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Garlic Lovers Unite!: 3rd Annual Crosshatch Garlic Auction

The Third Annual Crosshatch Garlic Auction is just around the corner. This annual event serves two very important purposes: to fundraise for Crosshatch’s sustainable food & farming programming and to celebrate the farmers, food producers, and eaters that make NW Lower Michigan what it is.

Join us October 15 for an evening of good food, good cheer, and good friends. Featuring both a silent auction and live auction, bluegrass music for listening and dancing, and a live judging of garlic grown from area farmers competing for the coveted “Best in Show” award. Attendees will get the chance to taste the judged garlic entries along with the jury.

The top 6 winning garlic lots will be sold off by Bill Collins in a spirited live auction. The garlic will be coupled with other gifts, like an Electra Cruiser Bike, a 2-night stay with meals included at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, two lift tickets for Boyne Mountain Resort or Boyne Highlands, a set of full inoculated shiitake mushroom logs, and more.

Start off the night with some garlic-y appetizers from Frog Hollow Farm, Crooked Tree Breadworks, and The Redheads, while you peruse the silent auction. Then enjoy an autumnal jambalaya dinner featuring locally grown and produced grain from Grand Traverse Culinary Oils & Flours prepared by the chefs at Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen. We’ll even have some garlic-themed desserts, thanks to the creative cooks at Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. A cash bar will also be available.

The Garlic Auction takes place at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall and is sure to be a warm, welcoming event. Come out and celebrate our region’s robust food & farming culture and take home some award-winning garlic while you’re at it. Mark your calendars for October 15 from 5-10pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, or buy a whole table for 8 at a discounted price of $20/ticket. Call Jeannie at 231-622-5252 with any questions.

This event is made possible by generous support from: Cherry Capital Foods, Grain Train Natural Foods Markets, Oryana Community Co-op, SNAP Printing, Applesauce Inn Bed & Breakfast, Edible Grande Traverse, and Taste the Local Difference.  

Mollie Thomas is the Communications and Development Coordinator for Crosshatch Arts and Ecology Center. You can reach her at  


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