Back in 2017, Old Quail Run Farm in Sherman began hosting farm-to-table dinners where patrons could enjoy entertainment while partaking in locally-produced foods. For 2019, the farm intends to kick the dinners up a notch by not only allowing local music groups to perform at the events, but bringing in some nationally-known artists to grace the Grayson County stage.
Grammy Award-nominated and Country Music Awards vocal event of the year nominee Roy Lee Parnell will be performing on April 6. Radney Foster, who has written eight No. 1 singles and been in the county music industry for around 40 years, will be performing in May.
“I love these artists,” farm owner Jennifer Taylor said of why this group was chosen as the entertainers for this season. “All of these performers are award winners. It is a great group of artists. I grew up listening to them and have always loved them.”
Grammy Award-winning group Linda Davis & The Scott Family will be performing at 6:30 p.m. June 21 at Old Quail Run Farm. Linda Davis & The Scott Family has also won Dove and Billboard Awards.
“The idea for the dinners drew a little bit from other farm-to-table dinners and then they are a bit of our own,” Taylor said. “We often go to California to meet with wine vendors. These types of dinners are popular there and partnering with local farmers and eating local is just something that is done in those areas.”
Last year, Taylor and her team worked to build relationships with local farmers and have developed a farming co-op where individuals can come to Old Quail Run each month and purchase a box of locally produced foods, including fruits, vegetables, eggs and meats.
“This really evolved from wanting to create experiences in Texoma that people are leaving this area for,” she said. “I owned small businesses for 17 years now and so it is very important to me to build the community and create experience that keep people coming back to the local businesses.”
About 90 percent of the food served at Old Quail Run comes from within 20 miles of the farm.
“We wanted to be intentional about creating menus with what is local,” Taylor said. “No need to diet. Just eat locally grown food and vegetables. Foods lose a lot of nutrients in the 48 hours after they are picked. We get out food within a day or two of the dinner. So that is as close to the vine as you can get.”
Taylor also said that when she is asked about the importance of eating locally, the reason why she does it is pretty simple.
“I did not go to culinary school to learn how to cook farm-to-table,” she said. “It is how I was raised. Everything that we ate, we grew. Eating healthy is about being aware of what you are putting in your body and where that food comes from.”
Taylor said in the future, she does not necessarily want to make the dinners get bigger. She would like to keep the number of attendees the same, so that they can remain intimate.
Only 100 tickets are being sold to each event. Of the ticket sales that the farm has currently taken, the majority of them are from residents of the McKinney, Frisco and Plano areas.
“We are putting together a fall music festival this year,” she said. “We will have four major artists and four local artists performing.”
For this event, food will be provided by food trucks.
“Music has always been important to me,” she said. “As someone that was connected to music for a long time, it is just important. I just love music.”
Tickets for the festival are $175, and includes a cocktail hour. For $100, patrons can attend the dinner and concert only.