So much has been happening here on the farm, my apologies for not keeping up! I have opened up the blog for our employees to contribute, but so far, no takers. Perhaps once we slow down a bit more the prose will pour from them.
A quick review, with most recent events first, will at least get you caught up.
This year's Barn Stomp was amazing! With a vegetable-rich menu from Art of the Table, Dustin drew a crowd. People are still stopping me to complement the food.
Dustin, Phil and Laurie started in our farm kitchen on Thursday afternoon, trimming, peeling, sauteing, and filling our house with the most heavenly scents. It was nearly impossible to keep from lingering in the doorway, seeing what they were up to. I suddenly became aware of the perspective of my ever-present, ever-hungry labrador, Ed, who tries hard not to look like he's begging for a taste.
The pigs arrived on Friday morning, and Dustin, Phil and Tom (our gracious neighbor, who raised the pigs on his farm) dressed them and prepared them for the rotisserie.
Saturday brought it all together, with the complete menu:
Caramelized Onion Toasts
Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad with Black Sheep Creamery Ricotta
Corn, Chanterelles, Green Beans & Chard with Hazelnuts
Fingerling potatoes with Garlic, Shallot & Lemon
Grilled Zucchini with Leek Vinaigrette
Boistfort Valley Farm slaw
Local Coho Salmon on the Grill
Spit Roasted Pig
Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting
We topped off all the great food with live music: three local Bluegrassy bands kept the beat and escorted us into the evening:
The Blackberry Bushes
The Tilted Stilts
As the music started, the Blackberry Bushes had everyone's toes tapping, even with full plates on their laps.
Natalina couldn't get enough, and when I jokingly said that we should do this every night, she emphatically responded "YEAH!"