We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to hold our first farm dinner and wine tasting. Sunny September skies and a slight chill in the air proved the perfect autumn backdrop this past Sunday.
John, one of the three farm partners, manned the kitchen while Sharon and Emily led guests on a tour of the farm. The tour was complete with animal pageantry. Our billy goat Apollo put on a show for the crowd, leading his fellow goats down the proverbial catwalk of the grassy field so that all could snap a few photos of their handsome hides.
And our feathered friends got to demonstrate how fast they could to devour a bowl of tomato scraps. Let’s just hope that the guinea hens forget the taste of tomatoes by next summer when they will be charged with eating the bugs off the plants and not the plants themselves!
For appetizers we served grilled peppers (banana and jalapeño) stuffed with chevre, followed by a pumpkin soup. The main course offerings were representative of the current seasonal transition with both summer and fall flavors: tomato basil salad, roasted butternut squash and apples with rosemary, linguine and basil pesto, jalapeño corn pudding, and pan roasted chicken!
Desert was pure inspiration from above. It being nut season (have you noticed that the acorns this year are especially bountiful!?), we grilled apples with cheddar and dressed them with the pecans that fell from the trees above our heads. And all was paired with wines from Rogers Ford.
Not bad for a Sunday afternoon in September.
But things at the farm and in the soil are winding down. (Peppers are still plentiful though…) We’ve already begun to plow some fields under and let them rest for the winter months. For the remaining three weeks of the season we’ll be providing more apples and other items from local farms.
Also as our email this week mentioned, for those who receive shares on Saturday, we are shifting the remaining Saturday deliveries to Sunday in order to avoid some of the traffic snarls we’ve run into recently. Times and locations will remain the same otherwise. Email Emily or Sharon if this is going to be a problem for you.
Lastly, thanks to everyone for your support during the season for our pet insurance reviews. We will be sending out a survey to get your feedback on what worked well and what we could improve upon as we begin to make plans for the 2013 summer CSA! So stay tuned.