If you've spent some time dining in southwest Missouri, there's a good chance you've tried some of Terrell Creek Farm's cheese. Many restaurants proudly name-drop Terrell Creek on their menus, including The Order and Progress in Springfield and Harvest Restaurant in Rogersville, Missouri.
However, the most beautiful and delicious fruits of their local partnerships come to life at the monthly cheese nights on the farm. From May to October, Terrell Creek Farm hosts buffet-style farm dinners featuring live music, soups, meats, salads, vegetable dishes and desserts like goat cheese ice cream. But the cheese boards, with pops of colorful ingredients, are the main attraction.
For Terrell Creek owner Lesley Million, curating the cheese boards is a fun scavenger hunt. A few weeks before the event, she scopes out what's in season at the local farmers’ markets. She loves using nuts and preserves from Fairhaven Farm; bread from The Artisan's Oven and B + B Boulangerie in Springfield; cured meat from GrandView & HillSide Bison in Mountain Grove, Missouri and Circle B Ranch; and vegetables she pickles from Urban Roots Farm and Millsap Farm in Springfield.
"After we started hosting the cheese nights, we found that they were a good way for us to recharge and stay passionate," Lesley says. "It's very satisfying when you see your customers having a good time and they tell you how much they appreciate you and what you do. It reminds us of why we do it."
Dates for the 2019 season:
- May 18
- June 15
- July 20
- Sept. 21
- Oct. 19
Tickets are $35 per person, available through brownpapertickets.com.
Terrell Creek Farm, 508 Fordland Hills Drive, Fordland, Missouri, terrellcreekfarm.com