As the sun set over the boulder flatirons, a seasonally-inspired farm dinner unfolded on the beautiful, lyons farmette.
Farm dinners are truly magical events. Growers + makers create a multi-course meal from the bounty of the season, serving it up to hungry diners with endless pride + love. Guests arrive as strangers but quickly bond through the act of breaking bread + connecting together though food.
I recently attended a farm dinner at the lyons farmette, just as the season faded from summer to fall. Our evening drew inspiration from the late summer harvest + was served up by the extremely talented team from cured. Additionally, beer + wine were provided by garnished and benefitted the non-profit, growing gardens which supports sustainable urban agriculture.
Most farm dinners hosted on the farmette are served under the stars, near the little creek that runs through the property. However, with dark skies + a bit of rain, our dinner was moved inside their cozy tent. The ambiance + details were stunning though, long community tables lined with candles + fresh blooms, plucked straight from the garden just hours prior. A basket of throws were tucked off to the side in case the evening’s crisp air creeped in. Conversation, laughter and the sound of bluegrass music filled the air.
Now, about the amazing meal we ate. Cured is known for their perfectly curated cheese + charcuterie platters. The giant wood boards filled with so many salumi options, grilled shishito peppers + olives were as good to look at as they were to eat. I was also incredibly impressed with the 2 flat breads we enjoyed. One was topped with smoked trout, quail eggs, seared greens, briny caperberries + a creamy ricotta; the other had roasted squash, greens, espelette, apples + smooth chèvre cheese. Another highlight was the cheese plate ‘dessert’ with fresh honey comb, nuts + fruit. I had never ate honey comb before but instantly fell in love with its spongy yet delicate texture. As the evening wrapped up, every guest was sent home with a bag of cured’s homemade sweets. The chocolates + lavender tea cakes were the perfect snack for our drive home.
The lyons farmette is a working, organic farm run by long-time colorado residents, betsy + mike. Within moments of meeting them, you quickly understand their passion for animals + locally grown produce. Touring the property, you will find alpacas, goats + hens, along with rows of stunning vegetables and fresh blooms. As we walked through the rolling gardens with a drink in-hand, we stopped to see 1 of 4 beehives on the property and many of mike’s trucks + tractors. Besides the farm dinners held on-site during the summer months, the lyons farmette also hosts workshops, CSAs, weddings + private events.
A huge thank you to betsy + mike, along with everyone from cured. This late farm dinner was truly a wonderful experience; one that I am so proud + excited to share with you, my lovely readers. Supporting local growers + makers is important to our community and is something I am deeply passionate about. I encourage everyone to attend a farm dinner… it’s a bucket list event for sure!
The lyons farmette farm dinners take place july through september annually and you can learn more about them, here.