Summer Event

Summer Fun on the Nelson Ranch and
Local Gourmet Dinner

Saturday, August 26th

2:00-4:30 Open House

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to experience life on the farm.
Includes farm tours, horse drawn hayrides, heritage displays and more.

5:00-7:00 4-Course Chef-prepared Meal with Wine Pairings

Tickets for this dinner are: $75/person- Includes Dinner and Paired Wine Tastings
Please contact if you’re interested in purchasing tickets for this optional event.




The dinner will feature Nelson Ranch Beef and produce from both our farm and our neighbors at Calliope Farms along with wine from Stottle Winery in Lacey. Dinner tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Please respond to this email if you would like more information about the event.

Tentative Menu:
Grilled beef heart skewers
Smoked beef tongue
Braised Nelson Ranch beef *
Fresh local vegetables and seasonal pickled vegetables **
Locally baked bread
Desserts featuring apples and plums from our farm

*Vegetarian entrée available for those who request one when purchasing a ticket

**Because we are using farm fresh produce and farming is unpredictable, the menu will evolve with what is available. We look forward to sharing this culinary adventure with you.


Chef Bio:

Karen Nelson, chef, caterer, and educator, is part of the 5th Generation of the Nelson family. A graduate of the Seattle Culinary Academy, she’s worked at many of Seattle’s best restaurants, including The Corson Building, Bar Sajor, Lark, The London Plane,  Harvest Vine, and Hitchcox Deli. She was a catering instructor at FareStart, a company that provides job placement and training to disadvantaged people in the Seattle area. She has also been part of catering teams led by chefs like Lisa Dupar and Traci Post, and has started her own catering company. Karen works with local Puget Sound area chefs to provide food education and special events.