Savor the Bounty In Your Neighborhood

Slowing Down

Food is the common denominator that
brings people together.

– James Beard

Recently, I attended a farm-to-table dinner set in a barn in Weston, Connecticut. The event was put on by Martha Stewart-favorite, Dirt Road Farm and its purveyor Phoebe Cole-Smith. The multi-course dinner was a feast for all senses as you’ll see in the photos below. I just love these memories of such a wonderful night in my area of Connecticut. It was so idyllic.

We are a community that relishes local food, the markets, my favorite store, Terrain. Many shops invite farmers in to educate us. I shop at two green markets a week. I’ve been on a land trust board for years and was introduced to Dirt Road Farm by my fellow board member and friend, Jacquie LittlejohnI’m also a beekeeper so I have my ear to the ground for this type of event.

Think Alice Waters meets Weston, Connecticut. Phoebe grows much of the food we ate, or she sources food from her friend’s farms in the area.

Being a photographer, of course I pulled out my camera a few times. Who can resist this beauty and atmosphere? What you don’t see is the community, Phoebe’s graciousness, laughter and strangers being brought together over a wonderful meal. I will surely visit again when her maple syrup is ready in February. My family loves it so much I must run up to the Westport Farmers Market to pick up more from her farm stand. Plus if you are nearby, make sure you consider attending one of Dirt Road Farm’s upcoming dinners.

Such a cozy feeling in a barn with windows overlooking the property.


Walking around the garden before dinner.


Kate, as seen here and in the top feature image. During cocktail hour.


Naturally, pottery from local artisan Frances Palmer.


Phoebe’s chickens, which sadly had been messed with by the local fox.


Cocktail hour.


The grounds of Dirt Road Farm.




How could I resist this swing, photo by Jacquie Littlejohn.


Phoebe’s dinner for eighteen.


What a gorgeous spot for a barn.


The barn supper menu.


Delicious and perfect for my gluten-free life.


The dinner guests.


Rosie with the bread, yes they had gluten-free as well.


Outside looking in.


The grounds, the barn and that swing.


A wet night, cozy in the barn. All the cooks are busy in the main house.


I got a little wet in the drizzle, but I just had to capture this lights.


Loved the “This Way” sign.


The sky turned to blue.


Goodnight and thank you.


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Most of the time I am using my Leica Q or a Canon 5D M3 cameras. Sometimes I use my iPhone.

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