Farmers’ market setting the place for Farm to Fork
The second Farm to Fork dinner organized by the Shepherdstown Farmers Market will be held June 12. The first event was held in 2014 and was organized to raise funds for the weekly market.
This year’s event will do the same, according to Inge Ledden, organizer of the dinner.
The market raises funds which they then shuffle back into the community to various nonprofit organizations that may need a little help.
The Farm to Fork dinner celebrates local food and local farms. Over 95 percent of the dinner is from vendors at the Sunday market, Ledden shared.
What the farmers provide, the restaurants of town will prepare for diners to enjoy. Each restaurant participating has taken on a different part of the menu.
Appetizers will be prepared by Devonshire, Salsa Rivas and Stone Hearth Bread Company and The Cottage of Herbs.
The salad course to follow will be presented by Maria’s Taqueria. The Bavarian Inn, The Press Room, Domestic and Blue Moon will all prepare different main course dishes including beef roulade with herbal butter, pickled onions, garlic roasted potatoes and green beans with basil pesto.
For those who still have room to enjoy desserts, Shepherdstown Sweet Shop and Peace of Cake will offer pound cake with fresh berries while Bistro 112 shares lavender cookies. No meal would be complete without something chocolate which comes from Appalachian Chocolate Company.
Diners with vegetarian needs should take note that this year Mellow Moods will contribute a vegetarian dish to the menu.
These yummy desserts will be made all the better with coffees from Happy Cat Coffe, Black Dog Coffee and Kumbuca tea from Cultured Leaf.
Tickets for this dinner are on sale now at a cost of $50 per person. Ticket holders will enjoy a family-style dining experience around tables extending down King Street behind the libary where the market is held each Sunday. Only 120 seats are available and tickets will go quickly. Information on purchasing the tickets may be found at the Shepherdstown Farmers Market Facebook page or by visiting the market on Sundays.
Should there be rain the night of the event, the dinner will move into the upstairs ballroom of the War Memorial Building.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the local farmer’s market. It is the oldest market in the county and sees approximately 50 vendors in a season.
Many of these vendors will be on hand at the dinner June 12 where they will be able to socialize, not only with their customers, but with their fellow farmers.
“These farmers–with their energy–they are amazing,” Ledden said. “They love taking care of their customers and it shows.”