1. What is your favorite vegetable to purchase at the Farmers Market right now? Hands down – Tomatoes. They are abundant and beautifully ripe & ready to eat. The farmers have a gorgeous variety of Heirloom Tomatoes that may not always look so pretty but the flavor is outstanding, each one unique in their varying bright tomato flavor
2. What farm (or Farmer) do you often purchase from at the Farmers Market? There are so many but we love Hairston Farms for so many things (Asparagus, Baby Artichokes, Baby Beets, Peppers) but right now its their Tomatoes , they have our most favorite Tomato Varietal the “Green Zebra”. They are Green and striped when fully ripe but not at all tart. The tomato flavor is bright with a soft acidity, perfect to eat just as is with a little salt.
We LOVE IO Ranch who has become more of a partner than supplier and a very good friend. Jeff works closely with us and we have an ongoing dialogue about what he has in good supply and dishes we want to feature. Through this dialogue we have been able to work our way around the animal in a way that helps us both in terms of product availability and supply as well as cost efficiency. Its this kind of relationship that we relish above all else and look to achieve with all our suppliers
3. Why is it important to you to shop at Farmers Markets? So we can see the actual products and hand select but also to cultivate the kind of relationship/dialogue mentioned above. The farmers and ranchers know their product best and are hugely important in understanding what's happening in our food supply chain. Its very important to have a face to face dialogue with them so we understand not only what they are growing but what is happening in their fields. How their products are being affected by current climate conditions ie: abundant rain to searing heat. By working with the farmers directly we understand what they can offer and they understand what we are looking for so we “grow” together. By supporting the farmers markets directly we are supporting a genuine relationship with food and affecting the food supply chain in a positive way