2013 Dinner Down on the Farm

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Egg Harbor Township, NJ – You can’t get any closer to the food you eat.

Surrounded by red and purple pepper plants,  local food fans gathered for dinner Sunday evening right in the farm field where the veggies were growing.

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Everything served for dinner was harvested just yards from the white cloth covered tables.

Like the Waltham butternut squash in the delectable squash bisque.

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Or the  Walla Walla onions in the made from scratch focaccia.

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Slow Food South Jersey Shore, which hosts dinners for locavores at some of the area’s nicest eateries, went outside the box  - and under the former tomato hoop house – for their latest effort.

The setting:  Jah’s Creation Farm in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.  It’s a sustainable, organic farm just a stone’s throw from the Garden State Parkway. Owner and farm manager Matthew Bruckler said the very earth under the tables would be tilled and planted with winter greens next week.

Sunday night, the greens were on the table. Astro arugula teamed with Boro beets and crumbled Feta cheese in a flavorful salad.

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Wilted seasonal greens accompanied the main course – Harvest Ratatouille , a concoction of late season tomatoes and eggplant, with a  farro pilaf .

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Chefs John and Amy Manzione of Stir it Up Catering did the honors in the makeshift kitchen.

Slow Food diners came from as far as Cape May, Avalon and South Philly to enjoy the end of the summer harvest feast.

In this age of trans-continental food shipping, it doesn’t often happen that the diners travel a longer distance than the food on their plates.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.