We know how to celebrate in Rappahannock County. Maybe it’s in the air we breathe. Or in the soil that feed us.
But I do love those feasts outside. In this case, in a grassy area, between the farm house and the pasture where the sheep are grazing, with view of the Blue Ridge mountains and the sunset to the West.
It’s a whole production – part entertainment too!
First, there is the pit that is set-up the day before.
Then Keith gets a boy from the house to start the fire (under careful supervision, of course!). Yeah! Boys starting the fire using the weed dragon (looks like a miniature flame thrower)… I don’t care what age they are: whether 10, 25 or 50, they all get a huge silly grin on their face when handling that thing: works every time! (we also use it to weed really tough spots at home).
Prepping the lamb: stuffing it with handful of thyme and rosemary, hours before dinner time since it needs to roast slowly and evenly.