February 24, 2011 § 1 Comment
Today I visited Pastures of Plenty Farm and it is just such a beautiful place. Lyle, the owner, was one of the founders of Alfalfa’s, a natural and organic food store which is reopening this Spring after being owned by Whole Foods most recently.
Lyle bought the farm in 1993 and his family is only the 3rd family to have lived on and farmed the property dating back to the 1800s. It’s a beautiful place. His house is built from the original 1890s homestead house as well as another house of that same time period he bought and had moved when he found out the property owners were just going to demolish it. Lyle lives good food; in addition to growing fresh produce he also owns a catering business and hosts special events on the farm (especially weddings). His farm was featured on Bobby Flay’s Food Nation to introduce people to the farm to table concept; Lyle’s farm was one of the first to adopt that practice.
I am a total sucker for fresh flowers and one of the special parts of the farm is that they grow all kinds of gorgeous flowers throughout the season. They use them for the weddings and events they host, but as a CSA member you can also get a weekly supply of fresh flowers. Lyle showed us gorgeous pictures of his fields covered in peonies last Summer.
As part of the CSA, Lyle also does cooking classes throughout the season as well as farm tours to explain more about organic farming. There is great outdoor event space with a wood burning oven where he hosts the events.
For me this week, I’m already able to tell that I not only want to join a CSA to get better food and support local agriculture, but also to feel a connection with where that food is coming from. Lyle’s place is a great farm and is a very welcoming place. It just has a good vibe.
It is going to be a hard decision to make at the end of the week. There are so many amazing farms in this area.