Taking farm-to-table to new heights

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Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

As the farm-to-table trend of using locally sourced foods grows, so do initiatives at luxury hotels and resorts that embrace the use of homegrown and sustainable foods.

Several Fairmont Hotels & Resorts properties in cities like Seattle, Toronto and Fairmont have rooftop bee farms that aim to increase the declining bee population while enabling the hotels to produce their own honey.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts this month rolled out the initiative Rooted in Nature, which will promote its properties’ use of sustainable sources of produce, fish, and meat.

And it’s almost of unheard of not to at least have an herb garden at any hotel or resort with any kind of outdoor space.

Still, others are taking this trend to a whole new level.

As Caribbean Editor Gay Nagle Meyers recently reported, Belle Monte Farm in Kittitian Hill, a community in the foothills of Mount Liamuiga on the northern tip of St. Kitts that specializes in organic, farm-to-table food and sustainable practices across the development.

During her trip, she foraged the gardens with a Rastafarian farmer as he picked the salad greens she had for lunch.

In the States, a farm resort has opened in Connecticut that offers, organic, non-GMO cuisine.

Winvian Farm, whose roots date to the 1700s, has been relaunched as a working farm by Executive Chef Chris Eddy and proprietor Margaret Smith, whose passion for healthy eating and earth-to-table menus inspired the re-creation of the farm. Eddy describes his culinary style as “food with a conscience.”

The farm promotes itself as offering “agriturismo,” the Italian term for agricultural tourism, where one can not only stay and eat on the farm, but help work it as well – or at least do like Myers did and help pick the crops for the next meal.

Winvian Farm houses three acres of vegetable and fruit gardens, four greenhouses, an apiary, and livestock, including sheep, pigs and chickens. Seven months of the year, 70% of the produce served in the restaurant comes directly from the farm.

The property features 18 cottages and the one-bedroom Hadley Suite in the property’s 1700s farmhouse. Amenities include a 5,000 square foot spa, an events barn, a professional kitchen for private cooking classes and a new luxe swimming pool overlooking the gardens and farm. Nightly rates range from $459 to $1,375.

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