Saturday brought 200 folks to the old Honor Farm to eat, drink, and learn about the amazing people and places that make the food we enjoy. Appetizers were served at Steve Sprinkel's place, where people enjoyed wine from Old Creek Ranch, and pixie tangerines, while meeting the other guests.
Then we tromped on over to the Rio Gozo Mainstage, where we got a guided tour of the crops and an explanation of the amazing complexity that goes into managing a plot well enough to provide a weekly box of veggies to 60 families, without say, giving them only broccoli for a month.
The fields were gorgeous. The potatoes look promising, as do the zucchini and the tomatoes. Summer is coming!
Dinner was luscious. Tim Kilcoyne, a regular buyer from Rio Gozo, and the head of the Sidecar in Ventura put together a magnificent meal. His roasted fennel with fennel confit was amazing. We are asking if he will provide us with some of the recipes soon!
The number of times I found myself telling another guest, "It's CSA. It stands for Community Sponsored Agricuture," blew my mind. I was amazed at how many food lovers had absolutely NO IDEA that you could subscribe to a farm. We found ourselves talking a lot about the choice to commit to a CSA, and getting a lot of positive feedback!