Farm to Table 2011

Man, I just love this concept! What’s more fun than eating on a farm? Eating food from that farm picked hours before, that’s what!

Last year the manfriend and I attended our first farm to table dinner at the Ollin Farms in Longmont and had a blast. So we decided to do it again this year. Same date (no better way to celebrate the Summer Solstice), some of the same people (some new ones), and another great gustatory experience.

They’ve also made some changes this year. A new wood structure replaces the large tent we sat under last year. And you can now take a tractor driven hay ride down to the dinner instead of walking. It’s pretty cute!

Mixed greens, spinach, artichokes, cherry tomatoes, feta, Bermuda onions, and Greek dressing

Chicken Mirabella (bone-in chicken braised in olive oil, Spanish olives, dried plums, bay leaf, capers, brown sugar, and white wine), slow roasted meat and napa cabbage rolls, polenta with warm cream and Gorgonzola, sauteed kale and carrots

Strawberry and rhubarb cobbler with balsamic gelato

Our appetizer was lasagna de pesto, buttered baguette with shaved radish and Hakurei turnips, and a sauteed mix of dell mushrooms, asparagus and hon tsai tai. The lack of photo is due to my crummy camera, which did this no justice at all.

I think this is going to be one of the easiest-to-maintain annual traditions I’ve ever tried to start! If you decide to go, just a heads up that tickets go fast. Three of the six dinners for this summer are already sold out.

Photo credits to Elizabeth Lock. My camera crapped out and she was gracious enough to help me out. I’m so appreciative!

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