Table Talk

Table Talk: July 6–12

This week: A bar for dogs and dog lovers, learn to make cheese at Terrell Creek Farms and a new cigar bar in downtown Springfield.

By Megan Dollar

Jul 06 2021 at 8 a.m.

Shutterstock photo of making cheese
Photo courtesy ShutterstockLearn to make your own cheese at Terrell Creek Farm.

Learn How to Make Your Own Cheese

Your journey to becoming a world-class cheesemonger is about to get started. Local dairy farm, Terrell Creek Farms, is hosting a one-day cheese making class in Fordland this Friday. Starting at 10 a.m., farmers Lesley and Barry Million will teach students how to make three different varieties of goat’s milk cheese.

The course costs $75 to attend and class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. Additionally, because the course will be held indoors, students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If you’ve ever dreamed of making your own cheese, this is the class to attend. You’ll leave Fordland Friday afternoon with the skills and knowledge necessary to make cheese at home!

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A Dog Lover’s Paradise

Are you a dog person? Do you love food? Springfield’s new Bark Yard is the place for you. Bark Yard is “a unique gathering place for dogs and dog people.” The off-leash dog park sits on 3.5 acres of land, just east of Highway 65, and features mulched walking trails, mature trees and separate areas for large and small dogs. Day passes and membership options, as well as doggy day care and boarding prices, can be found online at

If you’re a dog-less dog lover, you can still enjoy Bark Yard as much as all the puppy parents. Bark Yard’s bar is open to the public and serves sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, salads, appetizers, desserts and an assortment of beers. There’s a kids menu and a pup cup, too! From the patio, visitors can enjoy snacks and booze while watching the pups play and interact.

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Jamaican Patty Co. Expands

Jamaican Patty Co. has been serving their tasty hand pies and Jamaican cuisine from a food truck and small storefront since 2018. Now, they’re taking over the space next door to that storefront to expand seating and add on a small market. Additional space will allow for more seating on-site and expanded meal offerings. The market will sell traditional Jamaican groceries and favorites, like Ting soda and more.

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A Cigar Bar to Open in Downtown Springfield

A local veteran-owned cigar bar will be opening in the old Falstaff’s location on Park Central West, according to reporting from the Springfield News-Leader. Tabak Co., set to open later this summer, will be a cigar and whisky bar that will offer coffee and a variety of food, too. Due to city guidelines, smoking will only be allowed outside on the front patio. Owners told the News-Leader that they plan to add a back patio, too.