Sixty-two years ago, the national Farm City Council was formed to help bridge the gap between the business and agricultural communities. Their goal was to demonstrate the interdependence of a vibrant network of farmers and business owners that help support the economy and provide the essentials that every citizen needs.
Here in Collier County, our Farm City BBQ has similar roots.
The old timers remember when our farmers had a bad year of crops and local business leaders reached out, inviting them for a BBQ and sharing the produce that was available so their families wouldn’t go hungry on Thanksgiving Day.
The following year, the farming community wanted to reciprocate the hospitality, so they invited the business leaders for a BBQ in the “country.”
This year is no different. Hurricane Irma hit us on September 10th, leaving many homes and businesses sorting through the debris. The full extent of the damage of this storm hasn’t been calculated, but driving down the streets of Collier County, you can see it has taken a hard toll on all those impacted.
We are proud to say that each of our partners, committee members, and sponsors has stepped up in one way or another to help lift our neighbors in need. While Hurricane Irma may have uprooted many trees, it hasn’t broken our community or our spirit.
Together, we remain #CollierStrong!
“ I’ve been enjoying Farm City BBQ for the past few years now, but this year’s event is bringing something deeper to the table,”said Frank Perrucci, president of Marine Industries Association of Collier County. “We are most proud to support our local community after Hurricane Irma, coming together as a united front. We look forward to a day full of great food and friendship.”
In recent years, the BBQ has grown to attract over 2,400 guests and donated more than $300,000 back into our community through the Collier County 4H Association, Youth Leadership Collier, Collier County Junior Deputy League, as well as the Collier chapters of Key Club International.
Funds have helped support the progress of these organizations in providing hands-on classroom education from elementary through high school students. When you go, look like a regular by wearing your blue jeans and your best cowboy hat. Bring a friend and a few extra dollars to purchase your veggie bag of produce, fresh from local farms and participate in the raffle of prizes donated from area businesses including a grand prize – the Big Green Egg Grill!
Date: Wednesday, November 22nd
Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Cambier Park
Cost: Tickets are $20.00 and include SHULA CUT® Steaks provided by Shula’s Naples, Corn on the Cob and Immokalee Salad from Lipman Produce, and Baked Beans from Russell’s Clambakes.
The Farm City BBQ is pleased to welcome Maggie Baugh to the stage!
Tickets are available on www.FarmCityBBQ.com