On Saturday I surprised Mark with something a little different. We went to a Basil Festival at the Goat Lady Dairy Farm. We have bought their goat cheese many times at the farmer’s market and had always been interested in attending one of the gourmet lunches/dinners they have. Goat Lady Dairy uses sustainable farming practices and believes in biodiversity in order to create harmonious growth in their gardens. They do not use pesticides so all of their vegetables are organic.
They started off by taking us on a tour of some of their gardens and then told us about many ways basil could be used, both medicinally and for cooking. Afterward we went inside for a delicious lunch.
The lunch consisted of a trio of cheese plate (Gray’s Chapel, Basil Chevre, and Goat Cheese), sliced tomatoes with a basil buttermilk dressing, thai basil chicken with rice, roasted vegetables, and okra. There was also a basket of homemade bread and a delicious herb butter. Our meal with a a dessert of peaches, blueberries, and a chevre sweet cream. It was a delightful lunch that incorporated basil into every component that they could. We were also given basil sugar cookies at the end of the meal.
For more information on the Goat Lady Dairy Farm, please go to http://www.goatladydairy.com/