News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 16, 2012
Deer Isle Hostel to host Farm Feast to benefit future workshop program

The Deer Isle Hostel

The Deer Isle Hostel, now in its fourth year, will host a public Farm Feast dinner on Saturday, August 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle Hostel

by Lyra Fuchs

The Deer Isle Hostel, now in its fourth year, will host a public Farm Feast dinner on Saturday, August 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Supplied by local food producers, the meal will be fresh and homemade, keeping with the hostel’s values.

Contributors include Four Seasons of Brooksville, Quill’s End Farm of Penobscot, Spruce Hill Farm of Stonington, Tinder Hearth Bakery of Brooksville and Cheryl Wixon Kitchen, along with others still to be announced. The hostel invites the public to chat with the farmers and enjoy the food they bring. Donations are welcome.

Proceeds from this benefit will go to start a workshop curriculum held at the hostel called the Deer Isle Hostel and Homestead Education Program.

“There is so much to do here that we could turn into a workshop,” said hostel co-owner Anneli Carter-Sundqvist. The upcoming month boasts a roster of workshops, teaching many different lessons such as fermentation, gardening, hard-cider making and plant medicine. In order to finance these classes, fundraisers such as the Farm Feast dinner are necessary.

However, this isn’t the only goal of the dinner. Carter-Sundqvist and Dennis Carter, the owners of the hostel, hope to have events that will attract the community.

“[We want to] make it more open and accessible for people living on the island,” said Carter-Sundqvist. The hope is that the hostel can be a place for locals to come for workshops, and enjoy events such as the Farm Feast dinner.

For more information about the Farm Feast dinner and the Deer Isle Hostel, visit deerislehostel.com.

Deer Isle Hostel co-owners

Deer Isle Hostel co-owners Anneli Carter-Sunqvist and Dennis Carter.

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle Hostel
A view inside the hostel’s newest timber frame hut

A view inside the hostel’s newest timber frame hut. The private space was created using materials harvested from the property. “We cut the tree, hauled the logs, milled the timber on our sawmill and hand cut the fame throughout last winter,” said Carter-Sunqvist.

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle Hostel
The Deer Isle Hostel

The Deer Isle Hostel, now in its fourth year, will host a public Farm Feast dinner on Saturday, August 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle Hostel