5th Annual Downtown on The Farm at Oaklands Mansion

Sep 07, 2022 at 06:15 am by WGNS

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The 5th annual Downtown on the Farm, presented by Locally Owned Murfreesboro, is set for Sunday, Sept. 18 at Oaklands Mansion.

This farm-to-table fundraising dinner, featuring items sourced from local farms, will be transformed into a culinary adventure by local chefs. The evening will start at 4:30 p.m. with signature cocktails featuring Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, and appetizers from Salty Sisters charcuterie. Dinner will follow promptly at 5:30 p.m.


But this isn’t just a farm-to-table dinner.

Money raised at the event will be used to fund LOM’s annual scholarships for students from Rutherford County in the Entrepreneurship Program in MTSU’s Jones College of Business to help create the next generation of independent business owners in Middle Tennessee.

The inaugural event, held on the Public Square in 2018, raised $4,000 for LOM’s scholarship. After 4 successful years, the event has raised $19,000 to fund scholarships for future entreprenuers. The funds were awarded to MTSU students who graduated from a Rutherford County high school and are majoring or minoring in entrepreneurship. The annual donations make LOM the largest donor to the Entrepreneurship Program in the Jones College of Business.

“Our passion is building a community to help local businesses thrive. What better way to do that than to invest in our Rutherford County students and help them pursue their dream of entrepreneurship?” LOM President and event co-chair Missy Lay said.

The meal will be prepared by some of Murfreesboro’s finest culinary minds: Kevin Edmondson from I Take It Food Truck, Shawn & Christy Hackinson from The Alley on Main, Monique Ivory from Grandma's Hands Sweetery, Chantell Kennedy-Shehan and Matthew Joseph from Simply Pure Sweets, Mitchell Murphree from Five Senses and Steakhouse Five and Samantha Tragarz and Mealnie Deloy from Salty Sisters, LLC.

This year’s event will take place at the beautiful Oaklands Mansion.

“Oaklands is such a beautiful backdrop celebrating the history of Murfreesboro,” Lay said. "Oaklands and their staff do so much for our community through events and history."

All the protein and produce will be procured from local farmers and growers from Middle Tennessee.

“I’m excited to feature these farmers at Downtown on the Farm,” said Michelle Willard, who is working with the chefs and farmers to create a locally sourced menu. “I also hope to introduce some of these locally owned restaurants to more area farms so that they can build strong relationships and help support each other in the future.”

Tickets are on sale for $150 for a meal for two, so one ticket is good for two dinners. Get your tickets HERE.

Tickets include dinner and two drink tickets to enjoy our signature cocktails. Every ticket holder will also receive a commemorative, handmade cup made by a Tennessee-based potter. Franklin’s Fruit Tea will be returning for their third year to serve up their delicious fruit tea and Cedar Glade Brews will provide beer.

Thank you to our current Supporting Sponsors. Contract Management Services, Hagan Law Group, J Harmon Home Team and Redstone Federal Credit Union Sponsroships are available. Our Friends of Farmers Sponsors are Kara Kemp Coaching, L&L Contractors and Dr. David & Gina Urban. Sponsorships are still available. To sponsor Downtown on the Farm and help a student attend college, contact Locally Owned Murfreesboro at locallyownedboro@gmail.com.

About Locally Owned Murfreesboro 

An affiliate of the American Independent Business Alliance, Locally Owned Murfreesboro was formed in 2016.

The nonprofit is an organization of independent local business owners dedicated to promoting the benefits supporting independent businesses to the community and building a stronger local economy by joining together in marketing, government advocacy and networking. Learn more at locallyownedmurfreesboro.org. Because Murfreesboro Matters.

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