Farm to Ta­ble to cel­e­brate lo­cal food

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer jjessen@nwadg.com ■

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.

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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.

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