Guests enjoyed several small plates of food, including Caprese skewers with heirloom tomatoes, basil and mozarella
People who grow, sell and eat locally grown foods came together last Sunday to celebrate the 2010 growing season through preparing and consuming dishes with everything from grass-fed beef to wine and fresh produce.
Drake hosted the Harvest Party for more than 150 Buy Fresh Buy Local members and consumers who support the local food movement. Among the Iowa growers who donated food were: Anna's Place Poultry, Cyd's Catering, Frisian Farms Cheese, Grape Escape, Henrichsen Farms, Splash Sea Food Bar and Grill, Twin Girls Garden, Wirth Farm.
The menu included six small plates from salad to dessert -- all featuring foods grown in the nine-county Greater Des Moines BFBL region.
There were Caprese skewers with heirloom tomatoes, basil and mozzarella; local heritage apples and artisan cheese; vegetable gratin; meatloaf; lamb; apple crisp and ice cream; and wine.
Ken and Jeanne Henrichsen visit with consumers about their operation in Winterset, Iowa
New and longtime Buy Fresh Buy Local members were represented among the farmers. Ken and Jeanne Henrichsen, who own Henrichsen Farms in Winterset, Iowa, and are in their second year as BFBL members, donated grass-fed beef for the meatloaf dish.
"Our animals are grass-fed and we don't use drugs, hormones or antibiotics," Ken Henrichsen said. "Animals are healthier the way we raise them, even though there is a longer growing time."
Tom Diltz, owner and winemaker with Rosey Acres in Runnells, Iowa, said he's been with BFBL for three years and has been making wine for five years.
"We produce about 1,000 cases a year," Diltz said. "We do it for fun and for the people who appreciate wine."
The party was sponsored by Drake and Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development as part of the Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local project.
For more information about Buy Fresh, Buy Local, contact Matt Russell at 515-689-8219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.