It’s farm-to-table meets farm-style picnic party, and it’s all for a good cause.
The annual Forsyth Farmers’ Market Picnic returns to the Old Dairy Farm from 4 to 7 p.m. April 28. The event features food from some of Savannah’s favorite farm-to-table restaurants, along with fun cocktails, local craft beer, live music by The Hypnotics, family-friendly activities and a silent auction.
Jeb Bush, the executive director of Forsyth Farmers’ Market, wants to remind everyone that “once you get in, everything is free.”
“Your ticket gets you food from 10 different restaurants and includes beverages,” he said.
This year’s expanded list of restaurants and beverage providers includes The Sentient Bean, El Coyote, Kayak Kafe, Pacci, Brighter Day, Bull Street Taco, The Grey, Green Truck, Fox & Fig, Atlantic, Cha Bella, Service Brewing, Perc and Savannah Square Pops.
The funds raised will go to continue the market’s mission to support local farmers and increase food access in the greater Savannah area through their Saturday market and their Farm Truck 912. The truck now serves 14 locations with a focus on low-income areas and neighborhoods.
“We also double SNAP benefits, making fresh produce accessible to more people,” Bush added. “We are now the top SNAP redeemable market in the state. Last year, we sold over $40,000 in produce at half-price to low income individuals.
“And we’ll have the Farm Truck front and center at the picnic to help educate people of that program.”
Bush added that while the proceeds from the event go to support the mission of the Farmers’ Market, it also provides a way to connect with the community.
“This picnic gives us a chance to connect people to that food that is locally sourced,” he said. “This event is our single-largest fundraiser of the year and a chance for the entire community to get together and celebrate local food.”