This Couple Is Growing All the Food For Their Wedding

This Couple Is Growing All the Food For Their Wedding

Trent Johnson
Aug 5, 2010

And I thought my wedding was green... Julia Davis and Andy McLeod of Maine are growing all the produce and poultry for their wedding in their "wedding garden" with the help of friends, some loaned land, and a lot of hard work. Check out the menu and how they are doing it below:

Julia and Andy along with their dog Gabbie have been tending a 7,500 square foot garden for the past year where they've planted potatoes, squash, cucumbers, onions and more all with one big day in mind: their wedding on September 25th. The couple have even been raising 50 chickens that will eventually end their lives as part of the celebration. They even experimented in brewing their own beer but decided the bottling would be too time consuming. They are also documenting all of their costs on their blog.

While subsistence farming might be a new endeavor for the couple, after they wed they plan to start a small organic farm growing vegetables, fruits, and raising animals for meat and eggs. They have a strong commitment to healthy living and value local, healthy, fresh and unprocessed food.

The menu that they plan to serve to 100 guests is quite impressive and is outlined below. To put it all together, they estimate needing the following ingredients:

  • 27 pounds of butternut squash
  • 40 pounds of potatoes
  • 12 pounds of cabbage
  • 15 pounds of carrots and various smaller amounts of other ingredients.

While it could change between now and their September 25th wedding day, they're on track to grow, cook and serve the following, as of now.

Appetizers:

  • Veggie sticks (carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, green peppers, etc.)
  • Hummus (we make a killer hummus)
  • Fruit (cantaloupe, watermelon, apples, etc.)
  • Bread (from a local bakery)
  • Cheese
  • Pesto (homemade)

Dinner:

  • Roast chicken
  • Autumn gold squash soup
  • Oven fries
  • Cubed hubbard squash with kale
  • Green salad
  • Caprese salad (tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and olive oil)
  • Asian cabbage slaw
  • Pickles
  • Bread (from a local bakery)

Dessert:

  • Pie (From a local bakery)
  • Ice cream (Made by the moms)

See recipes and follow their progress at their blog: Local Food Wedding via Treehugger.

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