Who knew that farm dinners would get so intense?! I know there's a mission involved, but man, it's just dinner, yeah? That's why I'm psyched that Monica Walch created Dinner On The Farm with accessible, affordable, family-friendly and hello: FUN events.
Last year more than 200 people ambled out to Bruce Bacon's Garden Farme in Ramsey to tour gardens, eat some local grillables with Birchwood chef Marshall Paulson, and drink some locally made Summit Brews and Prairie Organic Vodka. There was grillin' and chillin' with picnic blankets, live music, a full moon, and even some tents. That's EXACTLY how I wanna hang with some farmers.
This year, the June event sold out in, like, two seconds flat! They're doing a Father's Day fish camp thing at Bullfrog Fish Farm in Menomonie. The lucky will be spending a lazy day fishing, followed by a farm tour and a shore lunch of grilled trout, capped with s'mores by the firepit.
The July 25th event was just posted, so you better get hauling. The site is Turnip Rock Farm in New Auburn, Wisconsin, and there's a fantastic twist: the chef is Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek and the feast will be Thai-style, featuring produce and pastured pork from the farm. There will be live music and a bonfire to end the night, and all the merriment can be had for the measly price of $45 for adults, $10 for children under 12, and free for the under five set.
And here's a sneak peek: put August 8th on your calendar for the Thousand Hills Cattle Company dinner on Todd Churchill's farm in Cannon Falls. You've heard the name, may have seen the product, now you can get down with the cows and see firsthand how sustainability works. The menu will feature 100 percent natural grass-fed beef and seasonal sides with produce from neighboring farms. More details to come, but same awesome price deal as July.