Last week I got to experience on of the now famous Dinners at the Farm (www.dinnersatthefarm.com). What a truly magical evening it was at the Stanton-Davis Farm in Stonington CT. If you are not familiar with the Farm Dinners they are run by Jonathan Rapp of the River Tavern in Chester CT and Drew McLachlan of Feast in Deep River CT. These guys know how to cook and know good food. The premise of the dinners if to source locally produced meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables for the meal. The settings are rural farms where they set up a large tent and feed up to 100 guests. Everyone sits at the long tables under a magnificent tent. You meet lovely people along the course of the evening and may even bump into people you already know. I met a wonderful couple from Greenwhich CT and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
The dinners are benefits which also raise funds to support their non-profit partners. This particular dinner was to support the Stanton-Davis Farm and Homestead. Whit Davis the owner was a delight to meet. He's the 11th generation to farm this land first worked in 1654 until the present. They grow salt hay and various vegetables including ancestral Indian corn. Which by the way, was made into the most fabulous corn bread dessert at the dinner. Whit was a wealth of knowledge about farming and a genuine "fire cracker" of a guy in his red suspenders. The Homestead is the oldest house in Stonington and is in need of extensive renovations. Their goal is to eventually make it into a working agricultural museum.
We wish Dinners at the Farm the greatest of success this season and hope that many people take advantage of this unique opportunity to eat locally, support local farms and meet new friends.
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