At the end of yesterday night, there was one thing that we all regretted: not going to Earth Sky Time Community dinners all summer. Well, that, and maybe not training our arm wrestling muscles.

This summer, we had the support of Earth Sky Time Community Farm as our ‘Veggie Sponsor,’ meaning that we took part in their CSA (which included veggies, herbs, and their unbelievable BREAD) in exchange for our part in food blogging and an end-of-the-summer event: The Arm Wrestle with Olympians Dinner.

Fall bounty from this week's CSA
Fall bounty from this week’s CSA

When Oliver and Bonnie Levis, the operators of Earth Sky Time, suggested the dinner, we bounced between the ideas of sprint races, arm wrestling and a roller ski derby (oh the future!) and landed on the final Fresh Farm dinner of the year, where we would attend and arm wrestle farm goers to raise money either for our team or for the farm. At the idea, we were like, “Sure! I mean, we’re pretty endurance-y and skinny, but we can be strong too!” We were sort of right (which could also be interpreted as sort of wrong).

I’ll be the first to admit, I misinterpreted what the Farm Dinner would be. I expected to enjoy some tasty veggies and hummus, cross legged on a barn floor with banjos playing in the background and kombucha brewing in the kitchen. And I was excited. Those who know me will agree, I can get down for a little home kombucha.

Again, I was sort of right (wrong). When we arrived at the Wilburton Inn for dinner, it became evident that we would not be sitting on the floor. We entered the Inn to find an elegant scene, well, Vermont elegant, of made tables, lit candles, hanging lanterns, live music, unbelievable food and vibrant people.

The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, VT
The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, VT
The SMS T2 table
The SMS T2 table

For dinner, we had a feast of quinoa-kale-chickpea-spinach-pesto-baba-ganouch-squash-tart-tasty-I’m-dying with a side of I-haven’t-had-a-meal-this-good-ever and spent the evening soaking in the atmosphere, listening to music and meeting new friends. Amongst the crowd, the pearl-to-dread ratio was dead even, and every person we talked to found a one connection or another to each other, joined together by more than great food, but also a love for the area, nature and community. Like I said, Vermont elegant.

Jessie and Erika, happy happy happy
Jessie and Erika, happy happy happy
Erika and Ben practicing their double arm wrestle, in case things got interesting.
Erika and Ben practicing their double arm wrestle, in case things got interesting.

After dinner, it was time for us to roll up our sleeves and do some wrestling. At first, there were not many volunteers (we like to think we’re pretty intimidating), but once one brave soul stepped up and defeated Ben, not easily, too his credit, the challenges poured in.

Our first challenger and victor
Our first challenger and victor

Here’s how it worked: A challenger would approach the table and triumphantly slam $5 onto the table before diving into an arm or thumb wrestle. If the SMST2 athlete won the competition, the $5 went to the team, if not, the challenger won a drink or a loaf of bread. We came out at the end of the night on top of about 50% of our wrestles (ok, fine, 40%). The evening proved as a good jump on our 100K Fundraising, but an even better chance to make new friends and further interact with our community.

Annie fighting to an eventual $5
Annie fighting to an eventual $5
The battle of the flannels
The battle of the flannels
Andy, thinking about those extra bicep curls.
Andy, thinking about those extra bicep curls.
I didn't have many challengers. Probably because of my stone cold game face.
I didn’t have many challengers. Probably because of my stone cold game face.
Annie taking on Oliver in a thumb war, the only competition she lost that night.
Annie taking on Oliver in a thumb war, the only competition she lost that night.
The face of agony
The face of agony
Things got aggressive
Things got aggressive. No chairs, no rules. 
Thank you to Earth Sky Time for their love and support this summer! We can't wait until next year's Farm Dinners!
Thank you to Earth Sky Time for their love and support this summer! We can’t wait until next year’s Farm Dinners!

I’ve you need me, I’ll be doing bicep curls.

-AP

 

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