Dinner in the Field coming Aug. 7

Guests enjoy the buffet dinner during the 2014 Dinner in the Field.

WILMINGTON — The 2015 Clinton County “Dinner in the Field” will feature locally produced food, an opportunity to see where our food comes from and how it is produced, and a few surprises, as well.

Chairperson Diane Murphy, president of the sponsoring Clinton County Leadership Institute, says this year’s 7th Annual Dinner in the Field will be held on Friday, Aug. 7. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the buffet dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Each year, “Dinner in the Field” is held at a different farm in Clinton County, Murphy says. Farmers volunteer their location for the annual event. This year, the Larrick Family Farm, 1043 Larrick Road, Lees Creek, will be the setting. This was announced at last year’s event on the Pam and Randy Moore Farm farm.

In 2014, there were about 300 people in attendance. Murphy hopes for this many and more on Aug. 7.

Tickets in advance are $25 each for adults and $30 at the door. Children ages 4 to 10 are $5 and age three and under are free. Tickets are now for sale, and can be bought at the Clinton County Leadership Institute office, 140 E. Sugartree St. Call 937-382-7120 for information. She said tickets are also available at the Cotton Junkie Quilt Shop, 110 W. Main St., 937-366-6302.

“Each year, our ‘Dinner in the Field’ gets bigger and better,” she said.

What will be on the menu this year? Plenty.

“We will again have beef, pork and chicken. Appetizers are being prepared with local ingredients by various local restaurants and catering companies. There will be homemade apple sauce, potatoes, a variety of salads and homemade ice cream for dessert,” she said.

“We will again have the annual Pie and Dessert Auction,” she added. Last year, they raised at the Dinner in the Field $2,000 for Clinton County Leadership Institute to support the education programs for area students.

Why are the “Dinner in the Field” events held each year?

“I think it has multiple purposes. One is to highlight the produce, foods that are raised locally and give credit to local farmers for the things they do. As people get farther and farther away from connections to the farm, it is a way to reconnect people with their local food and where it comes from,” she said. “Also, Leadership Clinton does it as a major fundraiser,” she added.

The Larrick Farm is a part of the region’s Barn Quilt Trail. The 177-acre farm has been owned by the Larrick family since 1972. The farm was established in the 1870s with a log cabin on the property, then the bricks for the house after were made from bricks made from across the road. They grow grains and also have some goats on the farm.

Gary Brock can be reached at 937-556-5759 or on Twitter at GBrock4.