As a child, I grew up on or near farms. Many of my summers were spent tending to our humble garden, pulling weeds and sneaking ripe strawberries before they ever made it to the table. So when I heard about an opportunity to celebrate harvest; food and the farmers who make it possible; I had to participate.
Saturday night my husband and I shared a dinner with about 170 other people in the “field” of Wattles Farm in downtown Hollywood. This organic farm is actually the oldest co-op garden in the United States and is home to century old avocado trees, banana and citrus trees, herb gardens, flowers and seasonal vegetables. The dinner was made possible by a group called Outstanding in the Field (www.outstandinginthefield.com) where they organize dinners all over the country connecting people to a chef, to a farm, to the farmer and ultimately, to the earth.
What a wonderful experience. Not only was the setting the most peaceful, tranquil haven on earth (imagine this in the center of the city), but the people whom we shared our meals with (all strangers to start) were as if old friends by the end. The food was beyond good, prepared on site and much of it grown right there or near by.
I left with a full belly, a warm heart and above all, a full appreciation for our earth and the helpful friends who are responsible for the food we enjoy everyday. Thank you Mother Earth for your bountiful gifts!
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