Dinner on the Farm in 2012

dinner on the farm

The tents are up, the field is mowed, the gigantic grill is here and 2 goats are in the cooler. Dinner on the Farm happens tomorrow! This company organizes local chefs to come out and cook a fabulous meal on the farm, using as many of the farm’s products as possible. There will be live music, local brews and a bonfire to cap off the evening. Even the fireflies are in “bloom” for this special event! Monica is a go-getter, putting together these events all summer and fall long. We’re really excited to see how it goes and enjoy ourselves as well.

We’ve been doing all our other tasks, but have made an extra effort to have everything look super awesome. Out in the field garden, where the dinner will be held, we’ve mulched the massive potato plants to beautious proportions, hoed and weeded the pinto beans, onions and leeks, and even littered the squash seedlings with rabbit poop for some flair, not that anyone would notice….

Honestly we haven’t done anything differently to prepare our farm for tomorrow. Just doing our best. The farm shines as it is, a well tended, well-oiled machine now. We’re surrounded by the majesty of rural Wisconsin, on 39 acres of unspoiled LTD farm land. It’s bound to be a wonderful experience for everyone attending.

 

ham and the dinner

There’s a delicious smell coming from the oven. We’re slow roasting a Lance ham. He was our Tamworth boar who (luckily) did not get us into the pig-raising business last summer. This ham weighs about 30 lbs, we brined it in sea salt for 30 days, then smoked it with apple wood for 12 hours. Then it was stashed in the freezer til a couple days ago. We will be feasting on amazing ham sandwiches for quite sometime. Farmers get some awesome perks.

Let me also tell you that Dinner on the Farm last night went PERFECTLY. We had a whole lot of company coming, and we made sure the farm looked great. The animals were all beautiful and healthy, cooperative and well behaved. Andrew even mowed the paths for walking, instead of the deer trail type paths we had winding around to our various chore spots. Andrew’s mom made a very sweet display highlighting our farm products, featuring beautiful farm sketches and silhouettes she made. Arly is the bomb!

We were very nervous things would not work out well. I mean we were hosting it, not setting it up at all. There is always the risk of being guilty by association, and a poorly organized event being held on our farm could have had dire consequences for our reputation. There were a few episodes leading up to the evening that could have been indicating a potential fail. But nope, it was choreographed beautifully by Monica. She cut us a check right away too, which was another thing we’d worried about. Basically we rented the farm to her for the event, and they bought various ingredients from the farm for the meal.

The slow roasted goat, boneless and rolled up with cider-caraway kraut inside was tender and delicious. Knowing our two kid goats lived very good lives before they were harvested, and telling everyone about the circle of life on a farm made the meal even more special. Everyone was happy and drinking beer and enjoying themselves. The farm tour was crazy since there were quite a few people. Everyone meandered along as we pointed out various things, we talked about our farm and the garden and how we and the animals provide so much food for so many, while nourishing our soil.

 

As our 3 baby goats bounced on the hay bales and played with the kids there, I milked the goats for a big audience! Then it poured. Monica had a tent rented just in case, so grateful for that! Thankfully, the sun came out, the accordion band started to play & chevre cheesecake was served for dessert, baked in individual 1/2 pint jars- adorable. We’d totally do it again- but there were a few not so cool things that happened which I’ll leave out. If you are thinking of doing an event like this, I can let you know what they were and how you can avoid them- just message me.

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