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From Farm to Table to Tummy

by Paul Saulnier
August 21, 2017

(photo courtesy of Cherry Fenton)

Freshly picked and washed organically grown fruits and veggies for organically grown Hollistonians and friends.

Christ the King Lutheran Church on Central Street was host to over 100 hungry supporters of local farms.

The kitchen volunteers were led by local chef Jamie Miller, below, of Holliston whose full time job is chef at Wellesley College. Assisting Miller was another Holliston Chef Mike Almeida.

Happy hour started at 7:00 PM

Selectman Kevin Conley, above right, looks dismayed that he only has two hands while Selectman Mark Ahronian hopes he has enough money in his pockets to get him through the event.

Sitting next to the bar has its advantages and disadvantages as this fellow found out when some of my cold white wine spilled on his back.

Hosts of the event were Shelly and PJ Kilkelly

It was hard to take a picture of table without Mark Ahronian.

Watch HCAT for video of all the fun and food.

A pride of Lions feasting at the events were, left to right, Ged Gove, president, Roger Rogers, longest living member, Debbie Kerrigan, Treasurer, Kevin Conley and Chris Gaboriault. Now you know what lions eat.

Was there a cardboard cutout of Mark that was moved from table to table?

Soul Sistah Mel provided the tunes for the night (508 801-6726,

Amine Benali thanked all the sponsors (Holliston In Bloom, the Garden Club and the Historical Society) and the individuals (too many to mention) who helped make this event such a success.

PJ then received a series of proclamations as this year's Holliston in Bloom Community Champion, starting with one from the Board of Selectmen, read by Mark Ahronian.

Barbara Gardner read a proclamation from the House of Representatives for Representative Carolyn Dykema. Bobby Blair read one from the Senate for Senator Karen Spilka.

PJ's brother in-law, Barry Lynch, above, himself a native of Galway, Ireland, told of PJ's upbringing in Ireland, how he was taught to respect the land and how he has carried that respect to his farming today in Holliston. Lynch and his wife Madge (PJ's sister) traveled up from Stroudsburg Pa. for the event unbeknown to Kilkelly.

PJ was pushed onto the stage to say a few works. "I don't know what to say. Thanks"

Eventually he and chef Jamie Miller thanked all the volunteers and guests for making the Farm to Table a success. Proceeds from the event help the Friends of the Farm make improvements at the 32 acre Rogers Road property.


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Comments (2)

The food was so very good...such fun. Thanks to Amine, PJ, and the "Farm Team." I see great things in your future (and therefore ours)! Hoorah!!

- Mary Greendale | 8/21/17 9:53 AM

The food was superb and the display was absolutely beautiful. As a wanna-be vegetarian it was where I belonged I did sneak the sausages I am so glad I did.

- jean morrissey | 8/21/17 8:13 AM



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