Hillman to host Wallace House farm-to-table meal Thursday

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Mary Hillman, Perry PACES director and owner of Mary's Farm and Garden in Grand Junction, will be the featured producer in Thursday night's Know Your Farmer dinner series at the Wallace House in Des Moines.


Perry PACES Director Mary Hillman will be the featured producer in the Know Your Farmer dinner series at the Wallace House in Des Moines Thursday night.

When Hillman is not running Perry’s Academic and Cultural Enrichment Services (PACES) program — now in its 20th year — and providing before-school and after-school programming for some 150 children of Perry’s working parents, she is managing Mary’s Farm and Garden in rural Grand Junction.

Hillman originally used her Grand Junction farm as a way to feed her family of four daughters, but the farm evolved into a thriving business of fresh, all-natural eggs, poultry and produce.

Hillman’s three-course menu for Thursday’s supper at the Wallace House will feature delicata squash salad, pan roasted chicken with sauteed veggies and crispy potato spinach cake, and elderberry ice cream with triple chocolate cookies.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., with community seating and a  BYOB policy. Tickets are available online at $55 including tip. For more information, call Deborah at 515-243-7063.

The Wallace Centers of Iowa provide a variety of programs and services to build awareness of local food, sustainable agriculture and civility. The centers serves both urban and rural communities, with locations at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines at 756 16th St. in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines.

The Wallace House was built in 1883 and became the home of Henry and Nancy Wallace, grandparents of Henry A. Wallace, the American politician, journalist and farmer who came to prominence during the Great Depression of the 1930s in the administration of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Henry A. Wallace served by turns as Roosevelt’s U.S. secretary of agriculture, U.S. vice president and U.S. secretary of commerce. Wallace was the presidential nominee of the Progressive Party in the 1948 election.

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