Seaweed has always played an important role in the cultural, culinary and spiritual life of the Irish people. For thousands of years, they have farmed, bathed and cooked with seaweed and it is as important to their cultural identities as their Celtic songs and the message of tolerance that St. Patrick planted in their hearts forevermore.
“One of the biggest misconceptions about farming is that, when winter arrives, it’s all over until it’s time for spring peas.”
Imagine slithering through a plastic tunnel – outdoors, mind you – that’s eight feet tall and six feet wide. You’re slithering because it’s full of beets and carrots, and there is ice hanging from the top of the tunnel. If the ice breaks off, it could damage the crops you’ve worked so hard to grow. The truth is, even if you didn’t bump into the icicles and break them off, the blustery winter winds could do it for you. And, here’s one more catch. While in the tunnel, you also needed to figure out to oh-so-delicately harvest the crops.
When Tom Skrovan’s neighbors see him outside gardening, they typically ask the same question: “Don’t you get enough of the outdoors at work?” His answer? “Nope!”
"I'm glad to be part of The Chef's Garden because I know we provide natural flavors that way the chefs can provide healthy food for their customers." Oscar Perez - The Chef's Garden Asparagus and Mr. Frye's Rhubarb Grower
At The Chef's Garden we are doing more than just preserving heirloom vegetables. We are honoring flavor. Mr. Frye grew all kinds of vegetables along the shores of Lake Erie. But he was especially renowned for his rhubarb. Click here to read more about Mr. Frye's Rhubarb.