Besides making Boulder’s Farmers Market one of the best in the country, local farms also offer outstanding farm-to-table dinners. These Boulder County events offer the opportunity to learn from local farms while sampling their delicious cuisine prepared by the best chefs in the state. Here are a few favorite options to dine in style and connect to the community:
Lyons Farmette is an organic, one-acre farm that supplies local restaurants and weddings with food and flowers while also hosting events of its own. This year, owners Betsy and Mike are hosting farm dinners from July through September. They partner with other local farms and Boulder’s elite chefs to create multi-course dinners in an intimate setting.
Ollin Farms saw huge success with its 2017 Farm Dinner program, and it expects the same this year. The farm focuses on researching sustainability and creating a bionutrient model that works with nature instead of against it. Dinners here are buffet style and always feature hearty vegetarian options, making Ollin a great choice for herbivores. These dinners focus on creating community, and each attendee is encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to pair with Chef Justin’s menu.
Lenny and Sara Martinelli own five restaurants in the Boulder area through Three Leaf Concepts, and those restaurants receive their produce from Three Leaf Farm. Lenny and Sara are dedicated to fostering a strong sense of community and do so by the workshops, tours, and camps that they offer. The farm only hosts one dinner a month, ensuring each event is thoughtful and planned to perfection. The menu each month focuses on a theme, from vegetarian to mushrooms, and each features a wine pairing and live music. The Three Leaf Farm dinners are truly not an event to be missed.
63rd St. Farm returns in 2018 with both its Mingle & Feast events, as well as its Seed-to-Plate dinners. Mingle & Feast happens every Thursday from June-October – rain or shine. Enjoy fresh pizza from the homemade brick oven, dance to local musicians, and listen to the farm life all while getting to know the farm and the Boulder community. Thursdays at 63rd St. Farm are family-friendly events and feature partner farms and local vendors, so be sure to bring the family and reusable tote bags to take home whatever treats you find.
The Seed-to-Plate dinners also take place from June to October, but feature seasonal menus created by the minds at Laudisio’s catering. Courses here are comprised entirely of produce grown from the farm, so expect to be surprised and delighted by the ingenuity of Chef Laudisio. The Seed-to-Plate dinners are more private affairs designed to spur conversation and build relationships between diners, and often sell out in advance.
While there are more options for farm-to-table events in the Boulder area, there are options for every discerning palate on this list. Whether you prefer a casual pizza experience or a one-of-a-kind, exclusive event, enjoy the culinary concoctions from the best farms and chefs in Boulder County.