See the Slow Food dinner at Wheeler Farm

As we posted earlier, Cloud 9 and Wheeler farms hosted the Slow Food Pikes Peak group for a day of tours and feasting. That group really knows how to throw a potluck — emphasizing its one of the few slow-food groups that actually eats when it meets — with the final meal at Wheeler including mead, Middle Eastern dishes, artichokes, bundt cakes, pastries, and the incredible deliciousness of Wheeler’s pork, turkey and raw goat’s milk.

See below for more photos from the event, held last Sunday, and here’s more about the two farms, who have CSA spaces available, and food group:

About Wheeler: “We believe that chickens were born to forage and pigs are meant to root.  Our animals are not confined in buildings, they have adequate shelter for protection from bad weather and prey and they get to enjoy the outdoors every day.”

About Cloud 9: “All of our animals are raised on pasture or free ranged. We use soy-free, non-GMO feeds, never administer hormones, and only use antibiotics as a last resort to save a life. We practice low-stress livestock handling and believe happy, healthy, loved animals make tasty, healthy, nutrient dense food.”

About Slow Food: “Slow Food Colorado Springs is the local non-profit voice for good, clean, and fair food in the Pikes Peak Region. As the local chapter of Slow Food USA, we advocate for local food production by local farmers/ranchers.”

The Wheelers' handmade smokehouse on the left and farmhouse on the right.
The Wheelers’ handmade smokehouse on the left and farmhouse on the right.
Buck. Hi Buck.
Buck. Hi Buck.
Inside the new greenhouse.
Inside the new greenhouse.
Outside the new greenhouse.
Outside the new greenhouse.
Barn cat.
Barn cat.
Edie with the Wheelers' coming crops of peppers, lettuce and more.
Edie with the Wheelers’ coming crops of peppers, lettuce and more.
Melons planted between 70-year-old apple trees.
Melons planted between 70-year-old apple trees.
Meat birds.
Meat birds.
A mixed-breed Mangalitsa/Red Wattle pig.
A mixed-breed Mangalitsa/Red Wattle pig.
The youth.
The youth.
Young chickens separated from the main flock until older.
Young chickens separated from the main flock until older.
The curious kids.
The curious kids.
An olive-laden dish next to falafels and radish.
An olive-laden dish next to falafels and radish.
Fresh raw goat's milk.
Fresh raw goat’s milk.
The level of super-rich, soft fat flowing through each piece was incredible.
The level of super-rich, soft fat flowing through each piece was incredible.
The turkey.
The turkey.
Drink from Black Forest Meadery, and friends.
Drink from Black Forest Meadery, and friends.
My plate. Crispy rice, cornbread, beet salad, falafel, artichoke rice, super-moist turkey and incredible Wheeler pork.
My plate. Crispy rice, cornbread, beet salad, falafel, artichoke rice, super-moist turkey and incredible Wheeler pork.
Milk time.
Milk time.
This was 50 times cuter than you can imagine from the picture.
This was 50 times cuter than you can imagine from the picture.

[Images: Bryce Crawford]