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Living the Dream, Even if Just for a Few Days Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Shepphird   

North Country Farms KauaiEver wonder what it would be like to chuck it all and move to an organic farm on Kauai? Well, Lee Roversi did just that and, because she did, you can try it out yourself by staying in one of the two bed-and-breakfast cottages at her North Country Farms on the north shore of Kauai. This is not your traditional bed-and-breakfast. Personally, when I hear bed-and-breakfast, I think of an over-designed Victorian where it feels like you've moved in with the in-laws. I know this isn't fair as I've visited any number of really cool and different bed-and-breakfasts but, let's face it, that's the usual rep. At North Country Farms, you instead stay in two wooden guest houses that are completely self-contained and include a welcome basket filled with goodies to enjoy at your leisure instead of a formal breakfast where you’re expected to make chit chat with strangers. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that if you’re into it. Really.)

The four-acre farm provides a variety of produce year-round (including a market garden of mixed vegetables, orchard trees, pineapple field and banana groves) that’s sold directly to 50-60 families. From the wooden porches on the cottages, you can look directly out on the lettuce, arugula, kale, swiss chard, beets, radishes, basil, peppers and other vegetables happily growing in rows. And you're even encouraged to pluck fruit directly from the tree while a guest there.
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See it, Taste it: Chef's Garden at Barona Valley Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Costa   

Chef de Cuisine Duncan FirthMany of the menus at Barona Resort & Casino start from the ground up —- literally. The resort, located in the East San Diego County city of Lakeside, relies on its on-site Chef’s Garden to supply produce to several of its restaurants. The garden also serves as the hub of Chef de Cuisine Duncan Firth’s (pictured left) environmentally layered approach to managing his kitchens. Firth says his entire staff takes pride in using what they grow on Barona’s menus, translating seasonality directly to the customers’ plates each day.

The Chef’s Garden at Barona grows more than 20 varieties of vegetables and herbs, and also doubles as a guest attraction, with tours and tips for aspiring gardeners staying at the resort.

 
Dinner Down on the Farm Print E-mail
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Rain Lily FarmLooking to take Slow Food to the next level? Then by all means, try a farm dinner.

Served family-style and just this side of the lettuce patch, farm dinners across America are bringing people as close as possible to the sources of their meal.   

Just last weekend, we indulged in eleven gorgeous courses with the Dai Due Supper Club at Rain Lily Farm in Austin, Texas. Fava beans, artichokes, green garlic, beets, mint and more...never had it so good.

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A New Hotel with Gardeners in Mind Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Shepphird   

The Oregon Garden Resort has opened 45 minutes southeast of Portland in Silverton, Oregon.

The new 103-room Craftsman-style hotel is located adjacent to the Oregon Garden and guests of the resort enjoy complimentary access to its 80 acres, with its 20 themed gardens, including a Children’s Garden, Pet-Friendly Garden, Rediscovery Forest, Recycled Water Wetlands and more. The Silverton Market Garden is also one of the gardens and, each August, September and October donates its produce to the Silverton Area Community Aid Food Bank. 

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