Yesterday was tough to be a farm-loving foodie in Santa Cruz county. There were two farm dinners to choose from, and I hated to miss the dinner at Ella Bella Farm...but friendship called. Jim and Becky at TLC Ranch have been selected to go to Terra Madre in Italy this autumn, and Slow Food Monterey Bay helped put together a fundraiser, featuring the fabulous food of chef Justin Severino.
The really miraculous thing is that everything we ate, except the cottage cheese pictured here, was grown or raised on TLC Ranch. The sausages (three kinds) came from TLC pigs. The chicken, obviously, from TLC. The vegetables and fruit, and even the honey, were all produced by Jim and Becky.