9 Connecticut farm dinners to try in late summer and fall

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It's the best time of year — for enjoying the riches from Connecticut's farms. The state's farmers and chefs collaborate for special dinners throughout the summer and fall, dreaming up multi-course menus with whatever's fresh and in season. 

Dine alfresco under the stars, where you may be seated within steps of the fields or vines where the produce on your plate was harvested just hours before. Here's a roundup of farm dinners happening around Connecticut in late August, September and October.

Max Chef to Farm's event schedule continues at Simsbury's Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, with tickets available for an Aug. 28 Lobsterfest seafood feast, a BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass dinner on Sept. 22 and the annual Hoptoberfest beer festival on Oct. 9. Ticket prices vary by event.

Dinners at the Farm, a project of River Tavern that began its run in 2006, is offering a new experience this year. Sunday-evening dinners will celebrate the produce found every weekend at the Chester Sunday Farmer's Market, running weekly until Sept. 25. Dinners will be held under the tent in the garden at OTTO, River Tavern's sister restaurant. 

DORO Restaurant Group, which comprises Avert, Treva, Zohara and DORO Marketplace in West Hartford and Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester, hosts a series of summer and fall dinner events at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Dinners featuring the cuisine of Zohara, Treva and DORO will be held on Sept. 9, Sept. 30 and Oct. 14. Other events include a Sub Edge Farm cooking experience Aug. 28, a Sub Edge concert on Oct. 2 and a chefs' fundraiser event for Sub Edge Oct. 16. Details and pricing will be updated on dorocateringandevents.com.

White Gate Farm in East Lyme hosts a Mexican feast Aug. 21 to showcase high summer farm produce, featuring chef Tami Grooney and White Gate farmer Laura Ramos, who will prepare tamales. Dinner will be served outdoors, and guests are welcome to BYOB. 

Outstanding in the Field, a tour of specialty farm dinners with events scheduled across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa, hosts three Connecticut dinners in August. While an Aug. 22 date at Stone Acres Farm in Stonington and an Aug. 27 date at The Hickories in Ridgefield are sold out, tickets remain for The Hickories' Aug. 28 dinner. with guest chef Johan Jensen from Stonington's Whitecrest Eatery.

Stone Acres Farm in Stonington offers its Summer Nights four-course pop-up farm dinner series schedule through Sept. 3. Enjoy a menu inspired by local farmers, fisherman and artisans, showcasing the best of the season. Vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian menus available, and all dietary restrictions and allergies welcome. See details at 85thdayllc.com.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield hosts an "Aldrich Artists at the Table" farm dinner Sept. 17, featuring locally-sourced courses prepared by Hayfields Market. Tables will be set with menu cards with artwork by exhibiting artist LaKela Brown for guests to take home, along with Bridgewater Chocolates. The evening will include a silent auction featuring works of art by artists who have exhibited at The Aldrich, and exclusive experiences. 

Field House Farm in Madison hosts its next farm dinner Oct. 1, with four to five courses prepared by chef David Borselle. Tony Lombardozzi offers wine pairings for each course, and the meal finishes with exclusive desserts by hen&heifer bakery in Guilford.

Roux Cajun Eatery hosts a Brunch Under The Tent event at West Simsbury's Flamig Farm Oct. 9, featuring brunch dishes using Flamig Farm eggs, live music, trolley rides and guided hikes.