Saturday, September 5, 2009
Farm to Table Fundraiser
Out in the fields
My environmental committee, locally known as the Green Team, recently hosted the only local farm to table event in our bucolic corner of the White Mountains.
Village Trolley takes visitors from farm to farm.
This annual event, our second, was designed to highlight the importance of eating locally grown food, a concept originally championed on the West Coast by Alice Waters. Per person tickets were $125 including an optional four farm tour, pre-dinner cocktails made with locally distilled Cold River Vodka, a four course menu prepared exclusively with locally produced vegetables, fruit, farm raised meat, poultry and dairy products. Local wines were served with each course; after dinner local cheeses and port completed the meal.
The family farm tours were of great interest. Each family highlighted their special crops, their particular sustainable farming methods, rotational planting, water saving methods, animal husbandry, etc. People could buy product, play with animals, view sheep dogs at worki, get up close and personal with animals, learn more about how food can be grown in a healthy, sustainable and chemically free manner and why it's important to buy local.
We hosted 100 happy diners in a huge tented dining area out on the farm fields enhanced by music, dancing and great food prepared by four local chefs.
Individually designed adirondack chairs were auctioned off for charity in our "Art A Ron Dack" auction. Chairs were purchased by sponsors and designs were done by local artists who donated their talent.
Three of the forty artistically designed Adirondacks