With spring just around the corner, chef Shaun Garcia is gearing up for planting at the Soby’s Farm at Dark Hollow! The farm will eventually span 10 acres and focus on sustainable agriculture and endangered produce. Shaun is looking to the Slow Foods Ark of Taste, a catalog of over 200 foods in danger of extinction, to guide his planting efforts.
“Over 50 years ago, everything was organic,” says Shaun. “By focusing on sustainable practices and heirloom varieties of produce, we are reclaiming that Southern way of life; our heritage.”
Shaun has ordered the majority of the seeds for the upcoming planting season, and there are a few items that he particularly looks forward to growing and cooking! Carolina Black Peanuts are destined for boiling, a popular method of preparation in the South, but he’s not stopping there. The delicious legumes are destined for the Soby’s menu as hummus soon! Also making their way from seed to table are cowpeas, Stowell’s Evergreen corn and Goldman’s Italian-American tomatoes. Planting begins in less than 6 weeks!
If the Soby’s Farm at Dark Hollow has whetted your appetite for heirloom produce, you can check out some of Shaun’s seed sources on the Web: www.southernexposure.com, www.seedsavers.org and www.rareseeds.com offer thousands of options. For more information about Soby’s, visit their website at www.sobys.com and check out Shaun’s blog at http://sobyskitchen.blogspot.com/.