This weekend we had the amazing opportunity to attend an Outstanding In The Field dinner hosted by Oxbow Farm. I have never wanted to live on a farm more than I do now! Pioneered by world known chef and artist Jim Denevan, Outstanding In The Field travels around the country hosting private dinners at local farms where city folk can come and get a true, organic taste of country life. They bring in a well known chef from the area to cook a six course meal using ingredients right from the farm, freshly picked that morning!
This particular dinner was nestled in the Snoqualimie River Valley, the heart of Washington farmland. Upon arriving we were all given a tour of the beautiful farm and heard from the farmers themselves about how they grow and supply Seattle with some of the finest organic and biodynamic produce. We then ventured to an extremely long, beautifully set table where we enjoyed the warm sun, local wines, good friends and of course a farm fresh dinner.
Although several courses, the dinner was light and so refreshing, mainly consisting of fresh fruit and veggetables, which we are eating a lot of these days :)
Oil poached tuna with raw beets, summer squash, sheep's milk feta & rose.
Long cooked beet & dandelion greens, yakima chickpeas, pickled carrot and coriander leaf salad.
Grilled whole apricots with thistle honey and fresh tayberries.
The whole meal was such a blessing! My heart was so full as I sat there and realized that all of this food had been purposefully and intentionally farmed. These farmers aren't in it for the money they are in it for the community, for their family, for Seattle and for us! Oh if only we could eat like this everyday... sitting outside enjoying the fruit of our hands!
I encourage all of you to go check out Outstanding In The Field to see if they are coming to a farm near you! If you attend one of their dinner's you will not just leave with a full tummy, you will leave with a thankful heart full of grattitude and humility as you witness the hard work and determination the these farmers pour into their land and food.
Lynn and Terry, thank you SO very much for treating us to such a special night! I will never forget it.