Georgia’s popular grass-fed beef, lamb and pastured poultry farm, White Oak Pastures, announced the opening of Pasture to Plate, its new on-farm restaurant. It was built to accommodate the 85 farm employees, who have to drive over 12 miles to the nearest restaurant for a meal.
Pasture to Plate is also open to the public and available for evening functions. In a press release, Jenni Harris, White Oak Pastures Marketing Manager, says, “We feel this is a necessary step in making White Oak Pastures more of a destination, and in order to provide the experience we want visitors to our farm to have, we need a place to feed them.”
The restaurant currently serves lunch prepared by Evelyn Taylor, the cook for the Harris family, the farm’s owners. Pasture to Plate plans to add breakfast will be added at a later date. But don’t expect a menu. Only one option will be available for each meal. A plate will run you $10 and will include a beverage and tax.
The farm supplies the restaurant’s meats and many of its vegetables come from the White Oak Pastures certified organic garden. The garden will be doubled in size next year in order to provide all of the veggies prepared by the restaurant.
Pasture to Plate will also play host to events including celebrity chef demonstrations. Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill led the first one late last month. Ron Eyester of Rosebud Restaurant has been recruited to lead an upcoming demonstration. Look for the full schedule of events on the farm’s Facebook page to be added soon.
Currently, farm tours can be coordinated with Jenni Harris. White Oak Pastures plans to develop self-guided walking tour maps for future guests.
12-2 p.m. 22775 Hwy 27, Bluffton. 229-641-2081. $10.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog