Thursday, July 26, 2007

It doesn't get any more local than this!

After six years of planning, dreaming, building, digging, sweating, bleeding, crying, laughing, and even dancing, we are finally producing enough food here on the farm to create whole meals for ourselves! Last night we and some friends indulged in a completely farm-generated meal. Every bit of the meal except the salt and pepper was either produced here on the farm or acquired from two other farms within a 7 mile radius by barter.

We roasted tomatillos, tomatoes, green chiles, and onions from our garden and blended them to make a salsa. There was no need for any additional seasoning.

Here is the salsa with greens and herbs.

We made our own butter from the milk that we get from our friend with the mini jerseys. Note the rich yellow color--that's from a grass fed milk cow!

We cooked potatoes from our garden with the herbs and butter.

Steamed the greens

And grilled lamb chops and beef from our pasture.

The result: Grilled beef and lamb with steamed greens, pan fried potatoes, and tomatillo salsa, garnished with beets and cilantro pesto (made earlier this season from our garden and frozen).

OK, I admit that the beverages were not produced on-farm, although the beer did come from a local microbrewery and the mint for the mojitos was from our partner CSA.


Alan Post said...

what an absolute dream come true!


~Crystal~DaikiniCrossroads said...

That's a mojito! I can smell it from RR! Congrats my friend...I know how much this means to you.

Candy Duell said...

Oh I know exactly how you feel. There is nothing more rewarding that what you wrote about. Isn't it fun! We did that one Thanksgiving everything was from the farm, except the coffee, and milk. What a nice day we had.

Christy said...

I'm late commenting, but wow that looks great! I can't wait to be making meals all from my own land.