Story posted September 20, 2010
New Jersey is the garden state but Maine is giving it a run for its money this year. It has been a terrific growing season for farms and orchards across the state. Last year, no one had tomatoes, this year you find shoe boxes full of them on your desk when you come into work. People are pleading with you to please take their zucchini. The abundance is kind of embarrassing for a Mainer.
On Wednesday evening, Bowdoin celebrated the harvest at our annual Fall Locavore Dinner in both dining halls. Although Dining Service makes a commitment to local food throughout the year, this is an opportunity to pack as much Maine product into one night as is humanly possible. The Bowdoin organic garden was the star, providing salad greens, braising greens, tomatoes, celery, leeks, red onions, basil, zucchini, summer squash and some beautiful sunflowers. Other local farms provided apples, blueberries, potatoes and corn. The Maine fish chowder was chock full of local haddock, the Thai Chicken Pizza dazzled with free-range chicken from Warren, ME, and the beef stew featured Angus beef from Archer Farms in Chesterville, ME owned by Bowdoin alum, Ray Buck ’80.
Perhaps the most popular item was at the dessert station where student chefs sauteed Macintosh apples and cranberries in butter with brown sugar and brandy. Served warm over locally made vanilla ice cream, it was Mainely, insanely delicious.