Norwell Farms Celebrates with Local Chefs

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Norwell Farms’ 4th Annual Farm To Fork Dinner   Norwell, MA 2017

We have the city living lifestyle (hence @BostonCityLiving), but that doesn’t mean pounding the pavement, dining out on Newbury Street and hanging out at the local playground 24/7.  We love to escape the city for a little bit here and there.  The nice thing about the Boston area is that you don’t have to travel far to find a farm to unwind on.  We go weekly to our farm share in Lincoln: Lindentree CSA.  We have been going to Drumlin Farm to see the animals since the children were very young.  Many of the local orchards this season have a farm section as well with pumpkins growing and small flock of chickens or some other barnyard animals.  Even the corn maze at Mann Orchards had a little bit of a farm vibe going on and then of course there was the delicious farm stand. I try to go to my closest farm to pick raspberries at local Wright Locke Farm in Winchester.

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Fields out ahead, a greenhouse to the right and a barn to the left.  Behind are more crops and the Cross Street Flower Farm.  The perfect setting to grow CSA vegetables, host classes and enjoy the occasional celebration.  Norwell Farms Harvest Festival is coming up next.  

Norwell Farms is on fourteen acres at the historic Jacobs Farm Homestead.  It is a community farm on the south shore that has a CSA program and is a non-profit community farm that offers programs for local schools, the local food pantry, and more. Every year, they have a fundraiser at the farm to celebrate the community that keeps Norwell Farms in working order.  I was invited to check out the celebration and see what chefs in the community were cooking up for this celebratory night.

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Island Creek Oysters to enjoy for cocktail hour. 

The evening began with a cocktail hour sponsored by 10th District Brewery of Abington, Island Creek Oysters and Norwell Farms vegetables highlighted in hors d’oeuvres from Lavishly Dunn Catering.  Chefs participating were Stephen Sherman of Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, Greg Jordan of The Quarry in Hingham, Brian Houlihan of The Tinker’s Son in Norwell, The Corner Stop Eatery in Cohasset, and Abby Gray of Cooking with Abby in Norwell.  Desserts were from Sadie Mae’s Cupcakes of Hingham and the Foodsmith of Duxbury.  After all the partying and dancing to the exceptional band The Common Good, Smokey Stax BBQ served up some late night fare as well.  Let’s just say no one left hungry! Harpoon Brewery, Ideal Wine & Spirits and Tito’s Vodka all kept the party rolling along as well.

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Every detail was beautiful for an amazing night celebrating the hard work of the farmers and Norwell Farm members. . 

The table is set, but those seats won’t be filled until the end of the night because everyone is under the tent chatting with the chefs, trying farm fresh dishes and dancing to The Common Good band’s music.  Cross Street Flower Farm provided flowers for the tables and the perfect backdrop for the evening.

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Candles light the path to the party. 
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Cocktail hour. 

On the menu was everything from pizzette with vegetables from the farm, tacos, seafood stews, tasty toasts, cupcakes, cocktails and a late night bbq.

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