>> Thursday, November 19, 2009
Yippee! After all my whining and lamenting, it turns out there are plenty of industrious ants who worked hard all summer on their food stores. Even better, some want to sell their food to this lazy grasshopper!
My Dad, his girlfriend, and my favorite aunt came for a visit on Saturday. After sitting around and chatting for a while we worked up quite an appetite, so Spouse and I took them to lunch at a lovely little restaurant only about 15 minutes from home, called the Restaurant at Elderberry Pond. We had actually been there once before with friends, and found their dinners are beyond delicious. The best beef I have ever eaten in my life was at this restaurant.
We were so distracted when we were there before that we didn't pay enough attention to the whole story behind the place, and its mission. I walked away with some vague impression of organic-ness and home-grown veggies, but that was about it.
Saturday, happily, I paid more attention.
Elderberry Pond is a 100 acre mostly organic farm, and they serve home-grown and home-raised foods at their restaurant. Local AND organic. Even better than that, they will cater to my weird dietary restrictions. Plus, the restaurant is set in an idyllic, pastoral spot, surrounded by beautiful fields and orchards. The building is elegant, inside and out, and is tastefully furnished with antiques, arts and crafts. In short, the place has atmosphere. For me, it doesn't get any better than that combination.
Or so I thought.
Like all good farmers, these folks are scientists. Check out some info about their farming practices, and how they work this land that has been farmed since the 1800s. It's amazing to me how much can be done with a little thought, planning, creativity, ingenuity, and an incredible amount of hard labor. A whole heck of a lot of apparently profitable, sustainable and yummy farming can be done without pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
I now have apples aplenty to get me through the holidays, of three different varieties. Their Swiss chard is a work of art. Seriously. It's so pretty I hate to cook it. Some of our haul:
For now, this grasshopper is so happy she's Muppet Happy. (Come on, you can picture it - remember Kermit from the intro of the old Muppet Show?)