The Farmer’s Daughter is owned and operated by Ann Keener and Mike Mayo.
Ann is The Farmer’s Daughter. When she was a young lass, she and her family moved out to the Sequatchie Valley. By the time Ann turned 13, Sequatchie Cove Farm was beginning to bloom and grow. There she learned to milk a cow, pick beans, and developed a deep understanding and love for fresh seasonal food. After leaving the farm, Ann attended Ballymaloe Cookery School’s certification course in Ireland, and traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to hunt down the illusive mole sauces of the mountains.
Mike Mayo hails from Nashville, Tennessee where he grew up with his father’s independently owned office furniture business.
Ann and Mike held “underground” dinners throughout the fair city of Chattanooga for 4 years before opening their restaurant. These moving feasts were hosted in homes, studios, and occasionally a coffee roaster’s and they always featured the best of the season, whether it was a soup of wild nettles from Alexzanna Farm, or Sequatchie Cove Farm lamb ribs rubbed with Velo Coffee. The dinners always incorporated functional art made by local potters and glassblowers- donated for use during the dinner, and available for purchase.
Ann and Mike believe that the future economy depends on conscious consumerism and that the bowl you sip your soup from is just as important as the soup. The Farmer’s Daughter is the resting place for these dinners, where Ann and Mike hope to grow and share their appreciation and love for the local economy of food.
You can visit their restaurant at 1211 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga or find their delicious baked goods and thoughtfully prepared meal accompaniments at the Main St Farmers Market nearly every Wednesday.