It’s been just over two weeks since my husband and me were invited and enjoyed the Field to Fork Dinner at St. Bridgid’s Farm in Kennedyville, Maryland. We were guests of the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association (www.dairyspot.com) who partnered with St. Brigid’s Farm to support the Maryland and Capital Area Food Banks with their sixth annual Field to Fork Dinner charity dinner.
I am not sure I have ever been to a dairy farm, possibly in elementary school but that was way long ago and too many of my memory cells are gone. It was a lovely weather day to drive across the Bay Bridge and to the northern realms of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We parked the car in the designated field and as walked up to a paddock, the Jersey cows rushed to the railing to greet us. They truly seemed happy, wanting to welcome us. I know that sounds silly but that was my impression.
Robert Fry and his partner Judy Gifford owners/proprietors of St. Brigid’s Farm were the host for the charity dinner held in their open field. Robert laughed at not only me and my husband but all the city folks who had the smart phones, cameras snapping shots of the very photogenic cows as you can see in my slideshow. What is everyday to them, milking the cows twice a day, feeding them and their parade out to pasture wasn’t so every day to us.
Insight into modern day dairy farming is well documented in this very recent video that Robert Fry and Judy Gifford made and is linked to in this story. I will not profess to explain as well as them, the life of the dairy farmer and how milk gets to you.
I will say what might be of interest to you is their Field to Fork Dinner, where 150 guests enjoyed a tour of the farm, reception of drinks, stationery and passed hors d’ouevres, music and finally dinner at one extended long table in the field. This was the 6th year that Fry and Gifford created this charity event, which each benefits varying charities annually.
As you can see from the slideshow; the open pasture and assorted cloud filled sky made for an idyllic backdrop for the evening’s festivities. Old friends reacquainted and new friends were made, a dinner of local sourced edibles filled our plates. Check out the menu and story at St. Brigid’s Farm blog.
Always in the late summer, early fall, the Field to Fork Dinner is open to the general public. Those of you wanting to enjoy just such an evening should sign up for St. Bridgid’s Farm mailing list. Please note this event sells out every year. Make a weekend of it and stay at Crow Farm vineyard and farmstead bed and breakfast which as the crow flies, is a mere mile away. (Couldn't resist that pun.)
St. Brigid's Farm | 12246 Locust Grove Road | Kennedyville, MD 21645 | 410.648.5753 www.stbrigidsfarm.com
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