Farm to Table

In Maine, farm to table is not a trend, it’s a reality.  Dine out or eat at home seafood is fresh from the sea, animal meats are from a nearby farm  and veggies are homegrown. A great place to experience a farm to table dinner is at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat used to be a softball field has been converted to gardens and greenhouses where seasonal produce provides most of the ingredients for the meal.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne greenhouse serves as a dining hall where long tables and mismatched chairs are set up for forty guests.

IMG_1851The table decor, candles and simple arrangements of flowers in bottles, is just my style.

All around the greenhouse are arrangements of herbs and vegetables that enhance the ambience.

A temporary kitchen facility is set up outside the greenhouse, so all the food is cooked right there and served immediately.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe menu features what is in season and no two are the same which makes eating there a real treat.

What is a constant is the hot out of the oven focaccia with roasted garlic.  I could make a meal of just that!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith it comes a beautiful salad topped with an array of edible flowers.

The main course is a selection of meat and seafood.  I am always a happy camper when lobster is on the menu.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinishing the main course is a perfectly roasted combination of seasonal vegetables.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy the time dessert comes, there’s scarcely any room for it, but there are 40 smiling faces around the table!


Full Plate Thursday

Pumpkin Frenzy

Have you ever wondered what would happen to all the pumpkins if it weren’t for October and November? Without question those two months make growing them worthwhile as there’s scarcely anywhere that doesn’t have at least one.

Some folks think one pumpkin is not enough

and have them by the dozens.

Others have just one tucked away in a clever display.

Really big pumpkins make great canvases

for clever artists

whose creations line the main street In Damariscotta, Maine,

and draw lots of attention from passersby.

Some pumpkins are a colorful addition to window display

while others are used by politicians to attract voters

or to encourage a favorite team.  I guess there’s just no limit to how these seasonal favorites can be used.  What  clever idea do you have for pumpkins?  Do share!

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