Taking the farm-to-table experience one step further, these local operations actually host dinners in the field or orchard, putting diners even closer to the source of their meal.
Sietsema Orchards (sietsemaorchards.com) in Ada partners with Saburba to cater several summer dinners in the vineyard, including June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20 (a special crab boil). Each dinner is limited to about 30 people, with the exception of the crab boil, which is capped at about 70. Prices start around $64 per person.
Outstanding in the Field (outstandinginthefield.com), a nationally-focused operation, is planning a farm dinner on Aug. 14 at Seedling Fruit (seedlingfruit.com) orchard in South Haven. Since 1999, the company has been focused on reconnecting diners to the land through unique farm-based dinners.
The Leelanau Conservancy (leelanauconservancy.org) hosts an annual picnic which serves as a fundraiser for its nature-based operations. This year, Aug. 6 is the date for the gathering, which takes place at the Chippewa Run Natural Area, near Empire.
Located five miles north of downtown Harbor Springs, Pond Hill Farm (pondhill.com) hosts monthly farm-to-table dinners at its scenic location along the M-119 “Tunnel of Trees.” This year-round operation is also home to Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery & Tunnel Vision Brewery.
Other venues offering both public and private farm dinners include:
• Bare Knuckle Farms, Northport
• Frog Hollow Farm, Boyne City
• Southern Exposure Herb Farm,
Battle Creek (southernmoon.com)
• Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter
For more details, visit provided websites.
— Tai Alexander, Michigan BLUE Magazine
Photography courtesy Ken Scott & Outstanding in the Field – Ilana Freddye