Farm to table is not just a foodie trend; it's a new event hosted on a family farm in southern Wisconsin. A new group, Wisconsin Farm to Table, will be hosting their first event at Larson Acres in Evansville on Sept. 6.
Discover Wisconsin agriculture through a unique on-farm culinary experience. Guests are invited to taste Wisconsin's agricultural diversity, from farm to dinner table. This event is an opportunity to meet the farmers providing the ingredients prepared by local chef and farm boy, Tyler Sailsbery. Sailsbery is the head chef and owner of The Black Sheep in Whitewater, where he proudly works with local farmers to craft unique dishes, packed with fresh flavors.
The goal of this experience is to bring a community of consumers together through food grown and raised by local farmers and thoughtfully prepared by a local chef. Those contributing to the meal are experts in their fields working to bring local flavors and ingredients to the table.
This year's event is being held at Larson Acres, a sixth generation family farm in Evansville. Larson Acres is a modern dairy farm focused on quality, pride and family.
The following family farms are contributing ingredients for the Wisconsin Farm to Table meal:
■ Larson Acres — What started out as one farming family on 80 acres and six cows five generations ago has grown and evolved to include six families of Larson's caring for the family farm, which now consists of more than 5,000 acres of agricultural land and 2,900 cows. Milk from Larson Acres dairy farm is sent to Grande to be made into cheese, which will be featured in the gourmet meal.
■ Wolf L&G Farms LLC, Lancaster; Shannon and Melissa Wolf — Wolf L& G Farms LLC's family farm was started in the late 1950s by Shannon's grandfather and is a farrow-to-finish hog farm. They raise piglets from birth to market weight for Tyson Foods. The Wolf family is part of the Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA) program, which uses on-farm farmer education to decrease the chances of food safety hazards.
■ Katzman Farms; Wes and Katy Katzman — Katzman Farms is located in Whitewater where three generations are involved in the day-to-day farm chores. Their farm is home to 1,500 dairy cows and 6,000 beef steers throughout the year. Their beef animals are raised for Tyson Foods and will be featured on Chef Sailsbery's event menu.
■ Grace Peterson — The daughter of Eric and Heather Peterson, 11-year-old Grace understands where her food comes from and wants to share the quality meat she raised as a summer fair project. She has shown sheep at the Rock County Fair since she was six-years-old. Grace has been a 4-H member of Evansville 4-H Club for three years and looks forward to many more in her future.
■ Randy Hughes Farms — Blue Farm brand tortilla chips are produced and distributed by Randy and Judy Hughes of A-Maize-ing Corn Products in Janesville. Randy is a fifth generation farmer in a family that has been farming for more than 150 years. In addition to planting blue corn, he plants traditional corn, organic corn and other vegetable crops. He wanted to craft a value-added product that he could sell directly to consumers and decided to make delicious snacks from his blue corn developed over 10 years for the consistent, corn flavor.
Farm tours will commence at 5 p.m. followed by social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. The event is limited to 100 guests.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.wifarmtotable.com or call Kari Kuehl at 262-203-4016.