Farm Fresh Dinner for the locals

By Nikki Blankenship - [email protected]

Main Street Portsmouth is excited to celebrate their Annual Farm to Table Dinner.

The Farm to Table Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday at the Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Friends Community Center to celebrate locally sourced food and goods.

“The Farm to Table Dinner has always been a Main Street favorite,” Main Street Director Joseph Pratt commented. “It allows us an opportunity to give local cuisine and produce a chance to shine in a popular styled event. People always come excited and leave happy and full, after a meal of wonderful and unique farm-fresh foods.”

This year’s meal is being split between caterer and market vendor Roxanne Cooley, who will prepare the sides, and a locally raised hog roasted at the Ribber. Main Street will also be serving locally brewed drinks from the Portsmouth Brewing Company.

“’We are excited to have Roxanne back as a caterer this year,” Pratt stated. “She comes with a wealth of knowledge and skill set that will have all of our guests leaving happy and asking for recipes. She has been a faithful presence at our market, every week, since we have had one. She knows what people like and we know we are in good hands when she accepts a job. We are making the event a little less formal this year in the style of the dinner, but we aren’t compromising quality. While Roxanne is working on an impressive menu, we have the Ribber focusing on roast, as a way to provide a very familiar and beloved local flavor.”

Music for the event will be provided by the acoustic musician Andy Russell. This event is to welcome locally prepared food and thank the farmers that make it happen, while also serving as a fundraiser for the program and market.

Tickets are $30 and in the Main Street Portsmouth office, in the Scioto County Welcome Center. If there are any remaining tickets, Main Street will have them for $35 at the door.

The fundraising aspect of the night will be a pie auction held at the end of the evening. The pies are made by local vendors, bakers and children of the market.

“We love this particular event, because it shows how much can be done with our little market of 18 vendors,” Pratt commented. “The food is the freshest around, too—since the meat is local and comes straight from farm to butcher to Ribber the day before the event, and, in most cases, the sides and produce are still in the ground days before leading to the dinner. You can’t find a meal like this anywhere else.”

For more information about Main Street Portsmouth or the Farm to Table Dinner find Main Street Portsmouth on social media.

By Nikki Blankenship

[email protected]

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.