My greatest joy during these last few weeks of cooking for the team has been when I get to check in with Leanna, our gardener extraordinaire, and see what produce she’s got available for the week. I literally hugged her recently when she showed me all the swiss chard and sugar snaps she’d picked for our meals and, in that moment, the phrase “know your farmer, know your food” hit much closer to home. This bounty means so much and elicits spontaneous hugs because I know the face behind it.
It’s given me a taste of the importance of forming a working relationship between farmer and cook. It makes me identify a bit with our wonderful chefs who understand that we are a seasonal operation and are willing to adjust their menus to the products we have available.
And then there’s the energizing creative challenge of taking the vegetables and turning them in to side dishes each night. I am learning a ton, every single day. Last year I met a young woman who managed a bed and breakfast and its attached vegetable gardens. She said it was her goal in life to get people to like eating their vegetables. A fine goal, indeed!
So, hug a farmer today! Because they’ve worked hard for you, tending plants that will nourish and sustain you.