Dinner at the Farm

by jenna on April 16, 2014

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The other night we did something really special!

To celebrate Adam’s birthday, which is TODAY (!), we went and had dinner out at the farm where we get our CSA veggies every week. Once a month, from April to October, the farm hosts true farm-to-table dinners outside in the grass. It was my first time doing anything like this and it was an absolute blast.

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We got there around 5pm for a farm tour before dinner. I was especially excited when I saw a big wagon pull up that we’d all be riding around in while touring the farm. I had it in my mind that it would be a walking tour and while I still try to get out a few times a week to walk, a ride is more than welcome. :)

Full Belly Farm is an organic, family-run farm about 45 minutes from Sacramento. It was SO cool to meet the family who started the farm back in the early 80’s and hear about how far they’ve come since then.

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Adam loved the hen house! Spread out over their 400 acres, they’ve got 2,000 chickens roaming around. Happy chickens = delicious eggs!

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And lots of gorgeous almond trees! Everyone who came for the dinner was invited to stay and camp underneath these trees after but…..at 9 months pregnant, this body does not camp. Maybe someday!

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hi sheep!

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When we got back from the tour, the sun was just starting to set and we all gathered around the table out on the lawn. Anyone who wanted a chance to feed the “bummer” lambs was welcome. Apparently “bummer” lambs are lambs whose mother’s reject them after birth. So sad! They were absolutely adorable and I was so excited to feed them. We were all given beer bottles fitted with nipples and filled with fresh cow’s milk. They were hungry little guys!

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Mandatory belly shot:

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I’ve been living in stretchy tops like this from Target and I snagged this soft, comfy skirt from Gap for only $6 last week. I thought it would be comfortable to wear in the hospital after giving birth because it has a stretchy, soft waistband.

The food at the dinner was FANTASTIC. Adam and I both agreed it was the best meal we’ve had in a long time. 98% of everything we ate came from the farm {excluding ingredients like salt and some spices…} and it tasted so incredibly fresh.

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And yes, we ate lamb after feeding the baby lambs. I was sad about it at first but….the lamb was delicious! Such is farm life, huh? They lived a good life.

The pasta we had completely blew my mind. I had been randomly craving fettuccine alfredo earlier in the week and this satisfied every bit of that craving. It was incredible! So creamy and so fresh…and those fried baby artichokes on top? Swoon. I could have eaten plate after plate.

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The peach leaf creme brulee was also pretty life changing. While eating it, I think I said it was the best creme brulee I’ve ever tried…and I still hold to that! It even beats the creme brulee we shared on the first night of our honeymoon in Paris, in my opinion. Peach leaves have an almond taste to them, and I was shocked to find out that there was no almond extract in the creme brulee! It was absolutely perfect {but too dark for a photo}. I need to find someone with a peach tree around here so I can gather the leaves and make my own. So, so, so good.

All in all, it was a fabulous night that ended up with me stretched out in back seat with some braxton hicks contractions on the drive home. What a perfect way to celebrate the love of my life’s birthday. I’m so glad he was born 31 years ago today!

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Danielle April 16, 2014 at 3:15 am

Gosh, what a beautiful and simple special evening. And the menu–swoon! Happy birthday to Adam :)

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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots April 16, 2014 at 4:02 am

Haha that egg mobile is cool. I remember reading about that in omnivores dilemma

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polly April 16, 2014 at 4:14 am

oh i loved reading this! so so sweet. All the food sounds amazing (especially the peach dessert! mmm i adore peaches) and the baby lambs? I used to show sheep at the fair and we would take them on walk up and down our country road like a dog! yup. Halters and everything.

I love you, girl and take care as baby B quickly approaches his birthday! so close to his daddys! how fun!

XOXO

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Tara April 16, 2014 at 4:17 am

Everything about this sounds amazing!!! What a great birthday celebration!

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Alicia April 16, 2014 at 4:34 am

Magical evening :)

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Liz S. April 16, 2014 at 4:41 am

Such a beautiful setting! Wishing Adam a very happy birthday.

