Find talent and delicious local food at Farm to Table

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 8/31/18

MANNING - What pairs better than locally grown vegetables, talented caterers and a bevy of hungry guests?

It's not a very well-kept secret in Clarendon County that if you feed them, they will come.

This year, Main Street Manning is hosting an …

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Find talent and delicious local food at Farm to Table

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MANNING - What pairs better than locally grown vegetables, talented caterers and a bevy of hungry guests?

It's not a very well-kept secret in Clarendon County that if you feed them, they will come.

This year, Main Street Manning is hosting an event that will bring local growers, manufacturers and citizens together for a delicious two-hour event, Farm to Table, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the courtyard at Land, Parker & Welch Law Firm at the corner of South Mill and Keitt streets.

"This is unlike anything that we've ever done," said Carrie Trebil, director of Main Street Manning, a department of the City of Manning. "We plan on having a great time and a lot of wonderful food."

Trebil said that Main Street Manning has been hosting an annual event for the past nine years, including a stroll downtown, "Women of Main Street," an art show and an event that showcased local barbecue.

"It's evolved over the years," Trebil added. "Each year we've highlighted something different, and this year is really something special."

Along with all the great-tasting foods, Trebil said awards would be handed out for Best Window Display, Most Hospitable and Best Building Renovation. She said that these events are voted on by the public.

Marie Land, a Master Gardener and a member of the Azalea Garden Club, is assisting Trebil with the event.

"This year, the event will showcase Manning and the surrounding area," Land said. "Farm to Table will feature many of our local farmers as well as McCall Farms in Effingham."

McCall Farms is a canning facility for Margaret Holmes and cans more than one million cans of vegetables a day, including yams grown in Clarendon County and throughout the state.

"It has been fun tasting the recipes," Land said. "We've tried a lot of different things. We wanted to feature local foods."

Land said that Farm to Table will feature vegetables grown at Flowers Farms and Richburg Farms as well as farms owned by Cag Brunson and Tommy Lee and other local farmers.

"So much of our local produce is now going to Effingham," Land said. "That's great for Clarendon County farmers."

On a side note, Land said that most of the yams being canned by Bruce Yams, which is now owned by Margaret Holmes, were being harvested in North Carolina; however, now the bulk of the yams used in canning Bruce Yams are coming from South Carolina, including Clarendon County farmers.

"That's wonderful news for our local farmers," she added.

Farm to Table will feature a smorgasbord of dishes featuring sweet potatoes, local produce and a variety of Margaret Holmes' canned vegetables.

The menu is being prepared by several local caterers including Bubba Brown, Elizabeth DuRant, Lucy's Traditional Southern Bakehouse and other local eateries.

Borrowing from a famous 1994 movie that was filmed in the Lowcountry, replace the word shrimp with sweet potato, and you'll have a list of Southern treats, including sweet potato and kale salad, sweet potato smoothie, sweet potato fudge and sweet potato biscuits, just to mention a few.

Add tomato/watermelon gazpacho, butterbean hummus, squash deviled egg spread and muscadine sangria to the menu along with squab, beef from the Cattleman's Association and pork from Cactus Family Farms. Additional sides will include corn pudding, Johnny Mac peas and beans, eggplant Parmesan, rice with okra and tomatoes, Italian flat green beans and the Southern staples of cornbread and biscuits. Desserts are also on the menu with Panola pecan bars, a fig dessert and a peanut butter dessert.

"Janet Caldwell and Rodney Morrow will feature their seasoned pecans with jams and fruit spreads," Land added. "Also Dublin Winery will feature several wines and Local Motive Brewing in Florence will feature their craft beer."

Patrick Brailsford is building long farm tables for the event, which will be for sale following the evening, Land said.

Tickets are $25 and going like "hotcakes." Tickets can be purchased at Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce at 19 N. Brooks St. and Land, Parker & Welch at 29 S. Mill St. Casual attire is suggested. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Manning Fire Department, 38 W. Boyce St.

"The net proceeds will benefit the food pantries in Summerton and Manning," Land added.

For more information on Farm to Table, call Trebil at (803) 435-8477, extension 0, and ask for Carrie.