Farm to Table New England

Colby Farm Sunflowers & Stars Dinner

Straight from the Farm


image (5)Ever search for the Big Dipper with a group of new friends in a field of sunflowers sipping on white wine sangria after an amazing seasonal, local, slow-roasted, farm to table dinner? I have. Last week in Newbury.

Colby Farm, in partnership with new Amesbury restaurant, No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits, and Essex County Greenbelt, hosted a farm fresh dinner under the stars for two nights only.

Colby Farm and its farm stand are located down the street from Newburyport on Scotland Road in Newbury, MA. Here they sell many of their own meats and produce including summer squash, eggplant, beats, carrots, lettuce, green beans, zucchini, onions and sweet corn.

“We also farm about 350 acres of hay locally,” said Elizabeth Knight of Colby Farm. “Most of our vegetables are also organically grown at the Historic New England Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury.”
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In the Newburyport area we are lucky to be surrounded by so many farms that allow our restaurants to commit to providing organic. After only 4 months of opening, No. 8 Kitchen Chef Christopher Jackson explained how they’ve been reaching out to as many local farms and businesses as possible.

“Our ice cream is made right in Amesbury. Our cheeses are from Wolf Meadow Farm. Everything is made in house, from our ketchup, aioli, brioche for the burger, fresh pastas. Top to bottom it’s a fairly large menu with lots of shared plates to get that social feeling in the dining room,” said Chef Jackson.

Known for creating spectacular variations on local food, guests of the Sunflower & Stars Dinner experienced a 6 course meal prepared with meats and produce mostly from Colby Farm.

“The field we are standing on right now, Chef smoked our carrots and broccoli with the hay!” said Knight.

“Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder,” said Chef Jackson when asked about the main course. “All the pork is from Colby Farm , and it’s served with roasted potatoes and rainbow chard. I also made a sauce from all the bones.”

My favorite dish was the Grilled Sweet Corn with Tasso Ham Butter. The tasso was made from Colby Farm pork, and the corn was from a field a stone’s throw away.

image (3)Each course was also paired with a wine or spirit, with several local vineyards represented.

“We have Zervino Vineyards up in Sand Down, NH and they are providing 3 of our 6 courses of tastings,” said Tara Nellson from Tigerlilys Events & Decor. Zervino is a family owned local winery. They grow and press all their own grapes, and we’re really excited to be working with them.”

Russell Orchards of Ipswich, MA also shared their award winning wines.

For dessert, a hot apple crisp made with apples picked from Colby Farm was paired with a wine from Moonlight Meadery.

From start to finish, the event was the perfect combination of fresh and refreshing. It’s clear that Pride & Promise remain the keys to sustaining these real farming experiences.

Colby Farm is open from May, all the way up to December 24, when they sell Christmas trees, wreaths, and other seasonal items such as gluten free baked goods.


*Professional pictures courtesy of Jaimie Cuddire & Colby Farm

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