The first stage in the realization of our ultimate farming dream is starting. Despite the excessive rain, followed by the no-rain-at-all, our crops are starting to take off and hope exists that the garden will flourish this summer after all. The harvestable crops are coming in dribs and drabs and even that is enough to motivate us to share the bounty (bounty-ette?) with our Brooklyn restaurant, applewood (www.applewoodny.com).
We opened applewood in September of 2004. Inexplicably, the day we opened, three other restaurants opened in the same neighborhood. Today, only two of those four remain, and only applewood maintains its unwavering dedication to supporting local, sustainable, organic food from menu to wine list to cocktails to homemade sodas, bread, and ice cream. We have never once considered sourcing commercially-produced foods for one reason–we simply don’t believe in eating it. We won’t serve what we won’t eat and, as a result, applewood has become known as a restaurant with a conscience. There is even a small group of dedicated followers who refer to themselves as “applewoodetarians” because they’ll only eat meat or fish with us since they know they can trust our sourcing.
Taking it one step further, applewood farm closes the gap even more tightly. We are raising the crops and animals ourselves and we know, without exception, that the product we bring down to the city is organic, healthy, clean, and raised with love. It is this food that we are ready to share with our customers in the new format of a weekly applewood Farm Menu. This will be a three-course prix fixe for $30 featuring items from applewood farm at every course. Because we have such a little farm and can only produce so much, the menu will be available while product lasts. We will re-up every Tuesday, when Chef David makes the trip with all the goodies.
We are set to kick off the first farm menu in July. Look for honest-to-goodness farm-to-table items such as garlic scapes, beets, beet greens, radishes, mint, chives, cilantro, goat milk cheeses, pork, eggs, arugula, lettuces, and bok choy. A bit further down the road, we can anticipate a healthy crop of carrots, peppers, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, squash, brussels sprouts, and more!