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Whitton Farms to Present A Fine Country Dinner' Sept. 9 to Benefit Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project


Whitton Farms, an area organic specialty crop farm, will host “A Fine Country Dinner,” Sept. 9, featuring food grown from the Delta soil. Tickets are $150 each for the 3-7 p.m. event with proceeds benefitting the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project. Only 200 tickets will be sold for this unique event.

The dinner will be held at the farm, 5157 W. Street, Highway 118, in Tyronza, only six miles from the Johnny Cash boyhood home in Dyess. Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.johnnycashmusicfest.com or by calling Arkansas State University Heritage Sites at (870) 972-2893.

The meal will consist of Berkshire whole hog roast with all the trimmings provided by Memphis, Tenn., chefs Kelly English of Restaurant Iris, Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne’s, Miles McMath of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Doug Hollis of Trolley Stop Market, Mac Edwards of the Elegant Farmer, and Justin Fox Burks of The Chubby Vegetarian.

The Side Street Steppers, the Ditch 40 Boys, and the Bluff City Backsliders will provide live music. Plenty of activities are on the schedule, including farm tours, hayrides, heirloom tomato and melon tasting, Ghost River brewery beer tasting, and a silent auction.

In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to shop with local artisans, meet the farmers and listen to a historical talk about the Delta area by professor emeritus Dr. Michael Dougan, a widely renowned authority on Arkansas history who retired from ASU in 2006.

Whitton Farms is owned by Keith and Jill Forrester, former public school teachers turned farmers. Both are graduates of ASU. For more information about Whitton Farms, go online at www.whittonfarms.com. Other "feastivals" held at Whitton Farms have been featured The Endless Feast, a Public Broadcasting System series. 

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