2011 Spring Fresh Feast on the Farm

Posted by  | May 10, 2011  at 5:12 PM  

April 30, 2011, the first "Fresh Feast" of 2011 was held at Marty and Carol Kable's Elmwood Farm in Ranson, WV. The muti-course menu for the evening featured items ranging from smoked trout to scalloped potatoes, to peach blueberry crisp--the foods were traditional, but with a twist.

Kerry and Josh Bennett
The dinner was held in a newly constructed machinery building, that was filled with perfectly set tables complete with sparkling white linens. Judging from the glistening green of the John Deere, it looked as if even the machinery was washed and dressed for the dinner party. Since Elmwood Farm is a fully functioning farm, the evening included a tour and brief tutorial on the workings of the business. It gave guests a chance to learn how some of the equipment framing the dining area actually functioned, and appreciate a few of the many advances that have been made in the agricultural industry.

The non-profit for this feast was the H. Hart Bennett Foundation, which received 20% of the profits from the evening, as the Kables donated their 10% (which they received for hosting the event) to the foundation. The foundation supports various youth farming programs in Jefferson County including 4-H and FFA. The Bennett family was in attendance, and as Hart's father, Chip Bennett, spoke of establishing the foundation, he took the crowd from tears of laughter to tears of sorrow to tears of hope. It was incredible to see a group of family, friends, and strangers share such strong emotions.

As the dinner drew to a close and the coffee was served, there was no doubt in anyone's mind that they had dined for a very worthwhile cause that evening.

More pictures from the 2011 Spring Fresh Feast, as well as the full menu, after the break.

2011 Spring Menu

Smoked Trout Ball
Aqua Green & Meadow Green Garm

Salsa & Chips
Rivas Salsa de Mexico

Spinach Dip & Bread
Slaynt Vie Farm & Fresh Feast on the Farm

Braided Bread
Fresh Feast on the Farm

Garden Salad
New Hope Farm, Slaynt Vie Farm,
and Sunnyside Farm & Orchard

Honey French Dressing
Tudor Hall Farm Market

Rosemary Mustard Glazed Pork Loin
Gruber Farms

Scalloped Potatoes
Tudor Hall Farm Market

Fresh Asparagus
Tudor Hall Farm Market

Pink Blush Applesauce
Orr's Farm Market

Peach Blueberry Crisp
Sunnyside Farm & Orchard
& Kilmer's Farm Market

Black Dog Coffee
Black Dog Coffee Company

Memaw Mints
Fresh Feast on the Farm