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Cookout celebrates jail garden’s third harvest

The chill of fall was in the air Friday afternoon, which seemed the fitting setting for a harvest lunch hosted by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office to celebrate the bounty produced in the Logan County Jail garden this year.

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Bellefontaine resident Joe Dodds picks out items from the buffet table at the Logan County Jail harvest lunch Friday that featured a number of items grown in the jail garden. Mr. Dodds, father of Chief Deputy Randy Dodds, attended the luncheon with his wife, Athel. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Employees from the office, along with a number of LCSO retirees and other county officials, dined on a variety of picnic foods that were prepared using produce from the garden.

A potato salad on the menu incorporated potatoes from the nearby plots, and coleslaw on the buffet also was made with cabbage from the garden. Other fresh vegetables included onion, tomato and cucumber toppings for hamburgers, and a green bean side dish.

And the table full of fresh foods did not skimp on desserts. A colorful fruit salad of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon was available for sampling.

Jail administrator Lt. Greg Fitzpatrick said the foods offered at Friday’s event were just a small taste of all of the food offerings that the jail garden has provided for staff and inmate meals this year.

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