One of the most anticipated crops to come in at the end of the summer isn’t food, it’s dahlias, which are at their peak in New England in mid September, and you can dine among the dinner plates at Siena Farms on Saturday, September 23rd with some of your favorite local chefs. Dinner in the Dahlias, the farm’s annual fundraiser to support their Community Sponsored Farm Share program and the Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund (MFRF), is a dinner that happens right in the heart of their two-acre dahlia field in Sudbury, and features a veggie-centric menu from an all-star team of chefs including Ana Sortun of Oleana, Pri Paige from Sofra, Steven “Nookie” Postal from Revival and Commonwealth, Michael Serpa of Select Oyster Bar, Little Whale Oyster Bar, and Atlantico, Marc Sheehan from Northern Spy, David Bazirgan from UNI, Kwasi Kwaa from Comfort Kitchen, and Mike & Hanna Lombardi from The Donut Stand and The Vin Bin.
In addition to a fabulous dinner there’ll be live brass music and an open beer and wine bar, plus you can feel good about raising a glass because 10% of the event proceeds will go toward MFRF to help farms across the region that were affected by floods this summer, and each ticket will cover the cost of a CSA membership for a local family facing hunger. The party runs from 4:30 to 8:00pm and you can snag tickets here. Ticket prices range from $380 for adults (15+) and $216 for kids 6-14 (kids under 6 are free with the price of an adult ticket); A 12-week Small Vegetable Share will be sponsored by each adult Farm Dinner ticket purchase, and a 6-week Kids’ Share will be sponsored by each child ticket purchase. You can also spring for the Dinner & Dahlia Package (adults, $620, kids 6-14, $416), which includes all the dinner perks plus a farm tour and PYO dahlia harvest with Farmer Chris before dinner, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m, where you’ll get to walk through the fields and greenhouses and harvest your own large bucket of dahlias to take home (approx. $200 retail value of dahlias per bucket). If you have any Qs give the farm a call in Sudbury at 978.261.5365, and follow them on IG to get a sneak peek at all the booms as they start coming into season.