Recently I posted a picture of Luke from Shire CSA with Abby and Andrew from The Goodness Truck on our facebook page. I inferred there was a collaboration in the works. Now, after a summer of planning we are proud to announce that Farming Fort Collins is hosting a Farm Picnic at the wonderful Shire CSA farm in Fort Collins.
Back in the spring, Shire was the first farm I did a tour and interview with. I was amazed at the property, nestled into town and backing up to the Spring Creek Trail. I was also impressed by Luke’s dedication to his members and his philosophy on food based community. His vision goes beyond growing and providing food. It is also about the process of people creating it into joyful sustenance and sharing it with their community. Each Thursday on CSA pick up day, Luke hosts a pot luck on the farm for his members. It’s clear it is more than a neighborhood farm. It’s a gathering place and community hub.
Shire also hosts a permanent location for the The Growing Project. Part of the proceeds for this event will go to TGP to support their efforts in feeding local folks who may find themselves needing assistance. Through their gleaning project and their own gardens, they provide food to the Food Bank and other support programs.
When you add Abby and Andrew from The Goodness Truck, you know you are in for a good time. I heard about Goodness on facebook before they launched. The pictures of their food was mouth watering. I couldn’t wait to try it. This is not your average truck food. Well, after tracking them down one day outside Equinox brewery, I found they did not disappoint. Their food is fresh, homemade and as often as possible, local. A truck after my own heart (and stomach!). Abby and Andrew were excited about the thought of a farm food collaboration. Since they met Luke, you can often find fresh produce from Shire on their menu. That folks, is what this is all about.
And myself, well I love a good gathering and collaboration, hence the Farm Picnic. We will be gathering at Shire CSA for an afternoon of great food from The Goodness Truck, at a lovely location, with great local brewed beer from Odell Brewing Co, and will support a great cause too with a portion of the proceeds going to The Growing Project. So grab your favorite picnic blanket or lawn chairs, set up under the big tree near Shire’s market garden and partake in a leisurely game of bocci, corn hole or one of the other games set up on the farm. Bring your friends or make new ones. This will be a big time. So purchase your tickets soon, as they are limited. You can purchase your tickets here with this link! Hope to see you there!
**And a side note – there is no on farm parking at Shire. There is very limited parking on side streets like Stover. Please enter the farm through the Spring Creek entrance so as not to disturb the neighbors. Better yet, bike in!!