Upscale meal in peach orchard to showcase the fine-dining side of agrotourism

Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo

Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo by Sara Shepherd

Think “agrotourism,” and pick-your-own apples and winery tours probably come to mind, at least in the Midwest. But another take on it is becoming increasingly popular (and hard to get tickets to): fine dining on the farm.

Gieringers Orchard has scheduled its second Feast in the Fields event for 6 p.m. July 13 at the orchard, which has an Edgerton address but lies on the Douglas County-Johnson County line. Orchard owner Melanie Gieringer said today that tickets are still available for the event, which takes place outdoors between rows of peach trees.

In Weston, Mo., Green Dirt Farm has already sold out all but one of its wildly popular farm-to-table dinners through October. Each features acclaimed Kansas City area chefs, including Pachamama’s chef/owner Ken Baker on Oct. 5 (Yes, that one’s sold out, too. Sorry.).

River Creek Farms near Manhattan also has played host to dinners in its barn and cornfield — where one of Baker’s dinners earlier this month filled up as well.

Pachamama's chef Ken Baker. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

Pachamama's chef Ken Baker. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo by Nick Krug

The Gieringers Orchard dinner will feature Kansas wine and an all-local, four-course menu, also prepared by Baker. Tickets are $100 each (includes gratuity) and can be purchased online at gieringersorchard.com or by calling 913-893-9626.

Gieringer said it’s hard to put her finger on exactly what’s so special about the experience, which attracted about 50 people last year.

“It’s not every day you get to actually have all local food and it’s actually eaten out in our orchard,” she said. “It’s so neat.”

Tips welcome!

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Comments

Rick Hird 1 year, 6 months ago

Agritourism is one of the few means we have of attracting tourism dollars to Douglas County. Congratulations on these efforts to create something unique and special. I hope there are many more such establishments to come!

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