Dinner, fresh on the farm

Make plans now for a superb summer outing

Working farms throughout Boulder Valley are again hosting lavish outdoor dinners this summer, featuring foods harvested on site (or very nearby) and prepared by outstanding local chefs.

Rustic tables, fresh flowers and breathtaking cuisine served under the stars – a farm dinner is a special experience to say the least. But the summers are short around here and if last year’s season is any indication, you’ll need to book your reservations now to keep from missing out. Our round up:

¡Cultiva! Farm Dinner | August 9, 5 p.m.
1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder

Now in it’s 15th year, the annual iCultiva! Farm Dinner is five-courses fabulous and features foods grown and  harvested by local teens. Eleven big-name local chefs work together to prepare a meal that includes “an enchanting selection of one-of-a-kind appetizers, signature dishes, and memorable desserts.” (¡Cultiva! is the educational arm of Growing Gardens, our Featured Friend for May.)

The Lyons Farmette | mid-week farm dinners throughout the summer
4121 Ute Highway (Hwy 66), Lyons
Prices vary by dinner ≈ $60 – $125 per person

Known for its spectacular grounds, this working farm hosts weekend wedding parties and mid-week farm dinners through mid-Septemer. Farm dinners benefit great causes, like Local Food Shift, The Lyons Community Foundation, and Colorado Farm Aid to name a few. Featured chefs include Alec Shuler of Boulder’s Arugula, Jason Rogers of Lyons’ Oskar Blues, and Pieter Dijkstra of A Spice of Life Catering.

Munson Farms | July 23, 4 p.m.
75th and Valmont, Boulder
$210 per person

The signature summer event at Munson Farms sells out early – but seats at the table are still available as of this posting. Organized by Outstanding in the Field, a California company that arranges high end farm dinners across the country, the event features Chef Steve Redzikowski of Oak at Fourteenth.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners | Frequent dinners throughout the season
Local farms throughout Boulder Valley
$105 per person

Meadow Lark hosts dinners at well known farms all over Boulder Valley (including the Lyons Farmette and Munson Farms mentioned above). Meadow Lark dinners are known for culinary excellence and a full experience that brings 42 diners, farmers, chefs, and absolutely local food to one long and bountiful table. Tremendously popular, Meadow Lark’s farm dinner series sells out very quickly. Your next opportunity to reserve a place at its July dinners is on on June 2.

Ollin Farms | July 12 and 25, August 23, September 20
8627 North 95th St, Longmont
$65 per person

Now in its fifth season of hosting farm dinners, Ollin Farms dinners are served enjoyed on the farm alongside Left Hand Creek. Chef Dale Lamb of Dale Lamb Catering prepares a bounty of produce served buffet style – radishes, beets and greens among the mix – with other locally harvested foods. Always well reviewed, Ollin Farms offers a staple farm dinner experience.