Farmers Market set for third annual Farm to Table event
Siloam Springs’ Farmers Market is gearing up for a night of fresh food and fun with the annual Farm to Table event this Sunday. This will be the third annual farm to table event. Last year, the event was hosted by one of the Farmers Market members, R Family Farm, in Canehill.
This year’s iteration of the Farm to Table dinner will be held at Twin Springs park in Siloam Springs on Sunday from 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Twin Springs park is located at the corner of Broadway Street and East Main Street in downtown Siloam Springs.
Tickets for the event are available for $50, and ticket sales will close on Friday night.
Participants will eat a dinner made from locally sourced food from Farmers Market suppliers, prepared by Edibles by Zoe. Dinner entertainment will come from Fayetteville Old Time Music and Dance, and Creekside Taproom will operate a cash bar.
“The purpose of the Farm to Table event was to share the hard work that our farmers do,” said Stacy Hester, who oversees the Farmers Market for Main Street Siloam Springs. “We wanted people to taste what a meal is like that comes from a farm to the table.”
“This year we’re holding the event in Twin Springs park as a way to bring it back to the community,” said Hester. “Last year, the farm thing was great, but we heard from a lot of people that they wanted it to be more local.”
Last year’s funds raised from ticket sales went toward mini-grants for farmer’s capital costs. The event raised $1,500 for local farmers last year, and Hester said there would be a similar reinvestment in the market this year.
Freshness, nutrition and a connection between farmers and the consumers are a few of the benefits to the event, Hester said. Food from a farmers market is fresher and has lost fewer nutrients because it has less distance to travel between harvest and the dinner table, Hester said.
Giving patrons of the Farmers Market a chance to interact with the market’s growers and vendors also has another benefit. Customers who get to talk to the farmers at the market get a chance to learn what they grow, why and how they grow it, and they can ask if they could grow something new if there’s something they are looking for that is not at the market. Hester has seen different herbs and seasonings reach the market because of this relationship.
“The community’s needs are met by this relationship with the farmer,” Hester said.
Hester said there are between eight and 15 farmers at each market event, though they cycle out as the season progresses and different produce reaches peak season.
The Farmers Market’s last week for the season will be the Homegrown Festival on Oct. 7. There will be a Kids’ Day at the market this Saturday, which will also feature Siloam Springs RC Modelers.