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Monday, May 14, 2012
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
I just wanted to write a short blurb about how fantastic our most recent Brunch In Paradise was. The weather was perfect and it had that Sunday morning nostalgic essence where time slows down and you want the day to last forever.
An amazing group totaling about 75 guests came out. We even had a group of guests called 'The Villagers', who are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic sites in Miami. The farm was in full bloom and there were many flowers to taste and smell. Our crops were lush and burgeoning with life's energy. The warmth of the sun was like a gentle hug and the food, as always, was farm fresh and delicious! We wanted the food to last forever, too!
We eagerly await the next Brunch in Paradise! The pictures below are the from the Brunch.
Monday, February 27, 2012
The pictures are from a farm tour where we hosted groups from Florida International University College of Medicine Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP and from the Celebrity Kids Club & Childcare Center. These groups provide nutrition education sessions, cooking demonstrations, and other activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle from a young age.
One of the chaperones in charge stated, "one of the experiences we want to bring to the kids is seeing the process of their fruits and vegetables from seeds to their plate. We want to do this by bringing the children, ranging in ages from 3-5 years, to your farm to give them some education on the different fruits and vegetables."
We are so happy that we can steward such positive, healthy influences upon younger children! Great tour, great day, (great local lunch!), and the kids loved it!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Below is a picture of our cherry tomato harvest. It’s January and we are eating fresh ripe tomatoes. Isn’t Florida great? These little cherry tomatoes are quite robust –during the long, hot, and wet August months, we still found these tomatoes all over the farm. Between the heat and the heavy drenching rains, August is quite a straining month for plants, a feat daring for even warm weather loving tomatoes. But yet there we were, tomatoes in hand and in belly. These guys were able to hold up to August and we are excited to have them now with growing conditions in their favor!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
We recently celebrated many firsts of the season! We celebrated our first Dinner in Paradise on December 11th, sharing the evening with about 50 guests. The evening was wonderful and exuded positive energy all around. Yet again, we could not find a better word to describe a Dinner in Paradise as anything but whimsical. Here’s why:
Many of our guests arrive fresh from Miami, where the stop and go of traffic is the everyday lull. As our guests arrive at the farm and the roar of their car engines fade out, it seems like absolute silence to many. But as they enter the farm, they are swept into the pace of Mother Nature. One becomes aware of the alluring scent of flowers, and perhaps one notices just how blue the sky looks today.
We always start with a tour of the farm so that guests can see, smell, and feel where much of the food they are about to eat is coming from. After smelling and tasting this and that, our guests’ senses are piqued and they are ready to experience the delicious meal awaiting just ahead: Miami’s most talented chefs have lent their culinary ingenuity and artistry to prepare an outstanding meal at our little paradise. Once the meal is over, guests head to their cars. And somewhere between leaving the farm and the ride home to the city, one feels as if they have just stumbled across a dream.
The Miami New Times wrote up a short story about their experience at our December 11th Dinner in Paradise. Here is the link: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2011/12/dinner_in_paradise_a_photo_rec.php. The dishes were excellent and the chefs really wowed everyone with their creativity. One of our favorites was risotto in a bowl, garnished with an herb, moss, and hot rocks wreath (pictured below).
We would like to thank our wonderful guests, the stellar chef lineup, and the gracious assistance of Johnson & Wales students for making the dinner such a fun and unique experience! The next dinner is January 8th and tickets are selling fast! We hope to share our farm with you and see you in the near future!