Before he can harvest his crop of new potatoes, grower Cruz Figueroa Lopez has to first save a life.
In 2018, tomatoes are being used in creative cuisines around the world in unique and delicious ways. And, as we once again enter the long-anticipated summer tomato season, we thought we’d take a more in-depth look at this incredible crop.
Chef and farmer talked the talk and walked the walk during a farm visit on June 5 with Chef Michael Dengelegi, chef de cuisine at Aviary NYC. Chef Michael toured the farm, meeting and talking with the team members responsible for researching, cultivating and growing the fresh vegetables that arrive at his restaurant every week.
Mother Nature is used to doing what she wants.
So, what should we do? At The Chef’s Garden, we aren’t joking when we say we grow our vegetables “slowly and gently, in full accord with Nature.” That’s because we’d rather hold hands with Nature than wrestle with her.
Farmer Lee Jones says pairing chefs’ wishes with Nature’s whims relies on delicate choreography.
“We let Mother Nature dictate. We can’t outsmart her,” he says.
Think of it as a dance. A tango, let’s say.
Experience tells us that, if we blink, it will already be time for our Roots 2018 culinary conference, so we’re working hard at getting all the details lined up ahead of time. And, now we can take a deep sigh of relief: Doc Sconzo has agreed to be at the helm, serving as MC for our 2018 conference.