Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Farm to Table Dinner

Recently we were  invited by our long time friend Rob Wood of Spoutwood Farm Center to a local farm to table dinner put on  by Dickinson College Farm.  Dickinson College Farm is a 50 acre working and educational farm that is certified organic.  The harvest is used in the dining hall and the farm has a Campus Supported Agriculture Program which feeds 130 families.  In addition, they maintain a farm stand at Carlisle's producer-only farmer's market and donates produce to the local food bank.  
In addition to visiting with organic farmers in the area like our friend Rob Wood and Mike Brownback of Spiral Path Farm we were treated to a fabulous fresh local food dinner. 
This annual event was held in the social hall of the Dickinson College student union.  The tables were set so pretty we didn't feel like we were on a college campus at all.   The extensive menu featured organic, local, fresh ingredients from the vibrant agricultural community of Pennsylvania.
The soups and salads included Kale and Apple Salad, Fresh Mixed Greens Salad, a thick delicious Vegetarian Chili and  a yummy Vegetarian French Onion Soup.
Above is the "Beet Bourguigon" one of the entrees along with Apple Stuffed Pork Loin.  Side dishes included Rustic Mash Potatoes, Stuffed Mushrooms, Roasted Root Vegetables and for dessert Sweet Potato Pie.

Following the meal we enjoyed a program presented by Forrest Pritchard, a Berryville, VA farmer and author of Gaining Ground his story of farmer's markets, local food and saving the family farm.


Marilyn said...

I just love the concept of farm to table meals. How wonderful for you to experience this special meal.

Angela McRae said...

This sounds like a fabulous dinner and program. The CSA groups around here have waiting lists ... lots of people wanting to get in on great, fresh food.