Enter to win a freezer packed with local foods

Herald Staff Report

Pick it up and plug it in.

That’s all that you’ll have to do if you’re one of two lucky winners who win a recycled freezer chock-full of local foods.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the “Celebration of Local Abundance,” to be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.

Organizer Linda Ilsley, owner of Linda’s Local Food Café, is hosting the event as a way to say “thank you” to anyone who eats, grows or promotes locally grown food.

Proceeds will help to offset the cost of a commercial freezer that is available for use by local farmers in the event of a crop emergency.

When hail destroyed Adobe House Farm’s tomato crop this summer, it was Ilsley who mobilized 75 volunteers to pick, sort and process – within 48 hours – hundreds of pounds of tomatoes.

Tickets to win a full-size freezer will be available for $20 each at the door to tonight’s event. Fort Lewis College students can enter to win a dorm-size freezer for $8. Appetizers, music by Carute Roma and a cash bar will all be part of the fun.

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