Thanks to people who have requested it, Ridge to Reef Farm (R2R Farm) has put together two special Slow Down Dinners for next weekend, July 20 and 21. Come try farm grown foods prepared by farmer chefs on either or both nights.
The evening will include six plated courses of farm fresh food, grown, harvested and prepared with intention and love. Chef Andrew Thaldorf and Sous Chef Daniel Holdsworth will be crafting original farm-fresh dishes with the R2R’s huge tomato crop, bell peppers, falling mangoes, field pumpkins, carrots, cucumbers, greens, herbs, fruits of the season and other special selections from fellow farms across the island. Attendees’ donations will support the VI Farm to School program, which has begun its summer nutrition service to kids on St. Croix.
Both nights will also feature a live fire dancing performance from Coral Fire.
To RSVP: email [email protected] or TEXT R2R’s new line at 473-1557. Include your party name, number of guests, which night (7/20 and/or 7/21), and preference for either omnivore or vegan.
BYOB! Coolers are welcomed; there are no corking fees. There will be a tour of the farm at 6:30 p.m.; dinner seating will be at 7 p.m. Recommended $60-100/pp cash or check donation plus TIP and optional drink extras. Sign up on the website MAILING LIST to get complete information, directions and other farm announcements. High clearance vehicles are recommended but not required. http://www.ridge2reef.org/event-news.html
Details and Reservations: (RSVPs are required; the porch is only so big. In between each dish plating, enjoy brief presentations and stories from the farmers and chefs. Dress is island casual. Arrivals are welcome starting at 6:15 p.m. Seats are limited and are first-come-first serve; reservations and confirmations are required. Please make certain members of your party do not double book.
Directions to Ridge to Reef Farm: from the east, take Mahogany Road (freshly paved) into the rainforest past Norma’s Domino Club and take the second right turn onto 763 to Route 58 (look for Ridge to Reef Farm sign). Follow until reaching top of hill where scenic west connects and look for the farm sign and metal gate at that intersection. Follow into farm property and descend into Caledonia Valley in 1/2 mile and park at bottom of hill near the solar-powered community center. Drive slowly over speed bumps and taking a higher clearance vehicle if possible. Carpooling is a good idea, as parking is limited with all the new gardens.
Directions from the west: take Creque Dam Road 58 past Creque Dam and Mt. Victory Campground to the top of the road where it connects with scenic west (approximately 2.7 miles from Sprat Hall). Turn sharp left at farm gate and follow directions above from the gate.