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Downtown on The Farm Returns at Oaklands

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

The 5th annual Downtown on the Farm, presented by Locally Owned Murfreesboro, returns Sunday, Sept. 18 at Oaklands Mansion.

This farm-to-table fundraising dinner features items sourced from local farms cooked 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 goes 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.

Featured chefs

  • 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
  • Samantha Tragarz and Mealnie Deloy from Salty Sisters, LLC.

“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 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.

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

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.