There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of growing your own produce. From seeing your veggies unfurl their first leaves right through to sampling the fruits of your labours, there’s something truly magical about the process. How do you take the same farm-to-table philosophy you tasted so deliciously here at Saragossa Game Reserve into your own kitchen, however? We have all the tips you need.
1. Quality of ingredients count
Even if you’re not in a position to throw down a wodge of cash on creating your own greenhouse, you can still embrace the same principals in your own kitchen. Farm-to-table is all about high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients that deliver a tasty punch. Start applying the same eagle eye to the fruit, dairy, veggies and meat you use at home, too. Perhaps there’s a great local farm butchery just down the road from you. Explore the wonders of your local spice or farmers market. Don’t settle for cold-chain stifled, barely-ripe fruits and veggies, but look for a source that takes care and pride in providing you with the very best quality produce possible. Your stomach will thank you for it!
2. The little details count, too
When it comes to cuisine, we’re all guilty of focusing on the ‘big ticket’ ingredients. Even the best farm-raised meat or organic veggies, however, aren’t enough to build a dish on its own. Make sure you apply the same care and attention to selecting your fresh and dried herbs, spices, butter, oil and smaller ingredients.
3. Keep it seasonal and local
At the core of the farm-to-table principal is an emphasis on locally-grown, seasonal fresh produce. Keep those 2 ideas- seasonal and local- at the forefront of your kitchen purchases, and you’re well on the way to a farm-to-table experience of your own.
4. Start small
The farm-to-table concept isn’t all-or-nothing. You don’t have to turn your entire garden into a greenhouse to enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own produce! Herbs can easily be grown on a sunny windowsill, and impart a delicious fragrance to any meal. Many veggies (such as tomatoes) can be grown small-scale and very easily in even a townhouse garden, or a few pots. Even some fruit trees will grow happily on a porch. Get creative and discover your green thumbs for yourself.
Farm-to-table is about exploring the wonders of your local food sources, and demanding fresh, tasty local produce that’s grown with care and attention. Even if you’re not in a position to grow-your-own, you can easily apply these same principals to ensuring your produce supports local agricultural endeavors and delivers you a flavoursome, enjoyable taste experience too! The Saragossa Game Reserve team love to hear from fellow foodies, so feel free to get in touch if there’s anything you’d like to explore further about the farm-to-table concept.