A Farm-to-Table Dinner with Common Ground

A Farm-to-Table Dinner with Common Ground

On a warm summer evening, I gathered alongside the folks at Common Ground for a family-style farm-to-table church dinner held at Valley Malt Farm. The farm was filled with good food and hearty laughter. Kids ran around chasing balloons and sliding down a zip line tied between trees. Others toured the garden and chicken coop in back while the rest of us dressed salads, made pesto, and topped pizza crusts from Hillside with tomatoes and basil grown from their backyard beds or communal garden plot at Grow Food Northampton. Local beer made with the hops right off the farm was served alongside gingered teas and water. By the time the tables were set and the pizzas came steaming hot out of the wood-fired cob oven, Reverend Sarah Buteux and the 30 or so folks in attendance broke bread, sang, and spoke of nature and sacred meals before they sat down at the communal tables and blankets to enjoy the feast and setting sun.

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