If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you may remember the Farm to Table Project. In 2013 I documented the growing season of Rhizosphere Farm, a small organic farm at the time, located in eastern Nebraska. At the end of that season, farmers Matt and Terra Hall, took a year off to find a permanent home and land so they could further pursue their dreams of sustainable farming and feeding their community.
After a lengthy search, a permanent home for the farm was found in Missouri Valley, Iowa. The 2014 growing season started off beautifully, and the first time I visited the farm’s new location I was in awe of the bounty in the fields. Matt and Terra, along with their assistants Nick and Jackie had the farm looking like they had been there for years, instead of months.
Unfortunately, it was a very stormy June here in the midwest. Shortly after my first visit to the farm it was hit by a hail storm that devastated the fields. Crops were ruined, a CSA was put on hold, as well as the farmers market stand. However, Rhizosphere Farm was not discouraged, and with a little help from friends of the farm, fields were replanted. Slowly, but surely they are making their way back.
Among the many plans Rhizosphere Farm had for their first season back, was a summer farm dinner. Guests were served food from the fields, along with locally sourced delicacies, prepared by local chefs Clayton Chapman (The Grey Plume) and Bryce Coulton (The French Bulldog). The dinner initially sold out, and then more seats were opened allowing 160 people to enjoy an amazing feast seated just feet from the field where it was grown.
If you ever have the opportunity to attend a farm dinner (no matter where you might live) I highly suggest it. The feast is served family style, so you share the meal with at least 4-5 other people. When you sit down to the table you may be strangers, but by the time you have dessert, you’ve made new friends.
I have SO many images to tell the story of the evening. Sit back and enjoy….