Sunday, August 31, 2008

Another day at the Farm

As a chef, I always want to bring the farm to the table. But more often than not I make a phone call to my sources and the next day its at my back door. It comes from a local farm, but the connection is not there. Its another delivery that is taken for granted by the cooks, waitstaff, managers and chefs. Just another day at the office.

One of the luxuries we have here at Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro, is the hidden gem, Wards Berry Farm in Sharon MA.Run by Jim Ward (who handles the farm) and his brother who runs the farm store and sandwich shop. Only 3 miles from our back door, this farm has allowed us to make a connection with the land, the hard working people getting their hands dirty day in and day out, to grow the finest produce I have experienced in a long time. My chefs and I go there to have lunch almost on a daily basis, a great sandwich, loaf of bread, wedge of cheese, raw ear of corn and a peach from the tree and we eat right at the farm no forks, no knives, no fancy dining room.

Have you ever imagined what an ear of corn tastes like right off the stalk? Or a peach that fell from its tree because it was so ripe and juicy that its own weight broke it off the branch. Heirloom cherry tomatoes that are so distinct in flavor and freshness that I will never eat another grocery store tomato again.

If you remember the movie Willy Wonka, theres a line in the movie that says the "blueberries taste like blueberries" well every thing that Jim Ward grows tastes as it should.

We had the pleasure of taking our photographer, Matt Demers to the farm. Here are some photos I would like to share with you. This same produce will grace the plates at Tastings for as long as the season remains strong. A connection between the farm and the chef is an experience that is meant to be shared with those who wish to dive into a culinary journey of pure flavor and freshness, no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors.

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