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Sarah April 16, 2014 at 4:48 am

That is such a great way to celebrate a birthday! Now if I could only figure put how to CSA delivered veggies in Beijing :)

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jan April 16, 2014 at 4:53 am

What a cool thing for them to do for their customers! I’m glad you had such a great time (and great food!). Looks like perfect weather, too!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 16, 2014 at 4:56 am

What a fun way to celebrate! I love that they offer a farm-to-table meal – what a cool way to learn more about where your food comes from. Happy Birthday to Adam! :)

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Padma April 16, 2014 at 5:04 am

what an beautiful way to celebrate a birthday, wish there were places like that in Florida. And I hope you come across a peach tree soon and get to experiment on making that peach creame brulle. that sounds delicious. :P

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Rebekah {aCricketSang} April 16, 2014 at 5:20 am

Awww the sheep are so cute :)

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Maryea {happy healthy mama} April 16, 2014 at 5:25 am

I love this! What a neat thing to do. Beautiful photos and it looks like it was a fabulous evening. Thanks for sharing.

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Angel Reyes April 16, 2014 at 5:36 am

The lamb pictures are so beautiful!!!

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Chicago Jogger April 16, 2014 at 5:38 am

This looks like an amazing night! I grew up on a farm {in Iowa} and I have a very soft spot in my heart for baby sheep :) So sweet.

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DessertForTwo April 16, 2014 at 5:48 am

First, happy birthday Adam!

Second: I love Full Belly! I used to buy all my veggies and herbs at their farm stand at the Davis farmer’s market! I sure miss that place! I would try to get their early for the eggs, but they always sold out by 8:05am!

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Healthd April 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

one of the farms i know does a similar thing..i havent done it myself yet but from your experience, im excited to try it out sometime.

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Dana April 16, 2014 at 6:11 am

you are so flippin’ adorable! that belly–you are rocking it mama! happy birthday to your hubby!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 16, 2014 at 6:29 am

Wow this looks like such a fun time! The weather looked perfect to enjoy a dinner out on the town! You look beautiful too!!

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erin @hooleywithaz April 16, 2014 at 6:51 am

this looks like a dream! and that belly! go lady go, you make 9 months look fabulous.

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kris April 16, 2014 at 7:11 am

Oh, what fun!!! You look fantastic by the way!

(p.s. I’m chuckling at that last pic of your hubby trying to feed the lamb but instead getting her chin – hee hee)

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Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

This looks like a scene out of a movie – what an awesome evening! Can’t believe how GREEN everything out there is already too. So nice!

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 16, 2014 at 8:11 am

Great photos, Jenna!

I wanna go! Where abouts 45 minutes from Sac? I live nearby…

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jenna April 16, 2014 at 10:50 am

The farm is in Capay Valley in Yolo County. The actual town name is called Guinda – very small!

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joelle @ on a pink typewriter April 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

How cool! From farm to table for real. :)

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Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

What a fantastic idea that they have a dinner! It’s great to see where your food comes from and how it’s “made” so to say. You look fabulous, by the way!

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Corie April 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

I am weirdly excited about the parenting journey you and your husband are about to enjoy!

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Karen April 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

What a neat way to have dinner :) Beautiful place! Best wishes with your soon to be arrival :)

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Alexandra Aimee April 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

This is so pretty! And oh my gosh, your belly!

— Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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Emily @ Life on Food April 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

Happy Birthday Adam!! How fun is a night like this? I have always wanted to do something similar. Your photos are gorgeous.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

What a fun (and delicious) way to spend a spring evening!

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Karen April 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

What a cool birthday celebration, you look so beautiful and happy. Best of luck to you and Adam as you near your delivery date, I still marvel at the whole birthing process and holding that wee little baby for the first time. Say “hello” to your Mom for me, I know she is counting the days till her grandson is born, such a special time for you all.

xx

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Ella April 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I know everyone is saying this, but you look so FAB! This is the most perfect “just the two of you” thing to do before your little babe comes into the world.

