Branches and Blessings

Branches and Blessings: Summer Farm-to-Table dinners at Bierwagen’s Farm

By Katherine Goodwin

Join Bierwagen’s Farm for their third annual Branches and Blessing summer dining experience. The Bierwagen family will be hosting three farm-to-table dinners in their picturesque Black Arkansas apple orchard in Chicago Park. This land has been part of the family farming operation for generations, and is a beautiful piece of the farming community in Nevada County.

Photo submitted by Bierwagen's Farm

Photo submitted by Bierwagen’s Farm

The opening to this farm-to-table dining season is at 5:30 p.m. on June 17, just in time for Father’s Day weekend.

Using local and organic ingredients from their own land and from a variety of Nevada County organic farms, the Bierwagen’s have crafted menus showcasing the diverse bounty of our area. Each course is built around the freshest ingredients from local farms, vendors, and bounty from Bierwagen’s land as well. The family is excited to provide another venue for the bustling farming community to showcase the blessings of the season.

With farming roots that reach back to the start of the Chicago Park farming community, the Bierwagen family has seen countless changes and movements in the agrarian life of Nevada County. Watching local farmers breaking new ground to help feed the community has been the inspiration for this year’s dinners. Fruits from Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit will be served along with meats from Pharis Pork and Poultry and vegetables from a number of different local farmers. The overarching hope is to provide another opportunity for our farmers to connect our community with the fruit of their labors and celebrate the blessings of the land.

Rosie Bierwagen, a “natural chef,” will be preparing the feast, which will begin with assorted hors d’oeuvres including devils on a horseback, which are dates stuffed with parmesan cheese wrapped in bacon and baked.  Next will be a fresh arugula salad with beets, fennel, and feta cheese, followed by an entrée of deliciously seasoned, succulent barbecued brick chicken served with crispy potatoes and a newly harvested vegetable medley.  For dessert, Rosie is making seasonal fruit filled crepes using produce grown right there on the farm.  Wine from Solune, located just down the road, will be served as well as coffee.  “Our

Photo submitted by Bierwagen's Farm

Photo submitted by Bierwagen’s Farm

food isn’t typical gourmet, but it’s fresh and delicious, and there’s plenty of it,” said Chris Bierwagen.

With three events planned for this summer, diners will experience the full yield of the summer season. Mark your calendar for June 17th, July 8th, and August 5th. Tickets are $85 each. Please call 273-4005 to reserve tickets, or come down to the Farm Market located next to the Happy Apple Kitchen to purchase your tickets. There’s room for everyone at the table!