Why Homestead? During the five years I‘ve been working (although cooking is too much fun to call it work) at Homestead Farm Market making magic with fresh food in this bustling kitchen I have been able to observe the goings on of this incredible establishment. Today I want to share my insights into why this should be the ‘Go To”’ place to shop for you and your family. My first revelation was understanding the lengths the owners and staff go to in order to live up to their motto ”We’re picky about produce”. Ed, the owner, personally selects all the produce that’s sold in the market. Before anything is put out for sale it’s inspected and in some cases rinsed, trimmed, primped and arranged in the display case with much TLC. During the course of the day this attention to detail continues so that you are insured of the freshest produce around. I’ve witnessed these practices being taken to extremes when the staff hand fills pint containers plucking only the firmest, plumpest, juiciest strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes etc., from a bin insuring that you are getting the crème de la crop!
A second reason to make this one of your daily stops is that they cater to your busy, healthy lifestyle. They offer prepared foods such as salads, sides and protein options. All the meat/fish that makes its way into the deli case is prepped and cooked at the Market. Whether it’s roasted turkey, poached salmon or any meat used in the delectable sandwiches-it’s cooked fresh in the kitchen-there are no processed, high sodium sliced cold cuts! And of course the sides are made with the freshest ingredients from the produce case. Winter’s behind us –it’s time to think spring – Homestead is re-opening for its 24th season. So come say hi to Debbie, Ed, Dennis and the rest of the gang at the Market. You’ve been missed and everyone here can’t wait to see your smiling faces again. Stay tuned for future posts from the kitchen gnome including gardening tips, maximizing freshness of your herbs, and mango madness.