This year’s 14th annual Niman Ranch Farmer Appreciation Dinner was a unique farm-to-table event which celebrated the hard work and independent spirit of the farmers who supply humanely and sustainably raised pork for Niman Ranch.
For the last several years, turning the corner of summer into fall has been marked by the Niman Ranch Farmer Appreciation dinner. It’s when we pool our collective talents and orchestrate the most important event of the year by saying Thank You to our farmers. Farmers who work outdoors in both sunshine and rain, hot and cold weather to produce the greatest tasting pork on earth.
The weekend is held each fall in Des Moines and features farm tours, sustainability seminars and lots of eating. It’s crowned with a 400-person dinner celebrating the connection between the farmers raising our food and the chefs committed to honoring it. It’s a Farm-to-Table Celebration!
So I thought it would be fun to give you a little taste of the dinner by offering a pork recipe that captures the spirit of the dinner and marks the symbolic corner from summer to fall with a dish that’s fun for everyone to make. The intention when cooking Niman pork is to enhance it with complementary flavors while celebrating the wonderful flavor it has from the love and attention given by the farmers throughout the year.