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Slow Food Minnesota’s Spring Foraging Dinner on a Farm
Ralph Lentz Farm, 32797 738th Street, Lake City, MN
Sunday, May 15, 2011 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Dinner created by Thomas and Molly Broder of Broders’ Pasta Bar and Cucina Italiana
• Nature tours led by experts

Dina Berray foraging for chick weed in the rain. (All photos by Val Landwehr)

Saturday foragers cleaning salad greens.

Our volunteers and producers.

Terry Griffin at his Pizza Festa wood-burning oven.

Bill Davnie opens a bottle of wine as Charlotte Davnie looks on.

Jennifer Roden cuts Shepherd's Hope cheese from Shepherd's Way; also served were St. Pete's Select blue and Star Thrower Farm's Tomme. On the side were dried cherries from Wisconsin and hazelnuts from Hazelnut Valley Farm in Lake City.

The cooking tent.

Pork loin was grilled with a rhubarb glaze. Garlic-pistachio sausages were spiralled and grilled. The pork came from Pastures A Plenty farm in Kerkhoven.

Ron Huff, the founder of Slow Food Minnesota, enjoys a beer.

Charlie Broder.

Kids practice their net skills before the insect tour.

The pond and young entomologists.

Ralph Lentz takes a group on a tour to the pastures. His daughter Deb Lentz is at the left.

Anna Gerenday talked about wild mushrooms.

The raw materials.

Light of the Moon band.

Ralph Lentz talks about grass farming and its benefits to the environment.

Molly Broder talks about the food as Thomas Broder waits his turn to speak.

Ralph Lentz with dinner.

Salad of wild greens with hazelnuts and hazelnut-oil dressing.

Focaccia with dandelion greens, ramps and violets was baked in the pizza oven.

Lasagne made with nettle pasta and filled with morels.

Norm Erickson shows one of his hazelnuts.

Dessert was a shortcake with tomato jam and basil whipped cream. It was donated by French Meadow Café.

The tour schedule.

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