We met up with Bob Cannard who runs the farms for Cline Cellars and Green String Institute. Bob is a character. The only way to describe him is as if Indiana Jones gave up archeology to become a farmer. Bob is full of life and incredibly passionate about what he does. The steps we take to create organic farming are things he has always done and believed in. "Organic" is much more than just a saying here, it's a complete way of life. They truly believe in growing in harmony with the land around them. Bob says he is in the "business of growing complete food" and that he grows "happy complete plants with energetic flavor". For him, it's about a true balance of life. And what a difference it makes…his produce is some of the best I've ever tasted! Apparently I'm not the only one, Green String Farm supplies Alice Waters' Chez Panisse with their vegetables. And if it's good enough for Alice…
Here's Bob in the farm shop with some beautiful chard:
The shop doesn't just sell produce, it also sells house-made olive oil, vinegar, cheese, nuts, and jarred items.
In addition to being a farm, Green String is also a school. Click here to find out more about the Green String Institute.
So after my incredibly educational experience, I couldn't wait to get my ingredients home to make something fabulous! When we were at the shop, I had to get these golden roma tomatoes:
Gorgeous right?! I decided I would make a golden tomato sauce and serve it over some fresh spinach pasta. I humbly say this is the best sauce I've ever made…these tomatoes were the tastiest things I've ever eaten. Just proves how much fresh ingredients can be. Check back in tomorrow for the recipe