“Hello. My name is Marlow. Will write for food.”
Today I was lucky enough to be a Foodie Correspondent for Foodbuzz at a local food event! The event was sponsored by our local Slow Food branch, Slow Food Triangle, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and the Orange County Cooperative Extension. The event was the 2009 Farm to Fork Picnic; a celebration of local foods and the folks who provide them.
The picnic was held at W.C. Breeze Farm in the northern part of Orange County. The organizers cleared out an entire field, and I really was surprised by how many people were there. Although, I shouldn’t be surprised. I’m very lucky to be living in an area where local food is not only supported, but it’s almost obvious. Everyone shops the farmer’s market; all the restaurants use local, seasonal produce. It’s exactly why the Triangle was named Bon Appétit magazine’s “Foodiest Small Town” in October last year.
There were booths set up all along the outside of the field. Each table paired a different farm with a local chef. The chefs were chosen from all over the Triangle area of NC. As I looked down the list of chefs, I realized that these were not only the most fancy restaurants around, but I have them all on my “Let’s go there” list. There were 30 chef-farmer pairings; plus an entire section of Craft Food, where the exact person who made it served me.
There were many booths, that while they looked delicious, they weren’t gluten free friendly. But don’t feel sorry for me. I had plenty to fill me up!!
It was a great way to start the day! Visually stunning and the perfect palate cleanser! It was not only fun to eat, but light and refreshing. It was the perfect first bite.
The absolute best!!! The shrimp was prepared perfectly!
The sauce was light and refreshing. The bok choy was tender and tasty.
Holy wood smoked! Most potato salads in NC are drenched in mayo, but not this offering! I was curious as to what the basil would bring about in the dish, but I barely noticed it. The buttery Yukon Gold potatoes paired perfectly with the onion and pickled fennel.
My other favorite table was a matching of Teikei Farm and Foster’s Market.
This is the second time I’ve eaten pickled yellow squash. The first was a few years back and the squash was pickled with cumin. Today the squash was pickled with lime and basil. Fresh and delicious! I could eat these everyday!
After the first round of tables, I was feeling good. I had a glass of water and perused the next round. Most of them were not offering gluten free options, but they looked great! So I stopped by my last two savory tables.
Sweet and savory. A mix between a fresh juice and a tasty soup.
The corn that was used to make these tortillas is an old-variety corn that hasn’t been grown in NC since the 1940’s. They were making them fresh at the table, and the taste was amazing. It definitely gave me the motivation I needed to try to make my own corn tortillas at home!
Then it was time for dessert!!!
The kids at Durham’s Inner City Garden SEEDS prepared a delicious Lemon Balm Sorbet.
(sans cone of course!)
Peregrine Farm also grows cut flowers. Gorgeous!
Even though I had to skip some tables because the items were already on a lovely piece of homemade bread, I had SO much fun!! I will definitely attend this picnic again next year. And I now I have at least 10 more restaurants to add to my “Let’s go there” list! Thank you so much Foodbuzz!!!