Farm Fresh Wedding
By Katie Ellis
A movement that began with restaurants and grocery stores is seeping into the wedding industry. It’s a trend that has become widely known as the farm-to-table movement, which simply means producing food locally and delivering that food to local consumers, and yes, to your local wedding event.
Choose Farm Fresh First
Instead of serving chicken shipped from Brazil for your cordon bleu or strawberries from Chile for your chocolate strawberry torte, you could join the movement by choosing to serve only local food at your wedding dinner and reception. Just think how fresh that gazpacho soup will taste when the tomatoes were vine-ripened right here in Santa Clara instead of trucked across the country for multiple days—not to mention the time they sit on the grocery store shelves.
And if it’s not the flavor alone that has you shouting out for all local food, imagine what it will do for the local economy. Buying from local farmers and herders puts money back into the local economies and supports the livelihood of area operators so they can continue to produce fresh and delicious foods.
Still not convinced that buying local is the best? Perhaps, you might consider what advocates say about local foods. Apparently, they are safer and healthier because the food hasn’t gone through preserving methods for shipping, which often creates decreased nutritional value of the food.
The Freshest Finds
Once you’ve made up your mind to jump on the farm fresh bandwagon for your wedding, it’s time to get planning. You will want to consider the time of year you’re getting hitched to determine what fruits and vegetables are in season; and of course, what you can find locally.
Since you may not necessarily have your own farm of produce to grow or livestock to tend, you will be relieved to know that there are still a handful of options in Southern Utah for local goods.
While many local fruit stands dotting old Highway 91 closed shop when Interstate 15 was built, there is one that has stood the test of time. Frei’s Fruit Market in Santa Clara has provided a large assortment of fruits and veggies since 1956.
New this year in Southern Utah is Rowley’s Red Barn located in the city of Washington. You’ve probably seen its original location just off I-15 in Santaquin. They are known for growing sweet cherries, apples and peaches.
There are a few farmers markets in the area including the Kayenta Farmer’s Market, the Zion Canyon Fruit Market, the Tuacahn Saturday Market, and the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Ancestor Square. In addition to offering the seasonal produce, many of these markets also offer fresh local eggs, baked goods, and preserves, which could be happy additions to your wedding day intake.
If you want to go straight to the source of your sweet and nutritional finds, you can pick your own organic Gala or Fuji apples right off their trees at the Springdale Fruit Company. And if you’re nuts about berries, you can pick your own at Shoal Creek Berries in Enterprise.
“Fresh” as the Focal Point of Festivities
Now that you’ve collected your bounteous harvest, it’s time to determine how to incorporate it into the wedding. Beyond the menu itself, the fruit could be part of the guests’ favor. We’ve all seen the usual bar of candy at wedding receptions, where guests can fill up little goody bags with a variety of their favorite sweet treats. Now, take that concept a step further with a whole fruit bar. You could buy a few crates of your favorite fruits and let your guests select some of the fresh pickings to take home in little baskets.
And there’s no reason why flowers need to be the only ingredient in your floral arrangements. Some of nature’s most vibrant colors are grown below ground. Imagine radishes, red onions, or even carrots mixed in with some brightly colored ranunculus as your centerpieces. Picture mini red, yellow and orange peppers pinned to your handsome groom’s tux. And then there’s your bouquet with its tomatoes and apples mixed in with a few sprigs of lavender and some miniature daisies.
Since many brides are trying to find a fresh take on their wedding day, farm fresh is an excellent first place to start. Granted you’ve already selected your groom and a few of the other key components of your wedding day!
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