Old MacDonald made room for a younger generation of farmers Sunday, plus an estimated 50 to 70 people who wanted to check out their farms. The fairly new Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network coordinated free tours Sept. 29 of Black Creek Farms in Columbus, Beaverdam and High Hope Farms in Cedar Bluff, and Bountiful Harvest Farm in Starkville.
During the peak hours of the Farm to Table dinner Saturday night, it was hard to move, but no one seemed to care.
Planning for the Farm to Table dinner started months ago.
Not because it was going to be a difficult event to plan, but because the farmers involved had to know what Ty Thames, local chef and restaurateur, wanted to use.
As a restaurant owner and chef, Ty Thames loves watching all of those “extreme” cooking shows that litter the cable TV landscape.
“I always wondered what it would be like to be on one of those shows,” said Thames, co-owner and chef at Starkville’s Restaurant Tyler.
On Saturday, Thames won’t have to wonder anymore.
Old MacDonald never imagined this. A rolling farm, a mobile greenhouse touring the country, drawing crowds and educating the public on alternative energy and sustainable living.