Pull up the wellies, barn boots or rubber boots (whatever you want to call'em) because at our farmhouse & cooking school here in Le Marche, Italy - we head straight into the garden to pick our fruits & vegetables for every meal!
It is incredibly satisfying to walk a hundred feet from the house, with a group of guests & pick the night's dinner! If you are lucky enough to make it to a cooking class that is the first stop!
Our guests experience picking the zucchini or eggplants off the vine, checking in on the tomatoes, popping a bright red cherry tomato in their mouth then heading up to the kitchen to create delicious simple dishes with the cucumbers still warm from the sun!
With a crate full of fresh picked veggies the cooking begins!
Everything we serve is local & seasonal inspired by local traditions - most dishes only have 3 or 4 ingredients - extra virgin olive oil, salt (maybe lemon or vinegar) & the veg of choice. I may be a bit bias - but I must say these veggies are freakn' awesome - even the lettuces have so much more flavor in their delicate leaves than I would have ever imagined.
Does it get any better? Sharing a meal with friends & family around the table with the freshest ingredients prepared simply ~ creating delicious memories is what we do best!
"Farm to the table" experiences can truly transcend the holiday - many guests return home excited to become more connected to their food & start digging their own garden or expanding their current one (some have even added outdoor ovens-here's to you Primo!) Even if you don't have a garden a great way to eat farm fresh is to support your local CSA - Communtiy Supported Agriculture where you can purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
So keep on eating locally & seasonally from the farm to the table!