When our friend Walker Claridge isn’t crafting one of his famous mojitos at the Sycamore bar, he can be found at The Root Cellar, a community-based grocery store and cafĂ© that he owns with his partner Kimberly Griffin. The Root Cellar offers locally-grown produce, meats, cheeses, eggs and too many made-in-Missouri products to list here. Walker is the go-between for many of our seasonal homegrown produce needs, enabling us to shop from the dozens of independent sustainability-minded farmers and foragers that supply his store. Please visit their website, learn more, stop by the store and let them know what a boon they are to our community.

We’ve been delighted to serve Goatsbeard Farm cheeses throughout the summer and fall. Ken and Jenn Muno operate the only cheese-producing goat dairy in Missouri, just 30 minutes northwest of Columbia. Their handmade farmstead cheeses include a variety of fresh, soft-ripened and aged styles that have all appeared on our menus. For more information, visit them at their website.

We’re also proud to serve the pork products of Patchwork Family Farms, a group of 15 independent Missouri family hog farmers who promote environmental stewardship and sustainable growing practices. God bless the pig and his products!

And, of course, please support the Columbia Farmers’ Market, recently awarded “Farmers’ Market of the Year” by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The market is held mid-March through November at 1701 West Ash Street.

If you enjoy the photography permanently displayed at Sycamore, check out L.G. Patterson’s website, Recess, Inc. L.G. is an incredibly talented news, sports and portrait photographer who owns and operates a studio down the street from us. He also happens to be a pretty nice guy.

Another of our favorite photographers is Scott Myers. Scott’s photo “Sycamore” was chosen as the art for the poster commemorating the 2005 Columbia Festival of the Arts. We’re proud to display a beautiful color print of this beautiful image on the south wall of the restaurant. Thank you, Scott.

To learn more about Columbia’s independent retailers, COLORS is a non-profit organization that promotes the support of locally-owned businesses. Be sure to check out their community buying guide. Sycamore is also a member of The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown community of restaurants, live music, independent film, art galleries and eclectic shops. Discover the district!

More good things about Columbia… the We Always Swing Jazz Series, a community-based outfit promoting and producing a 10-concert series of world-class jazz shows featuring both national and international acts… the University Concert Series, whose schedule includes live music, plays, opera, dance and spoken word performances… the Ragtag Cinema, Columbia’s home for independent movies… the Blue Note, the District’s premier venue for live music, and their sister venue, Mojo’s.