August 9, 2010

A Genuine Farm Dinner in Madison

One man and a truck at Barberry Hill Farm in Madison cooking for 150 people, yes I flocked to one of the many Dinner at the Farm meals.  Dinner was prepared by Chef Jonathan Rapp of the River Tavern in Chester, CT.  On a side note, I ate at the River Tavern years ago and have dreamed of going back it's just a hike from Norwalk.  I bought our tickets back in March anticipating a CT summer bounty that the farm would yield.  Before I even had a seed planted I was dreaming of fresh picked tomatoes still warm from the afternoon sun to be served with some sort of fresh cheese (which was one of the courses).  These dinners have become an important part to the CT farmers who host the dinners.  Once a state rich in farmland, CT (farm) land has been stripped replaced with industry and homes.  All of the food served at the dinner was either grown on the farm or fished from the sound.  Proceeds from the event go to  CitySeed, Connecticut Farmland Trust and Working Lands Alliance
The evening began with a cocktails and a mix of piping hot fritters, fried chicken and a walk around the farm.

We strolled through the fields but came back quick to get fresh apps from the back of the truck.
I couldn't tell if there were 10 people or 100, every dish come out seconds from being cooked.
Yes, it is a real working farm complete with chickens, sheep, bunnies & a baby cow.
There are also fields of gorgeous flowers that welcome you as you drive into the farm.
We were called to the table via a cow bell.  The starter, a mix of fruit including tomatoes was topped with a beautiful light dressing.  Sitting family style we were paired with people from NY to MA.
Fresh squid & scallops from the sound.  Each course was appropriately filling and gave a taste as to what was in season that day.
For a romp off the beaten path farm dinners are a welcome distraction to city dwellers & a reminder of what CT really has to offer.


  1. This looks like a truly wonderful day/evening. I've always wanted to go to a farm dinner (there are quite a few offered in MA) but haven't yet had the chance to do it. This only intensifies my desire!

  2. I am envious. It looks like a wonderful experience. I have been reading about these and wanted to attend one. After reading your post and seeing your photos, I need to move farm dinner up on my list of things to do.

  3. Looks like a great event, love all your photos:)