Shop Small and Buy Local isn’t just a Saturday in November, it’s a lifestyle. There is something about buying your groceries or items from a local store that turns a routine into a beloved activity. I love seeing friendly faces of my neighbors in a place where everybody knows your name. But what I love most is knowing who I am buying from and knowing I am putting money back into my community.
Have you ever heard of Agritainment or agritourism? Agritainment is farm-based entertainment including activities such as hayrides, pony rides, wine tasting, cornfield-maze contests, and harvest festivals. Agritourism is a form of niche tourism that is considered a growth industry – it’s a way to bring tourism to a farm. Since agriculture is the largest industry in our county and in the State, both movements are flourishing here.
This brings us to Farm to Table or Farm to Fork – a movement of buying and serving local food directly from the source such as a farmers market, which is increasing agritourism in Lawrence County. Over the past few years Dawson’s Orchards have been hosting farm to table dinner series in their apple orchards bringing in notable chef’s from Pittsburgh restaurants. This year Dawson’s will be accompanied with the Lawrence County Sprouting Table dinner series. The Sprouting Table moves around to different locations throughout the county with dinner provided by Chef Sam Michael of Palate Restaurant. Interested in attending one? See below for dates.
Lawrence County Sprouting Table with Chef Sam Michael of Palate Restaurant
July 21 at Nova Cellars Winery
August 18 at Jacqueline House of New Wilmington
September 15 at Dawson’s Orchards
October 6 at Cedar Farm Inn