In 2023 we brought back Paisley’s much loved Grand Feast Finale. It had been so long, that many people living in  the village did not remember the event. Originally it took place on the Saturday of Thanksgiving. The farmers of the 2006-2018 outdoor Paisley Farmers’ Market brought a dish featuring their product. They wrote the $ amount of their dish on a paper. The tables were heaped with food and villagers came and paid by donation. We sat at picnic tables and visited. At the end of the market we almost always came out within $10 of what was written on the papers. The farmers were paid for the food they brought and everyone got to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

Grand Feast Finale at Orchard’s Landing in 2023 looked a little different because we do not have the space that we had at the outdoor market and the farmers were not in the habit of coming to Orchard’s Landing in Paisley. The back room at the Fall Market was emptied and places to eat were set up down the middle. People came, bringing food starting at 11 am. We required that every dish come with a list of ingredients attached. We started eating at noon and until about 2 pm (or when the food ran out). Like a regular potluck dinner if you brought a dish that could feed the number in your party, you could eat without a fee. If you do not bring a dish, there was a donation jar into which you could make a donation.  In 2023 we collected $70 for the Breakfast Club at Paisley Central School.

We plan to repeat this event in 2024.