Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Outstanding in the Field, again

Last Sunday (which just happened to be Mike's birthday), we went to another Outstanding in the Field event. If you recall, we went to one in Minnesota on July 31. This one was held at Jolie Vue Farm, which is where we get our monthly meat delivery from. This truck is part of the the Grass Fed Express, but I doubt that it actually makes 60+ mile trek into town.

It was HOT outside, so you can see why everyone was trying to huddle in the shade while Jim Denevan gave his talk.

This is the herd of cows whose off-spring make their way into our freezer.

After eight months with their mothers, these guys have it made in the shade while they fatten themselves up native grasses.

And here is where the pigs live, out in the forested areas.

One of the two heritage breeds, Berkshires and Durocs, that are raised here.

Some of the prep work being done to serve dinner to 150 out in the middle of the farm field.

The menu...

Roasted pig noses (they tasted better than they looked!)

Chilled cushaw squash soup with arugula pesto & purple hull pea crostini

Goat tamales in banana leaves

Grilled Gulf whole snapper with chile glaze, squash, radishes & field peas

Crispy roasted pork belly, apples & red cabbage

Toasted, herbed cornmeal poundcake, goat cheese mousse, blueberry compote and butternut squash, spicy walnut & sage macaroons.

Quite a different menu from the event in Minnesota, but that's what locavorism is all about! The food was all great, even the pig noses and tails, but hopefully next year they will hold this event in late October instead of September, when the chance of cooler weather is more likely.

1 comment:

texcinlulu said...

Looks interesting.
Mostly good but I wouldn't be able to get past the pig noses.Looks like hairs coming out of one of them. Ugh!
What about the piggy tails?