Sourced will deliver next week on Monday August 3, then we are taking two weeks of travel for research and development. We will resume serving you with deliveries on Tuesday August 25.
I (Chef Jessica) will be visiting Italy where I’m taking courses on working with plants and touring a sustainable eco-community known as Damanhur, located in the Northern Italian alps. Below is a note from Chef Jonathan about his upcoming adventures.
Dear friends of Sourced,
I am heading east to visit some like-minded brethren in the beautiful Hudson Valley region in upstate New York. I have been commissioned to do a farm-to-table wedding at Vassar campus, my alma mater, and thought I would share some of my plans.
I will be working with local farms, and each has great tools and philosophies that will further solidify what we are striving for here at home.
Stonegate Farm is an 1850s carpenter gothic farm whose methods are sustainable and whose practices are in keeping with the model of traditional small family farms. They perpetuate the old, local model, where you know where your food came from, know it is fresh and organic, and know it was sustainably produced. They specialize in salad greens, vegetables, tree fruits and berries, honey, eggs, and organic flowers. It is a unique farm, dining and educational center celebrating community-based food production and includes the upscale Blue Hill restaurant, which brings field and pasture to the plate.
The farm at Miller’s Crossing is a fourth generation family farm intent on seeing that the fields, woods, pastures, and waterways are appropriately managed for production, recreation, and general ecosystem health, in the philosophical appeal of “right livelihood”.
Hepworth Farms is a seventh generation farm established in 1818, and a model in the ability and desire in the process of dechemicalization, transitioning from standard farming practices to a “whole systems approach”. It is a certified production land yielding more than 400 varieties of organic vegetables specializing in tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchini, cucumbers and many varieties of greens.
Hawthorne Valley Farms produces high quality, biodynamic and organic foods while providing farm-based learning experiences for children and adults. Their work revolves around cultivating relationships with the earth, surrounding communities, the landscape, and with one another. Their practice is based on sound farming principles, new economic forms and parameters, and renewed recognition of the role of agriculture and agriculturists in our culture and society.
You will be missed while I am gone. Eat, drink and live well until the next time. We are on the right track, and I appreciate you for joining us on this journey.