Museum to hold farm-to-table event

Fabulous Friday at Imagination Station

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This month’s Fabulous Friday at the Imagination Station focuses on farm-to-table dining, focusing on local foods, why it is important to grow and purchase foods locally, and how to grow and cook organic produce.

Fabulous Friday is 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the science museum located at 224 E. Nash St. Admission is free.

Guests will be Simply Natural Creamery, award-wining North Carolina chef Mike Moore and local family farmer Jason Bissette of Zackly-Rite Farms of Wilson.

Visitors will also be able to plant their own seeds to sprout, with and without dirt, learning from the Imagination Station educators.

Simply Natural Creamery will be taking ice cream for all to sample. Simply Natural is owned and operated by Neil and David Moye, and Neil’s wife, Jackie, and their three children. When the children were young, the Moyes wanted them to learn about livestock and how to properly work with and care for them. They picked Jersey cows because they were more docile for the kids to work with and they provided higher quality milk. As the children grew older, the Moyes’ love for Jersey cows did as well. The cows roam, graze and lounge naturally in their pastures. They eat food grown at the farm.

The Moyes wanted to be able to provide others with a local, natural product, and Simply Natural Creamery was born.

Mike Moore will be guest speaker at 4 p.m. and will be teaching how to choose and prepare fresh, local ingredients. Originally from Wilson, Moore relocated to Asheville from San Francisco in 2005 after spending two years of culinary training in various San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants utilizing farm-to-table ingredients.

Moore cooked and worked as chef in many Asheville and western North Carolina area restaurants including The Market Place Restaurant, Lomo Grill, Eagles Nest Foundation and The Admiral. In 2011 Moore and wife Darlene founded the popular Blind Pig Supper Club.

In 2018, Moore opened the current AUXBar in Asheville as well as relaunched the new Carolina Cheese Co. in Wilson.

Jason Bissette of Zackly-Rite Farms in Wilson will be at the museum to talk about how to grow food. The two major crops at Zackly-Rite Farms are sweet potatoes and cotton, but Jason Bissette also has a large organic vegetable garden for family use.