Millsap Farm is a 20-acre farm located just a few minutes north of Springfield. In addition to the CSA which you can read more about here, Millsap Farm has a Thursday Night Pizza Club. This Pizza Club features wood-fired pizzas that are cooked in the farm's handmade Horno wood-fired earthen oven and baked at 800 degrees. And they offer three different pizzas topped with their very own seasonal produce, plus a cheese pizza option.
Again, we have heard incredible reviews about Thursday Night Pizza Club, but never tried it out until this past Thursday night. Why, you ask?? Well, Robert doesn't like pizza and I don't like "weird" pizza. We're a Pizza Hut style with regular pizza toppings pizza kind of family. Add to that the fact that we don't like hot weather—especially eating hot pizza by a hot oven in the heat of summer. And that's exactly why we've never been. But some of our really good friends, and I mean REALLY good friends, invited us to Pizza Club. So we reluctantly obliged, but only because we're really good friends.
Going into the evening, our expectations were very low. We expected to be eating mediocre cheese pizza in the sweltering heat and had even established a "safe word" which would signal when it was time to get the heck out. But our evening didn't go as planned. The experience turned out to be amazing. (At least it was for me!)
When we arrived at Millsap Farm, we were amazed by the number of people in attendance. The website said that Pizza Club was popular and sells out, but people say a lot of things on the internet that aren't true. We even got there 10 minutes early and had to stand in a long line. Although we had to wait for a while, the atmosphere was so welcoming that it took our minds off the long line. It was fun watching kids play freely and checking out the surrounding produce. It reminded me of my childhood and more carefree times.
After paying for our meals and getting our plates, we found a secluded area in the back of the picnic area and set up camp. It was cool, shaded, and looked like a fairy tale forest (fireflies, outdoor string lights, and live music may have contributed to the ambience 😉).
Robert got in the pizza line for us and loaded us up with every type of pizza. I expected to only be eating the cheese, but I tried every single type and came away with a new favorite—Seeing Green. The Seeing Green pizza was smothered with homemade pesto, red onions, Portobello mushrooms, and cheese. I ate more slices than I'd care to admit and have already asked Millsap for their pesto recipe!
Another highlight of the evening was getting to watch the pizza making process. The farm had a whole crew of people rolling out pizza dough, adding toppings, and firing the pizzas. From the baking process to the outdoor seating, the entire evening felt like a big, community dinner that made strangers feel more like friends and where kids could experience old fashioned fun.
Our evening was cut short due to bad weather, but our experience at Thursday Night Pizza Club was one for the record books. It reminds me of a song from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood that Audrey likes to sing, "You gotta try new foods 'cause they might taste goo-ood. So-oo good." And that's exactly what happened. Thursday Night Pizza Club left my tastebuds watering and me anxious to make our next reservation! It was an evening to be thankful for community, food, family, and good friends who convinced us to try something new.