The Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market will host an open-­air Farm to Fork Dinner featuring local food from area farmers on Saturday, September 15th.

The Farm to Fork Dinner will be served at Shaver Valley Farm, owned by Lori and Mickey Sartain. The evening begins with a social hour serving appetizers with a selection of Missouri wine and beer at 5:30 p.m. followed by a family style meal at 6:30 p.m.

“This will truly be more than a wonderful and unique meal. It will be a meaningful experience for a worthy cause, helping to sustain small local farms and fresh local food,” said Anna Conroy, SAFM board president.

The SAFM says award-winning Chef Charles Clark, known as “The Growing Chef” will be preparing six courses made from all­ local ingredients. Appetizers of grilled zucchini and goat cheese wraps and beef pate’ a choux will start the evening, followed by a farm-fresh gazpacho (cold soup).

The salad course will be mixed autumn greens with citrus honey vinaigrette. The main entrées will consist of grilled stuffed pork tenderloin with spicy tomato jam, grilled beef with chimichurri, and grilled lemon thyme chicken.

The fifth course will include seasonal roasted vegetables, and fall potatoes with garlic cloves baked on coals, and fresh-baked breads. The all-local tour de palate will conclude with pies and other desserts from the market bakers served with locally roasted coffees.

A silent auction will also showcase items from farmers’ market vendors and other local businesses.

Music will be provided by local musicians, including “Lakesiders” Linda Bales and Lori Beaman, on ukulele and vocal.

Tickets are $100 each and expected to sell fast. Tables of 8 may be purchased as well for $800. Tickets can be purchased at the market on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 -6 p.m., or by calling 660-281-7244. Cash/check/credit/debit card are accepted.

The SAFM says proceeds from the dinner will assist with market operating expenses in order to keep vendor stall fees affordable.

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