by Jessica Wright
The latest and greatest buzz these days in restaurants is the "farm to table" experience where you can feel as if your food was hand-picked moments earlier. For us, it actually was.
Typically, the chef will construct dishes based on whatever food is available in that season locally, as well as garnishes and variations he comes up with himself. When you eat farm to table, you know that the food you're served is as fresh as it comes.
It wasn't any different on a cloudy day up in Westchester County, New York. We took a day trip to Blue Hill at Stone Barns. This farm is enchanting, and free range chickens and turkeys roam the fields. As you walk through the greenhouse, a farmer herds sheep behind you. When you work up an appetite, they have a restaurant on site that sources all the ingredients from their fields and pastures.
This restaurant includes dishes such as "The Fence", which is a long, elegantly stained beam with the morning's vegetables nailed to it. After this, you can enjoy dishes like one consisting of home-made pesto and greens you cut yourself.
This interactive dining experience not only allows you to feel good about the food you are consuming, it brings an added, earthy awareness to your everyday food choices. Not only can you know where your food came from, you can walk the fields and scatter the animals. While Blue Hills at Stone Barns is the ultimate farm-to-table, since the tables are on the farm, it's easy to find a good farm-to-table experience nearby.
If there's no restaurant like this near you, why not do it at home? We thought it would be a great way to be deliberate by picking up some fresh, local ingredients, and re-creating a farm to table experience at the house so that we can share it with our friends. Happy farming everyone, whether you go out or stay in.