Published February 26, 2014
Southern Living Magazine designated Greer Farm, located west of Daingerfield and down the path of a winding Morris County blacktop road, as “America’s Secret Farm Hideway.”Southern Living Magazine
Sid and Eva Greer’s grand plantation home dates back to the 1850s. The impressive home is surrounded by tall azaleas that have soft pink blooms that fill the air with color – and transport you away from our complex world and back to a time of peaceful simplicity.
Chef Eva Greer strives to incorporate this ambience when she presents an evening of celebration and relaxation for guests who have driven from as far away as Dallas and Houston to dine at the farm.
Eva says she likes to think of individual occasions “as artwork.”
She explains, “My goal is to allow guests to experience a unique evening … one prepared with their individual desires fulfilled. They are served refreshments while soft music plays in the conversation room and I prepare a special meal that they experience, not consume.”
Preparation begins the day before guests arrive. Fresh flowers from Eva’s flower gardens that grow throughout the grounds are carefully chosen, cut and arranged on the dining table as well as in the conversation room. In cold weather, a roaring fire warms the room and enhances the atmosphere. China, crystal and silver settings are properly placed on a linen tablecloth that covers the
large antique table.
While dinner guests are relaxing, laughing and enjoying friends or family, a choice of hors d’oeuvres is served - perhaps coconut shrimp with pineapple and apricot salsa or Belizean empanadas with salmon and onion relish. When Eva’s savory dinner entrées are ready to be presented, guests hear the gentle sound of a gong, and they know dinner is prepared.
First, guests are served a salad – a spring mix with pecan meringues and honey balsam vinaigrette or a spinach salad with hot citrus dressing. The main entrée with two sides follows – perhaps Tournedos Voronoff with flamed cognac and Madeira wine sauce (a 6- to 8-ounce beef tenderloin steak), with rosemary and roasted garlic mashed potatoes or crispy almond chicken with lemon green onion sauce with roasted asparagus spears. Of course, the meal would not be complete without a large slice of warm chocolate cake with homemade mint ice cream or Chef Eva’s special cheesecake with Greer Farm blueberry sauce.
Dinner guests are experiencing more than one of the finest prepared meals possible. The meal is also nutritious. Every dinner course is prepared with beef, chicken or pork that came from animals that were grass-fed on Greer farm pastures. In addition, fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested fresh whenever possible.
No pesticides, harmful chemicals or hormones are used on the pastures, gardens or animals. Beneficial insects and composting keep the food produced here healthy and protected.
Plans are also in the making to add sheep to the animal herds on the farm. “We often have guests who request lamb,” Eva explains.
The accommodations do not end with the meal experience. Four cozy cabins are located on the farm, and each faces an 11-acre lake. Guests can spend the entire weekend canoeing, kayaking or fishing on the lake. Avid anglers might also like to know that a 10-pound bass was reeled in from this body of water.
There also is a special experience available for those who love to cook on their own. They can choose a Farm to Fork Cooking Class weekend, pick blueberries and blackberries in the Greer gardens, and make their own shrimp cakes with blackberry chipotle and cilantro dipping sauce and blueberry fried pies. Classes are scheduled every month except December through 2014. A detailed description as well as dates can be accessed online at www.greerfarm.com.
Chef Eva Greer is a long way from her birthplace of Belize, a small costal country in Central America – which is located next to Mexico and Guatemala.
Eva and Sid have traveled and worked in countries throughout the world. But they have chosen to return to East Texas and love sharing their talents and their plantation home with friends – old and new. Families with children are welcome.