Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Boise Farm Dinners Make Bon Appetít List

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Local organic farmers Josie and Clay Erskine made last month's Bon Appetít Magazine in a list of on-farm dining options across the country.

The Erskines, good friends and teachers of mine, offer a homegrown (literally) meal overlooking their scenic urban farm off of Hill Road.

Here's what the gourmet magazine had to say:

This farm dinner, hosted by Clay and Josie Erskine, is offered from June to September and begins with guests taking a farm tour while sipping cocktails made with the couple's fresh fruits and local vodka. After that, there's live music, wines, and a five-course veggie-centric menu from chef Abby Carlson of Seattle's Poppy restaurant.

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Peaceful Belly's outdoor kitchen

I've never been to their dinners, though I've eaten their food and it is always haute. I do, however spend every Monday night with them as part of an organic farming internship. Since March, I have built an organic garden behind their neighbor's house, with the help of 11 other interns. Our plot is both beautiful and extremely practical, in that it feeds us week in and week out.

I may write more about learning to farm at some point...

Unfortunately, what reminded me to write about the Bon Apetít article is a story in today's New York Times about farm subdivisions, in which Hidden Springs features prominently.

By 2008, the 1,756-acre Idaho development had repaid a $12 million loan from the financing arm of General Motors; realized a 61 percent premium on the sale of its sites, compared with similar parcels with no farm nearby; and claimed a $2.8 million pretax profit by selling 785 of 800 lots, while keeping 1,000 acres open.

Do you think the NYT bothered to check out the little "farm" at Hidden Springs? Doubt it....

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