First annual Farm to Fork Supper

Published 3:43 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Mill Spring Agricultural Economic Development Center will be hosting its first annual Farm to Fork Supper and Open House on October 23. The evening will celebrate agriculture in Polk County starting with an open house tour of the new center at 5 p.m.

Come and see the transformation that is taking place at the former Mill Spring School as the staff repaints and refurbishes but tries to maintain the unique character of this historic building. There will be InFARMation stations to visit where local farmers will be available to talk with you and let you know what they have to offer.

Supper will be prepared with fresh and local ingredients and will start at 6 p.m. under the cascading magnolia tree in the front yard, complete with candlelight. Local musicians include the renowned Jenna Lindbo and old-time and celtic music with a classical twist from John Malloy, Annie Ewing, and Whitney Blake. After supper you will have chances to win the 50/50 raffle or bid on auction items such as a restaurant dinner for two.

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Tickets are being sold at Manna Cabanna in Saluda, Kathleens Gallery in Tryon, the First Peak of the Blue Ridge Travel and Tourism Center, and the Soil and Water Conservation District in Columbus. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the former Mill Spring School.

October 23 will be an opportunity for the community to come together in support of the people who feed us. Organizers are asking guests to bring your own unique dinner plate that you are willing to leave behind for the Ag Center to use for future events.

For more information, or to donate farm foods or auction items, contact Carol Lynn Jackson at 828-817-2308 or