Despite truly dismal weather, Slow Food Charleston managed to put on a beautiful Harvest Potluck at Joseph Fields’ Farm on Johns Island. The hospitality was warm, the food was exquisite, and the mood was only slightly dampened from having to squeeze everything and everyone into a small covered area.

Singer Ann Caldwell and her jazz ensemble Loose Fitt played heroically — you’d never know that a sudden downpour soaked them and their instruments before they were able to shuffle everything inside. The band continued to roll out smooth music without missing a beat. The swanky sounds were a perfect accompaniment to the wine and the 12 or so dishes, which were all the more tantalizing for being pushed together onto a single table (the platters were originally placed on picnic tables with pretty fall centerpieces, but those got soaked).

Slow Food Charleston Executive Director Susan Bass was a lovely hostess, greeting newcomers and making sure everyone felt welcome. The farm tour was a raving success — guests boarded a high wagon with long bench seats (exactly like the ones they use in those scary Halloween hay rides) pulled by a tractor. Unafraid of the menacing skies, the group waved and smiled as the tractor chugged its way to the far reaches of the farm. Potluckers continued to trickle in at a steady rate, but after a while I was too distracted to notice the swelling ranks. There was some amazing blueberry cobbler calling my name.

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