Last week, we went to dinner on a farm!
Meadow Lark Farm Dinners organizes family-style, al fresco meals served in the fields of Boulder, Colorado-area farms.
We were thrilled to secure spots at the Lyons Farmette dinner. These events are hugely popular, with very limited seating. Reservations are available via lottery only. At the Lyons Farmette, Betsy and Mike operate a stunning space, where they and their crew grow all kinds of produce and wildflowers, create artisanal teas, soaps and honey, and host weddings as well as educational workshops about farming, healthy foods and environmental sustainability. They also open their grounds to the public as part of the Meadow Lark Farm Dinners series each summer.
As we drove to the farm that evening, rain was pouring down. We were concerned our outdoor dinner might be canceled. However, the Lyons Farmette staff were totally pro and completely charming. When we arrived, we were greeted with a delicious citrus aperitif and flaky, flavorful mini-biscuits. We walked the grounds of the farm before taking our seats under the tent.
Our meal began with an amazing marguez sausage, made from lamb grown locally in Boulder. All produce had been grown on-site and plucked from the grounds just for our dinner. The main course, citrus-braised lamb, was smoked and fall-apart delicious. Though you can’t bring your own drinks to the dinner, we purchased wine through the Boulder Wine Merchant prior to the evening; wine options were chosen to complement the menu, and our bottles were delivered to our table (as a bonus, part of the profits from our wine purchase were donated to the Boulder County Arts Alliance, a group that supports the arts and cultural education throughout the Boulder area). As will happen at a family-style affair, we made friends with our neighbors at the table, and ended up sharing our wine and lots of laughs.
Though the plates were beautiful, Meadow Lark Farm Dinners has a strict “no phones on the table” policy – and so I obeyed. In fact, diners occasionally stepped away to snap photos (as we did below), but the absence of phones at the family-style table was much appreciated.
We loved our dinner so much that we’re trying to attend another one before the season ends. What a wonderfully inventive and lovely way to support local farming and businesses while enjoying a completely unique experience.