A farm in Greenwich

love-opera-victoria-bakerThe Farm to table movement was designed to combat the unhealthy food choices on the market with a return to our roots.

A little while ago, a friend brought me a tomato they had grown in their garden. It was so delicious, sweet and fragrant that I realized I had never truly eaten a tomato before that day. Ever since then, I’ve been a champion of the locally grown food concept and am always on the lookout for farm-to-table restaurants.

Fortunately for us, there is a farm in Greenwich we can buy our produce from. Augustin’s Farms has been serving residents for 60 years with ten acres along the northern-most end of King Street. They offer eggs and honey in five different varieties, swiss chard, beets, carrots, garden peas, local strawberries and the list goes on.

The farm is open seven days a week from 9-5 p.m.. Farmer John Augustin, the owner, is something of a local hero: after suffering a farming accident that left him with a prosthetic leg he continues to run the farm instead of selling his land, proving that when you are passionate about what you do, obstacles just don’t get in your way anymore.

Farmer John likes to remind customers that his farm is Greenwich-grown and family-owned, a slogan he is proud of. The farm is located at 1332 King Street in Greenwich. For more information please call 203.532.9611

Last weekend, while visiting some local friends in their backcountry home in Greenwich, I enjoyed the best farm-to-table meal of my life. This couple’s extraordinary garden boasts all kinds of local vegetables as well as edible flowers such as Nasturtium, Calendula, Sweet William and Pansies.

With every bite I could literally taste the garden barely a five minute walk away, the herbs had been picked “just a few moments ago” and the flavors were abundantly clear in every mouthful. There’s nothing like a freshly picked salad with all sorts of tomatoes.

If you think you’re not a salad person, as used to be the case with me, it’s because you have yet to taste fresh produce as it was meant to be- that’s how it was for me at least! Of course, not all the vegetables in this weekend meal were handpicked from the garden, the rest came from Augustine’s Farm- which is how I first learned about them.

The most wonderful thing about the farm-to-table experience is that it takes one back to the source of one’s food…we taste the soil in the vegetable, the sunshine in the fruit and the ocean in the seafood. But most importantly, it brings us closer to the amazing people who take the time to farm these products and harvest those crops.

Somehow I feel we eat more responsibly when we know the exact source of our food. My meal will taste a thousand times more delicious knowing that Farmer John Augustin from Augustine’s Farm in Greenwich dedicates his entire life to making sure that his vegetables are the freshest.

 

Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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