Harvesting Hope Together

On Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Sebastian will hosts the 8th annual Winter Farmer’s Market and Brunch in our church hall.  Download this flyer and share with others!

The event is a collaboration with the non-profit, Wisconsin-based Food, Faith and Farming Network (previously known as the Churches’ Center for Land and People) and the Madison-based Harvest of Hope Fund, which helps small farmers at times of financial crisis.  Both non-profits benefit from the event, and our parish Human Concerns Committee also receives a share of the proceeds to support its efforts.

The uplifting annual Winter Farmers’ Market & Brunch allows our parish to harvest hope in various ways:

  • We join farmers in their dedication toward sustainability when we purchase their products.
  • We build relationships with and support local, small businesses committed to our community and earth friendly practices.
  • We affirm the vendors’ and farmers’ commitment to health and wellness of both body and planet when we place value on their labor and craft.
  • We support and fundraise for the Harvest of Hope fund; a Madison based farm crisis fund. Over the past 30 years it has distributed over one million dollars to small family farms in Wisconsin that face financial crisis. Each farmer/vendor at our market agrees to donate 10% of sales to this fund.
  • We strengthen our faith community as we come together to welcome and feed nearly 500 people in our church hall.

When our community joins, builds, affirms, supports and strengthens we are Harvesting Hope Together.  Proceeds from the meal benefit the Food, Faith and Farming Network and the St. Sebastian Human Concerns Committee.

If you’re hungry that morning you can partake in a homemade brunch featuring an egg and potato strata, silver dollar pancakes with real maple syrup, apple sauce, oatmeal crème brûlée and more.  Everything is made fresh using local and natural ingredients with most purchased from the farmers attending the market that day. Click here to check out this year’s list of vendors.

The market is free, and discounted tickets for the meal will be available for sale at St. Sebastian after mass on February 26 and (if we don’t sell out!) at the door the day of the market.  Advance meal ticket prices are $8 (age 13 to adult), $5 (age 5-12) or a maximum of $25/family.  At the door meal tickets are $10, $6 and $30/family respectively.  Kids 4 and under are free.

If you want to purchase tickets but can’t make it to mass, contact Lena Stephenson at 414-403-7131.

If you want to volunteer to help with the event, download a list of volunteer assignments, then register at the Volunteer Portal or contact Tonia Schmear at 262-754-2766.