Smoke & Fire Farm Dinner at White's Family Farm

Photography By Amanda "Mayter" Scott & Mark Boughton | November 19, 2017
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The Whites hosted the Farm Dinner celebrating the tobacco smoking season and the fall bounty.

The White family has been farming tobacco in Robertson County for generations. This fall, we celebrated the tobacco smoking season and the fall bounty with a festive farm dinner. Cooks, friends, neighbors, Nelsons's Distillery, Avanti Cigars, Jackalope and Edible readers celebrated on a cold October night under twinkling lights hung from a tent out in the fields.  

Photo 1: From August to October you'll see tobacco hanging in barns, many of which will be actively smoking.
Photo 2: Tobacco barn on White's farm
Photo 3: Tobacco hanging for "dark" curing.
Photo 4: The tent set up for festivities in the pumpkin field.
Photo 5: Dr. Rick Gregory and Bo Adams
Photo 6: The tables were stylish set by Demetria White with tobacco leaves, soybeans and wood from the farm.

Located in Springfield, the city also known as the dark-fired tobacco capital of the world, White's Family Farm has witnessed the many changes in the American tobacco industry. Dr. Rick Gregory shared stories about tobacco, moonshine, and the colorful past of the county. Vintage tobacco artifacts were on display by Bo Adams, Whiskey and Tobacco Historian, to take one back to the old days of tobacco harvesting. 


Photo 1: Fluffy sweet potato biscuits by Charles Hunter III were a hit.
Photo 2: Caramelized Apple Cake with Mascarpone Cream by Reggie Marshall and son Reggie Junior, was an absolute dream.
Photo 3: Each setting sported an Avanti cigar made with tobacco from Robertson county.
Photo 4: Smoked brisket and pork sourced from Whites and Gregory Farms and smoked by Justin Dorris and Caleb Starks of The Drunken Pig was melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Photo 5: Music was by singer/song writer Winston Scott.
Photo 6: Master of ceremonies, Demetria White.
Photo 8: Doug Voise and wife, Lisa of the Depot Bar & Grill in downtown Springfield.
Photo 9: Charles Hunter III gives the final touches on his fluffy sweet potato biscuits.
Photo 10: Lisa Voise's Farmhouse Kale Salad

The food was served family style for a convivial dinner shared by folks young and old, black and white, city slicker and country folk. Each part of the menu was cooked by a neighbor or friend of White's Farm. 

Cup of Turnip Greens with Cornbread
Caprese Skewers and Italian Meatballs
Smoked Brisket & Pork with Fig and Apple BBQ Sauce
Potato Gratin with Smoked Gouda
Farmhouse Kale Salad
Sweet Potato Biscuits 
Caramelized Apple Cake with Mascarpone Cream



Photo 1: The original Nelson's Distillery is located in Robertson County,
Photo 2: Jackelope Brewery's delicious Thunder Ann Pale Ale
Photo 3: Beachaven Winery up the road in Clarksville, supplied the wine
Photo 4: Avanti cigars made with tobacco from Robertson County.

Sponsors, Avanti Cigars, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery,  Beachaven Winery and Jackalope Brewery were on hand to share in the celebration. Music by songwriter and composer Wintson Scott filled the air alongside sweet cigar smoke, the smell of bonfires, and the sounds of folks mingling and laughing. Master of ceremonies and matriarch of Whites' Family Farm, Demetria White, introduced community members involved, including the beneficiary of the proceeds of the farm dinner, The Robertson County Young Farmers Group for the Jason Bracy Agriculture Scholarship Fund.

The evening was generously sponsored by White & Associates Insurance. 

Photo 1: White & Associates Insuance
Photo 2: Regina Welch Dunn and Dwayne Dunn of White & Associates Insurance
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