Vendor Spotlight: Burnt Toast Farms

Emma Frankart Henterly

Photo credit: courtesy Burnt Toast Farms

These days, it seems like rustic barn venues are a dime a dozen. They're popping up all over central Ohio, both in the city (like the Amelita Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington) to the suburbs (Everal Barn and Homestead in Westerville) to the rural barn venues that abound throughout Central Ohio and beyond.

So when Jason Eugene, proprietor of Burnt Toast Farms in Marysville, asked invited us to visit his establishment, we thought we knew what to expect. Boy, were we wrong.

For starters, Burnt Toast is one of the few barn venues we've seen that's on a working biodynamic farm. Jason and his parents, BJ and Donna Stephens, raise alpacas-they have 57-and there's a small chicken coop beside the house as well. Plans are in place to build an apiary in 2017 to pollinate the farm's flowers and produce.

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In fact, Burnt Toast has been a farm far longer than it's been a reception venue-BJ and Donna ran it purely as a farm for 10 years, until Jason moved home to help manage and expand the property's capabilities. They started hosting weddings earlier this year and are already booking for 2017 and 2018.

The venue itself is a hay barn during the week that on the weekend transforms into a lovely and perfectly rustic reception venue, complete with a chandelier, tables and chairs. Burnt Toast also has tents on hand to set up a ceremony or reception space in the spacious front yard or side field, if you prefer.

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Because it's primarily a working farm, Burnt Toast offers a pretty unique service: custom-grown flowers for your wedding day. Jason and his family will grow any blooms for your event at your request, so long as they're able to grow in Ohio in the requested time frame. You can even ask them to grow a limited amount of produce, for an appetizer, salad or side dish perhaps, to supplement your standard catering.

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We also love the property's 20 acres of versatile photo opportunities. From a marshy area with cattails and an open field of wildflowers to the alpaca grazing pasture and stately old trees with swings and benches underneath, your backdrop options are almost endless. Head to the back of the property for a nice wooded area, perfect for photos during the harsh light hours around noon. And if you cross the road, you can use the Marysville Upground Reservoir as another photo op.

Jason has a number of plans in place to further develop the property as a destination for weddings and other events, so we'll certainly keep an eye on Burnt Toast Farms in the coming months and years. We can't wait to see what's in store!

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