Learn about heirlooms at Walnut Cove farm-to-table supper

By Brittney Champion, Intern | Jun 30, 2014
Joseph and Tara Cathey are shown with farm-fresh food prepared for an event last year at their Walnut Cove Farm.

Walnut Cove Farm in Waynesville is having its first ever farm-to-table supper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the farm, located at 575 Walnut Cove Road, Waynesville.

The event will feature The Darren Nicholson Band, an antique tractor and 1912 hay bailer, as well as an informal discussion on seed saving and sustainable gardening techniques. Haywood Harvest Catering, owned by Becky Gaddis and Lynn Presnell, will provide food for the event.

Walnut Cove Farm is all about heirloom produce and open pollinated crops. This is a family-owned business that prides itself with its all-natural produce.

Owners Joseph and Tara Cathey invite the community join them for dinner and great music in a natural setting, using local ingredients and their own heirloom produce. This is a ticket-only event with food and music included. Those attending may bring their own wine and spirits for the night.

“We are looking forward to people getting back to the roots and helping them to understand that genetically modified vegetables are bad for you,” said Joseph Cathey.

Throughout the night there will be different events that the guests can observe. Those attending will get a chance to see the hops on the property, which is used to make beer. Growing hops is a three-year process and seeing it in Haywood County is a unique experience.

Guests will also get to witness the planting of the “Three Sisters,” heirloom corn, acorn squash and greasy beans, which all work together as they grow. These crops use each other to thrive once they are planted.

There will be a mushroom log demonstration showing the process of how to harvest mushrooms along with tips on starter techniques guests can use on their own gardens.

“We want to be a resource for the community,” he said.

This is the first of many events the couple is hoping to have. The series will continue with more farm-to-table suppers in August, September and October. Each event will have different musicians and a variety of demonstrations.

There will only be 100 tickets sold for the event. Tickets are $60 per person and $55 for CSA members. Ten percent of all profits will be donated to the Kiwanis of Waynesville.

Call 400-0115 to purchase a ticket or for information.