How to Host a Farm-to-Table Meal


Scott Sporleder  

Photo: Scott Sporleder

Even if you can’t make it to one of The Ecology Center’s Community Table or Green Feast farm-to-table dinners, there are many ways to experience the magic of gathering people together and sharing seasonal food.

Source Your Ingredients Locally

Challenge yourself to source ingredients that are within 250 miles of you. Start with the basics (fruit, veggies, and bread) and branch out towards the more challenging staples (olive oil, dairy, and sweeteners). There are many great web resources like Local Harvest that will help you discover purveyors by zip code or ingredient. There, you can also find a listing of your local farmer’s markets.

Joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) is another great way to experience the seasons through produce. Search for a local CSA here.

Plan a Menu

The farmer’s market will be your first inspiration. Browse your local market to see what is in season and begin to set a theme for your menu. Speak to local farmers, purveyors, and sellers and ask them what they’re most excited about that week. Need a little more inspiration? Websites like Pinterest, All Recipes, and Epicurious will help you land on a few dishes that compliment your core ingredients.

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