming Nashville singer-songwriter Becca Mancari and a silent auction.

“Last year, we had the salad bar and we had the guys from Speakertree come and play records,” says local chef Stephanie Fees, a Lynchburg Grows board member and the head of its events committee. “It was a lovely event.”

The concept behind it, she says, was to find a more affordable companion to their annual Greenhouse Dinner.

“It’s a fundraiser, of course, but price-wise the Greenhouse Dinner is $100 a ticket. It’s very limited. I think we have 75 people, and that’s about the most we can have. It’s a very elegant, coursed dinner with wine pairings.”

Salad Days, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and costs $35, will have a more laidback vibe. Fees says they’ll probably set up an old flatbed trailer for the stage, and guests can essentially have a picnic on the grounds once they make their salads. Pictures from last year’s event feature attendees spread out on the lawn, some sitting on blankets and other at tables set up around the greenhouses.


“As you’re getting your salad, you can see, literally, where things are growing.”

The salad bar itself is mostly sourced from the farm.

“The veggies are as much from Lynchburg Grows as we can get,” Fees says. “Some other farmers are donating stuff [and there are] odds and ends donated by different restaurants. Fried capers from the chef at Waterstone, croutons from Montana Plains Bakery. … We’re trying to spotlight the area chefs, as well as the farms.”

Fees, owner of Scratch Pasta Co., also will make several different pasta salads for the event.

Attendees can pick their own roses from another greenhouse on site and peruse items in the silent auction, which will feature original art, pottery and more, including a tomato charm donated by Bowen Jewelry Company, she says.

“Artists and artisans have donated a lot of amazing art, so that will be kind of scattered throughout the greenhouse that has all the heirloom roses in it,” she says. “It’s going to be a really beautiful setting.”

Dinner is served inside the first greenhouse, Fees says, where most of the farm’s vegetables are grown.

“As you’re getting your salad, you can see, literally, where things are growing.”, latest News Around the world presents the latest information of national, regional, and international, politics, economics, sports, automotive, and lifestyle.

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