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Last month I attended Johnson’s Corner Farms first ever Farm to Fork Dinner. Leading up to it I was super excited because my husband and I love trying new and different things for our date nights. The idea of eating fresh food under the stars outside of an old farm house seemed so cool!

We got a few friends to join us and we were all looking forward to what the night would bring. The day of the event I started to worry as the rain clouds loomed above and right before the event the skies opened up.  I was worried that the ambiance of the Farm to Fork dinner would be ruined by the rain, but as always The Johnson’s never disappoint!

IMG_2213The Johnson’s quickly changed the plans to an indoor dinner when they realized it was going to rain. This did not put a damper on the eventing at all! As we pulled up we were greeted by Mr. Johnson and his mother Betty right outside of her art studio. The Hors d’oeuvres hour was changed to here which happens to be one of the original barns on the property. Her art was proudly displayed around the room and as we listened to a guitarist we were able to chat with the Johnsons as well as other guests. Hors d’oeuvres were served as we sipped the wine we had brought. Everything was so quaint and adorable. I loved the atmosphere of this room.

IMG_2212About an hour in we were brought into one of the original farmhouses which is where dinner was served due to the weather. There was a short pause in the rain so Mr. Johnson and his wife took us to the back deck overlooking the fields and spoke a little about the farm. It was really cool to hear the history of the farm and see how excited they were about this event. One of the things he said that stuck out to me was, “Although we are known for our family fun, we really want to get back to what we do best, which is farming.” This dinner is their way to connect to the community and share the delicious foods and atmosphere that really make Johnsons Corner Farm so special.

IMG_2214The food, wow! I’m not a foodie and honestly I don’t usually try things that are out of my norm, but I wanted to give everything a chance and I’m so glad I did! Chef Scott Reddy at Johnson’s is highly trained and doesn’t get to put his skills to the test often. This dinner highlighted his talent and everyone was impressed! The first course was pea soup with crab meat. We then had a flank steak salad followed by lemon sorbet to cleanse our palates. The main course was pork belly with an egg on top served over lentils. I rarely eat pork and I was scraping my plate! It was better than I ever anticipated! For dessert the rain had stopped so we enjoyed our strawberry cheesecake on the deck under the stars. It was a fantastic ending to a wonderful night!

IMG_2215We all left saying we’d 100% go back again. My husband and his friend got into the car and said it was one of the coolest things we’d done in awhile and that they couldn’t believe it was so close to home! We have gathered a group of friends and will be at another one of the Summer events.

The next one will take place on Thursday June 25th and they are taking reservations now. The menu is different and you can find more information HERE.

When asked by friends if it was worth it, I can honestly say yes! You are getting both a fabulous dinner and an amazing atmosphere. It really was a beautiful evening! I highly recommend trying it!  -Sandy

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