Meadow Lark Farm Dinners.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners. (Photo courtesy: Lucianna Mcintosh / Meadow Lark Farm Dinners).

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners. (Photo courtesy: Lucianna Mcintosh / Meadow Lark Farm Dinners).

Come summer, one of the most coveted dinner reservations you can snag is at a community table on a local farm. Many of Boulder County’s farmers open up their pastoral fields to host intimate dinner parties, with the week’s harvest featured prominently on the menu. Often, the night kicks off with a farm tour and there may even be live music to provide the soundtrack.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners

A prominent farm dinner host is Meadow Lark Farm Dinners, which rolls its yellow school bus up to farms throughout Boulder County during the summer months and sets up a table for 44. Two of those seats are reserved for the host farmers, who can interact with guests. Oftentimes, the community table is set right in the middle of the field.

“People sometimes get to sit right next to the vegetables that they’re eating,” says Lena Miller, owner of Meadow Lark Farm Dinners.

Meadow Lark has a team of roving chefs, and they host the popular dinners at a number of farms, including Speedwell Farm & Gardens in Longmont, Cure Organic Farm in Boulder and Red Wagon Farm, where you may be greeted by grazing alpacas and many more animals. 

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners. (Photo courtesy: Lucianna Mcintosh / Meadow Lark Farm Dinners).

Meadow Lark Farm Dinner reservations cost $180. The team purchases as many ingredients as possible from the host farm, and then sources the remainder from local purveyors. 

Every farm, Miller explains, has a different business model. While some have CSAs, or farm stands, or are regulars at farmers markets, others, like Esotera Culinary Garden, sell to restaurants. The farm dinners give guests a chance to understand how they can interact with farms beyond the dinners.

The Farmette

Lyons Farmette.

Lyons Farmette. (Photo courtesy: Ryan Muglia / Lyons Farmette).

Miller also works with Farmette, an idyllic 4-acre farm in Lyons with cottonwood trees, a mountain stream and a flower garden. The space is a popular spot for weddings, but it also hosts a farm dinner series in the summer, bringing in some of the region’s most notable chefs to cook with locally sourced ingredients. 

Some highlights on Famette’s calendar this summer include a July 24 dinner with Blackbelly Chef Hosea Rosenberg and an Aug. 14 dinner with Chef Daniel Asher (River and Woods, Ash’Kara). Dinners range in cost but are about $145 to $150 per person.

Ollin Farms

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners. (Photo courtesy: Lucianna Mcintosh / Meadow Lark Farm Dinners).

Boulder County farms, like Ollin Farms, also host their own farm dinner series. Ollin Farms brings in local chefs who craft meals with freshly harvested produce from the Longmont farm. The four-course journey highlights seasonal flavors that make Boulder County unique, and tables are set alongside the farm’s cottonwood trees.

Ollin Farms’ 2024 dinner series runs some Saturday evenings between July 20 and Sept. 21. The dinners are $95 per person. Guests are welcome to bring their own bottles of wine. 

OAK at Fourteenth

While not hosted on a farm, another option this summer is the annual five-course Tomato Dinner hosted in late August at OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder. The menu celebrates the beloved heirloom fruit and the restaurant sources tomatoes from local farms like Red Wagon and Speedwell. OAK typically announces the date for its tomato dinner at the end of July, and the feast typically happens in late August or early September. More details can be found on the restaurant’s website: oakatfourteenth.com/events. 

 

Planning to go?

Planning to go to a farm dinner this summer? Reservations or tickets are required. Here’s where you can find more details. 

By Brittany Anas, Longmont Magazine