Feast at the Farm

Celebrating fresh farm produce with a feast in the field has always been a dream of mine. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I love working with Barrie Hill Farms because it’s wonderfully inspiring to create recipes that are fresh from the earth and going straight to my table.

Barrie Hill Farms Feast | Simply Fresh Dinners

So I’ve been wanting to host a feast at the farm for at least a year now and after talking with Farmer Morris we decided it would be the perfect way to promote the farm to our neighbours to the south in Toronto.  It’s a quick drive from there and it’s such a wonderful family destination spot that we want everyone to know about it!

Feast in the Fields | Simply Fresh Dinners

We invited some prominent social media influencers for a tour of the farm and market as well as a feast prepared by the farm’s chef and it was a big hit.

Barrie Hill Farms, Barrie, Ontario

While we were setting up the skies were very grey and it rained off and on but the radar was promising it would let up so we had our fingers crossed.

Barrie Hill Farms Cafe | Simply Fresh Dinners

But when it comes down like this you get discouraged, right?  Soon after, the skies miraculously cleared and we had 3 hours of fabulous sunshine.  Oh boy, was I relieved!

Feast at the Farm | Simply Fresh Dinners

We started off with some beautiful appetizers – Strawberry Chambord Whipped Cheese Toasts.  The recipe for these came from my friend, Kristy’s book, Cooking with Cocktails.  You can find the recipe here on Fox and Briar’s blog.  Gorgeous!  And Delicious!

Strawberry Fields | Simply Fresh Dinners

The strawberry picking season just opened the last week so we were fortunate to include lots of strawberries on the menu.  Barrie Hill Farms is one of the premier strawberry farms in the province and I cannot get enough of this juicy sweetness each summer.

The first berries of the season | Simply Fresh Dinners

All of these photos are from Michael Lishansky of Lishansky Photography.  If you love landscape photos, you will fall in love with his images.  Take a peek here and lose yourself in the beautiful imagery.

Feast in the Field hosted by Simply Fresh Dinners

We kept the menu fairly simple with an emphasis on fresh farm produce.  The sun was shining and the company was so enjoyable that no one wanted to leave.

Feast at the Farm Menu | Simply Fresh Dinners


Barrie Hill Farms Feast | Simply Fresh Dinners

Such a lovely venue to kick back, enjoy the beauty of nature and the company of fellow food lovers.  We will be hosting two more events this summer and I can’t wait to share more!



Dessert at the farm | Simply Fresh Dinners

I had the best suggestion for dessert from my friend, Suzanne at Capizzano Olive Oils and Vinegars.  We used top of the line vanilla ice cream, topped with fresh cut strawberries and drizzled with lemon infused olive oil, strawberry balsamic vinegar and topped with fresh mint and basil.  A perfect way to end the day!  Cheers!


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    Chris Scheuer
    June 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    What a lovely, beautiful day Robyn, so fun to see these pictures of it! So creative!

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      June 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Thanks, Chris. We got lucky – everything came together beautifully that day thanks to all the hard working people on our team!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 28, 2017 at 7:12 am

    You have all the fun! Looks like a phenomenal day with great food and terrific company. Lovely photos!
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      June 29, 2017 at 10:14 am

      It really was so great, Tricia, and I was so happy for the sun after all my nail biting, lol.
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 28, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Beautiful! The weather has been so unpredictable this past while, so I’m glad the rain held off for you 🙂
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      June 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Isn’t it just the craziest weather, Jennifer? I can’t believe we’re almost at the first of July and it doesn’t even feel like we’ve had any summer yet!
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    What a fun time you all must have had! Glad the clouds went away — sounds like perfect weather. Fun pictures, too. Thanks!
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      June 29, 2017 at 10:18 am

      It was a blast, John, and I’m really looking forward to two more this summer! Thanks for visiting!
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    Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time! I’d love to do something like this one day.
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      July 2, 2017 at 5:50 am

      It was a lot of fun, Natasha, and we’re doing it twice more this summer. I can’t wait! I’ve got to see your tacos – they sound amazing!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    July 4, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Such a beautiful day! And great event. Dying to try that lemon olive oil after hearing so much about it!
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    Healthy World Cuisine
    July 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful day and lovely photos. I really like that idea for ice cream topped with lemon olive oil and balsamic glazed strawberries.

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    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    July 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I just heard your interview on the Jenny Melrose podcast. I loved hearing about your experience working with this farm and the beautiful event you organized. I’m very happy to discover your beautiful blog!
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      July 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Alix! So glad to hear you enjoyed the podcast 🙂
      Working with Barrie Hill Farms has been tremendously rewarding because new opportunities are abundant and the farm produce is so inspirational.
      I hope to be doing more podcasts with the successful influencers I’m working with so I hope you’ll stay tuned.
      Thanks so much for your feedback. So much appreciated!
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