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Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) April 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

WOW…that looks like so much fun! you two are adorable together. I am very excited for you!

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Rachel April 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Wow! What an amazing birthday! Do they show the upcoming dinners on the website, or did you book it separately?! Really great place!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Sounds like a fantastic evening! Happy Birthday to Adam :)

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nicole paolone April 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

That looks like soo much fun! I’m planning my fiance’s birthday right now and this is such a good idea, I’ll have to check and see if there are farms around the pacific northwest that offer the same thing! ALSO, you look incredible!! :)

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Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living April 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Though I grew up on a ranch, these photos brought back such wonderful memories. I bet the food was amazing (nothing beats fresh eggs). I hope your son had a very happy birthday!

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Liz April 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Wow, it’s gorgeous there! I’m so jealous! As many others have said…you look great! (:

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Lindsay April 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm

sounds perfect! I would love to find somewhere like this in my area!!

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Clare April 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm

It made me very sad that you would look at those babies and shrug, saying they were delicious. They are trusting babies. Our lives are all limited, but I am using mine to try to spread the message that animals are not ours, that mama sheep loved their babies too, and that we can decide, quite comfortably not to hurt babies, mamas, daddy’s, or any other creature whose lives we may see as less important than out own. I wish you only good things, and that you might consider non-violence. Thank you.

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jenna April 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

While I do understand where you are coming from, these lamb are specifically bred for food. They are a mainstay at the farm and live for about a year or so in grassy pastures before harvested. They provide food and wool to many, and help keep the farm going year after year.

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Stacey April 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Non-violence? The consumption of well-cared for, humanely raised and slaughtered animals certainly does not make one a violent person. I had to chuckle when I read “mama sheep loved their babies too”. The bottle fed lambs were orphaned either because their mother died, or because they were rejected by their mothers at birth. This isn’t because the mother is cruel or because they didn’t “love” their babies. It’s a fact of life. If the farmers hadn’t intervened to care for the lambs, they would have quickly died alone and hungry. Instead they are well cared for, and go on to serve a purpose. They will provide wool and food, which is preferable to starving alone in a field without intervention. To each her own– you are more than welcome to live your life as you see fit, as am I. However, because I choose to be an omnivore, I am certainly not participating in violence.

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Suzanne May 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Actually, the way animals are slaughtered is pretty violent so if you choose to eat meat then you are inadvertently supporting that. It would be nice if we could approach killing them in a humane way but do you think anyone wants to spend the extra money to do so? Nope.

I’m not judging those who eat meat but there is something twisted about feeding a baby lamb, eating it for dinner and then saying it had a good life. That’s like killing a privileged child and then saying, “oh well, it had a good life.” It’s life has only just begun!

We can get wool from sheep without killing them or eat meat from an adult animal that has lived more of a life. Eating lamb and veal is just plain unnecessary and whether they were going to die or not from abandonment has nothing do with us slaughtering them. We are the superior species and it should be our duty to protect them.

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Karen April 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

You are looking adorable as ever, Jenna, and my best wishes to Adam on his b-day! (Excited to meet your little guy!)

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Amanda April 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Oh i love Full Belly. We were CSA members for years before moving to Montana. I miss it terribly. It is a magical place.

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Natalie Schlabach April 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Whoa. Everything sounds and looks amazing!!! And now I want a pet lamb.

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Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book April 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I’ve been hoping that my CSA would do something like this! They give farm tours, but nothing like this. So jealous! Oh… and poor bummer lambs, that’s so sad.

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Danielle April 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

The dinner sounds amazing and that is my kind of meal there. I wish there was something similar here where I live.

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Pam April 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Menu sounds amazing!! I would love to go to a farm and eat real farm to table food!
Love the belly picture! You are so adorable :)

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Stacey April 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

This is the stuff dreams are made of! What a wonderful birthday celebration. You look so gorgeous; almost there!

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