P. Allen Smith has been known to audiences for almost 20 years from his gardening show on PBS and known to us for his style and passion for farming. We first met him 5 years ago when we created The Art of Farming–a special charity auction of heirloom vegetables on the floor of Sotheby’s in NYC.
To celebrate the release of the
Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook (and our first trip to Arkansas), he threw a dinner party at his home, the beautiful Moss Mountain Farm.
Moss Mountain Farm is 300 years old, but P. Allen Smith built his “green” house just 7 years ago taking special pains to make the house look like it had been in the place for centuries.
Allen’s passion is his heritage birds. He’s created a conservancy to help preserve a large number of breeds
Sheep grazing in a field
These two are BFFs. They are inseperable.
Allen is best known for his beautiful gardens.
This garden house was built on a metal frame covered by burlap. Pumpkin vines crawl across it creating a beautiful autumn scene
The back porch of the house overlooks the Arkansas River
In the foyer
All dressed up for the party
In the invite, guests were asked to wear gingham—and they did!
A beautiful table set beneath a 300 year old oak tree
Everyone is ready to eat!
People drove from Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri
After dinner, Allen interviewed us about the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook for his radio show.
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook
We saw Allen pull 4 blackberry cobblers out of the oven for dessert. It was served with a choice of peach or caramel ice cream.