Homestead Manor opens Harvest restaurant, event barn for Thompson’s Station farmer’s market


Homestead Manor opens Harvest restaurant, event barn for Thompson’s Station farmer’s market

The Homestead Manor on Wednesday opened two of its main attractions to the public for the first time, an event barn for the Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market and the Harvest at Homestead restaurant.

The Homestead Manor on Wednesday opened two of its main attractions to the public for the first time, an event barn for the Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market and the Harvest at Homestead restaurant.

Outdoor Encounter Director Rebecca Wynd announced in March the decision to relocate vendors from the parking lot near the corner of Thompson’s Station Road and Columbia Pike, to Homestead Manor’s event barn. Workers finished the barn in time for Wednesday morning with vendors, shoppers and live music.

“It’s great to have the farmer’s market open for its first day in the completed barn,” owner Andy Marshall said. “This is a great atmosphere and a great setting for the conclusion of what has been a long journey.”

Marshall acquired the 1819-era historic manor property last October, and since that time his family and staff have been busy readying a farm-to-table restaurant.

Wynd said she was gratified to see her vendors finally get moved into the event barn after a month on the manor’s front gravel driveway.

“This move is going to increase business greatly for us,” Wynd said. “Andy has been so gracious to let us be here for our farmer’s market. It’s truly a win-win situation both for Outdoor Encounter and for Homestead Manor. Their mission is very much in line with ours and it all makes for a great partnership.”

In addition to fresh local produce and meats from area farmers, the market features local crafts, homemade breads and sweets, and even lemonade and teas. Food trucks also will be there.

“We presently have about 25 vendors, and their daily cap for participating is $20 which we waive if they take in less than $25. So it’s really more about providing a destination event for this community through Outdoor Encounters. There is a long waiting list of other vendors wanting to get in here but this is the size we want to be. We don’t want to be huge, we just want to provide quality and variety.”

To that end, Wynd said she is considering starting a rotation of craft vendors soon rather than having the same offerings every week.

“When you buy anything here, the money is going back to the community. The proceeds collected from vendors and the sale of Outdoor Encounter tote bags go toward our mission to improve the quality of life of those around us by providing outdoor recreation in natural spaces.”

Jason Woody, of Snow Creek Farm in Santa Fe, said the move into the barn Wednesday boosted his previous business.

“I already had people in here shopping as I was setting up at 11 a.m.,” he said. “It’s been much busier than I saw in June.”

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @springhillhmpg.

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