Truth be told, when I was invited to the first annual Arlington Farm To Table Dinner* I was SO excited because it was going to be my first farm to table experience. We were having a hot, dry spell at this time back in September but we were in luck. We woke up that morning to fog and rain… It was heaven. Autumn had arrived just in time. So, Chris and I got ready and made our way over to Foster Farms (a beautiful pumpkin patch – even more Fall dreams coming true) ready for whatever the night had in store.
When we first arrived we were given the choice of beer, wine or non-alocholic and then our choice of chicken or beef. We were then given corresponding little note cards based on our choices. This was such a simple organizational tactic but I thought it was so cute, I mean look at those little things!
Chris and I sat quietly listening to soft sounds of the country folk band that was playing, the soft ebbing of conversation around us. We’re not especially socially outgoing people, but we still ended up making friends. It was hard not to. Something about the twinkling string lights and the other guests slowly dancing their way into the descending twilight.
By pure luck we ended up picking some great seats next to the owner’s of the farm and the sponsors who provided the dairy and cheese for that’s night dinner (I also lost my goat cheese virginity and it was like… a really life changing experience). Really, all of the food was amazing but my most notable favorites were the goat cheese (part of a salad dish), everything about the beef entree including the amazing tzatsiki sauce, and the berry crumble pie for dessert.
After the swoon worthy dinner, and after the truly lovely company, the best part of the entire night is that every single one of the stunning bouquets lining the dinner tables – was available to take home. So you can bet your you know what what I did upon hearing that? I hopped up and started scouring the tables for the perfect bouquet. Set and match! Found it and sat that baby on my bedside table.
This particular dinner benefited a portion of their proceeds to the Arlington Farmer’s Market to develop their SNAP program. For those of you who don’t know what SNAP is, it’s essentially a low income food assistance program and while it’s a great program it doesn’t give it’s users a lot of flexibility to provide healthy wholesome options for their families. But by extending it to our local farmer’s market families on SNAP will be able to use it not only to provide healthier options but also while supporting their local family farms. It’s a win win.
If you’re a PNW local and interested in attending next year’s event make sure to follow the city’s Facebook Page!