Farm to Table to celebrate local food
The Siloam Springs Farmers Market will be celebrating its farmers, makers and vendors at the fourth annual Farm to Table Dinner planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.
The event will take place at the Red Oaks Barn owned by Claudia and Cliff Gibbs, located just a few miles outside of Siloam Springs at 16734 Old Highway 68. Tickets are now on sale for $50 each and will be available until Sept. 12, according to Kelsey Howard, director of Main Street Siloam Springs.
Everything in the meal, including the entree, sides and desserts, will come from Northwest Arkansas Farms, and with the exception of a very few ingredients, most of the food will come from Siloam Springs Farmers Market vendors, Howard said. The entree will be a choice of locally grown beef or lamb as will as a vegetarian option, and dessert will be blackberry cobbler made from blackberries grown at Taylor’s Orchard in Gentry. The fresh seasonal ingredients will be prepared by Missy Morris, of Edibles by Zoe, and Chef Kurt Plankenhorn of 28 Springs.
Food items will be served buffet style inside the barn and guests will dine on tables set up in the open field, Howard said. Entertainment for the evening will include live music by Route 358 and a traditional cake walk inside the barn.
“This dinner is going to be a magical evening you won’t forget, set in the beautiful rolling Ozark hills in a gorgeous open field by a rustic red barn,” said Stacy Hester, farmers market and accounting manager. “Our farmers and bakers can’t wait to enjoy a truly remarkable meal with you, and
it’ll taste even better knowing that everything you’re eating is as local as it gets and supports the continued growth of our Farmers Market. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.”
Proceeds from the dinner will support the development and promotion of the Siloam Springs Farmers Market, Howard said. The market provides fresh local produce, meats and handmade goods year round, as well as free outdoor market kids activities, educational programming such as chef demonstrations and live music. The market also facilitates programs that address food insecurity, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT) program, Senior Vouchers and the Double Dollar Program, which provides funds to match the SNAP/EBT program and Senior Voucher program.
This year, the market grew to include more than 31 vendors, Howard said. The market will continue to take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday mornings in City Park through Oct. 13. Starting on Oct. 22, market goods can be ordered online.
“This really is an evening out and a really enjoyable dinner,” Howard said. “Even though it benefits the Farmers Market, it’s a celebration of our farmers and it’s also a celebration of the area, our land and the food.”
Tickets can be purchased by visiting Siloam Springs Farm to Table 2018 on Eventbrite, visiting the Siloam Springs Farm to Table 2018 Facebook event page or by calling 479-524-4556.
The Siloam Springs Farmers Market will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner at the Red Oaks Barn, located near Siloam Springs at 16734 Old Highway 68.