The farm to table dinner series at Colby Farm is such a poignant reminder of the circle of life, and the inter-connectedness of food. As with any circle, it is difficult to determine where it starts and where it ends, but I am able to connect many dots along the way.
Liz and JR at Colby Farm are raising the chicken, pork, eggs and produce. They also grow the sunflowers on Greenbelt’s Hiller Field that people and honey bees come from far and wide to see. The Colby Farm chickens live at Artichoke Dairy. Bruce from Artichoke Dairy raises dairy cows. The dairy cows eat spent grain from Steve at Riverwalk Brewing. Luca and Christina from Wolf Meadow Farms buy their milk from Artichoke Dairy, and make cheese by hand in Amesbury. Chef Paul from No. 8 Kitchen in Amesbury is creating the menu and using all of these products for a feast set out in the hayfield that overlooks the Common Pasture in Newbury where livestock has grazed for centuries. (I will spare the gentle reader the dissertation on fertilizer, but I think you know how that one ends.)
Even with this many dedicated people in our own little backyard, it astounds me that only 2% of the US population are farmers. I hope you will join me in thanking them for the food we eat.