With a group of only about 30 women coming to camp this weekend and plenty of excess food still in reserve in the freezer and pantry, it took me about a half-hour to pad my food order so it would reach the minimums required by my purveyors.
Then, I tossed that idea and decided to fend for myself instead.
Nearly all of the produce that will be served this weekend is from a Fulton or Montgomery County farm — none more than a half-hour away. And the food bill is substantially less than it would have been from one of the big food service companies. Partially because I don’t need to order an entire case. And partially because farmers don’t mind selling a half-bushel of eggplant for $7.
I hit the road yesterday afternoon, with the skeleton of the weekend menu in mind, but it wasn’t until I began stopping that it all came together, much like our Farm Table summer smorgasbord, which is entirely sourced from local farms and manufacturers.
From Conbeer’s Farm on Hickory Hill Road in the town of Mohawk, red and green looseleaf lettuce and red and green butter lettuce — all four were picked fresh — along with red and yellow tomatoes.
From Rogers Family Orchard off County Highway 101 in the town of Johnstown, Empire apples.
From the Kurtz farmstand off Route 10 in Palatine, yellow squash, eggplants, bell peppers, small red onions and strawberries — those everbearing strawberries, which I’d never heard of until this year.
From the farmstand on Dillenbeck Road in Palatine, white eggplant and zucchini. (And cookies for the staff.)
From the Byler farmstand on Stone Arabia Road in Palatine, green beans and yellow squash.
From Duncraven Farms Dairy in Palatine, chocolate milk. But that was just for home.
From Green Hill Farm in Glen, yellow and red cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.
So the menu’s set. Here’s the weekend:
Linguini with alfredo sauce
Eggplant with garlic sauce
Green peas with onions
Mini ciabatta rolls
Butter lettuce salad
Cheddar hash browns
Mini croissants with butter and jelly
Apples and oranges
Grilled chicken and roasted vegetable wraps
Cold Green bean and bell pepper salad
Potato chips, pretzels and baby carrots with hummus
Angel food cake with raspberry sauce and fresh strawberries