Farm to Table
Peterborough Farm to Table dinners: Fresh & fantastic
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent | September 03. 2013 8:00PM
Summer Rolls served at the Peterborough Agricultural Committee's Farm to Table Dinner last week. Courtesy photo by Annie Card
The Agricultural Commission — formed two years ago by a town meeting vote — started the dinners in May as a way of showcasing locally grown and raised food.
Matt Gifford, a commission member and manager of Rosaly's Garden and Farmstand on Route 123.
The meat and dairy comes from Sunnyfield Farm on Route 136.
Last week at the August dinner held at a historic farm on Old Jaffrey Road, Rosaly's Garden and Farmstand provided all the eggplant, tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, peppers, chard, garlic, carrots and edible flowers for all five courses.
In July, the lamb burgers she grilled up from Sunnyfield Farm were also a big hit. Sunnyfield Farm also provided the dairy for the ice cream.
Another component to the suppers is that they are held at either existing farms or historic farms, which means local residents have been donating their lawns, barns and kitchens for the supper series.
There has been overwhelming support and enthusiasm for the local food suppers, Rule said.
Words like organic and healthy have become marketing gimmicks for the food industry. By holding the suppers, people are getting a first-hand experience with locally and organically produced foods, Rule said.
Gifford said they are planning two more suppers this year, in September and October.
The idea behind the dinners is to showcase these local foods, not to make money, Gifford said.
"Rather than try to raise money for the commission, we are doing it as a way to promote local agriculture. Every meal, except for a few minor ingredients, are all sourced from Peterborough," Gifford said. "It's just showing people that it can be done. ... It's actually a really nice time. It's an incredible meal and a lot of fun and it's so nice to see the public really interested and involved with it. Especially as a farmer it's nice to see."