Farm to Ta­ble cel­e­brates eat­ing lo­cal

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Burch­fiel Staff Writer mburch­ ■

Twin Springs Park played host to producers and cus­tomers of the Siloam Springs Farm­ers Mar­ket, as they cel­e­brated an­other sea­son of fresh food with the an­nual Farm to Ta­ble din­ner on Sun­day.

“One of the most ex­cit­ing things was to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether to cel­e­brate our farm­ers and en­joy them­selves in the down­town Twin Springs park,” said Kelsey Howard, Di­rec­tor of Main Street Siloam Springs.

Howard said the lo­ca­tion of the event had a spe­cial im­pact as it overlooked the fu­ture lo­ca­tion of the Farm­ers Mar­ket in the as-yet un­named li­brary park.

Sun­day’s event was the third it­er­a­tion of the Farm to Ta­ble Din­ner. The meal fea­tured food grown in the area by lo­cal farm­ers who sell at the mar­ket, and the meal’s dishes were ar­ranged by Ed­i­bles by Zoe. “When you buy lo­cal, the food is go­ing to taste so much bet­ter,”

Howard said.

“But even so, Ed­i­bles by Zoe did a fan­tas­tic job.”

The event be­gan at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and br­uschetta at the nearby Creek­side Tap­room. Shortly af­ter­ward, guests filed back to the main area to eat a meal that con­sisted to­tally of fresh lo­cal food.

In ad­di­tion to short state­ments by Howard and Stacy Hester, who over­sees the mar­ket, din­ers lis­tened to mu­sic by Fayet­teville Old-time Mu­sic & Dance.

Af­ter the food had been eaten, the mu­si­cians led guests in a se­ries of square dances in the park.

“Loved see­ing the square danc­ing and all the ex­cite­ment about lo­cal food,” Howard said.

The Farm­ers Mar­ket con­tin­ues through Oct. 7 this year, with an on­line mar­ket open year-round. The mar­ket is open on Satur­day morn­ings in City Park in down­town Siloam Springs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Michael Burch­fiel/Her­ald-Leader

The Siloam Springs Farm­ers Mar­ket and Main Street Siloam Springs held their yearly Farm to Ta­ble din­ner in Twin Springs Park in Siloam Springs on Sun­day.

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