Embracing Autumn’s Arrival

"The season for enjoying the fullness of life ― partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth." ― Denis Waitley   Our farm may still be awash in green, but today is the first official day of Fall and we [...]

2018-03-07T09:40:59-05:00September 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Embracing Autumn’s Arrival

Too Pretty Not to Eat…Edible Flowers for Your Garden & Plate

We have been receiving lots of interest from folks like you about the edible flowers that we grow and have been using in our restaurant. So we tapped into the experience and talent of our gardener Darin and our executive chef Brandon Canfield to offer you a little primer on growing and using edible flowers at [...]

2018-03-07T09:41:00-05:00July 13th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Too Pretty Not to Eat…Edible Flowers for Your Garden & Plate

Elderflowers: Foraged & Featured at The Loft

One of the best and most rewarding parts of creating food in harmony with seasonal rhythms is anticipating the peak moments of particular seasonal foods. For some foods, like summer squash and tomatoes, their season can be delightfully long. For others, like morels or ramps, the moment is glorious but brief. However long the farm, [...]

2018-03-07T09:41:00-05:00June 18th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Elderflowers: Foraged & Featured at The Loft

Celebrating Strawberry Season!

Chief amongst the reasons to love early summer is the arrival of strawberry season. Is there anything better than the vibrant ruby red and melt-in-your-mouth flavor of a freshly-picked strawberry? We're talking about strawberries like your grandmother knew them - scarlet, tender, on the small side (compared to the average grocery store variety) but mighty [...]

2018-03-07T09:41:01-05:00June 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Celebrating Strawberry Season!

“Fascinated by the workings of the natural world”: An Interview with our Gardener

If you ever visit us and happen to pass by our organic garden at the front of our property, you won't be able to hover around the fringes for long. A friendly wave and a hearty welcome from our gardener Darin will invite you into the space to wander among the rows and experience the [...]

2018-03-07T09:41:01-05:00April 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Spring Has Sprung at The Loft!

The sea of green that transforms our landscape and our table heralds the coming of Spring in the Midwest. After winter months spent drawing on the stores of the larder, spring allows us to throw open our kitchen doors and welcome once again fresh food straight from the land. As the new plants in our [...]

2018-03-07T09:41:01-05:00April 14th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Spring Has Sprung at The Loft!

Celebrating Easter with Old Traditions & New Signs of Life

It is no coincidence that Easter, probably more than any other widely celebrated holiday, brings the farmyard and the natural world to the forefront of our celebrations. In most places that experience four seasons, the timing of Easter coincides with the flourishing of renewed fertility in the land and its inhabitants - warmer temperatures, greening [...]

2018-03-07T09:41:02-05:00April 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Celebrating Easter with Old Traditions & New Signs of Life

Our Pickling, Preserving & the Pilgrim Tradition (+ a recipe!)

On a shelf in our kitchen, a row of containers quietly pass the days, unassumingly keeping company with serving dishes and wooden cutting boards. Inside these containers resides a host of vegetables from our garden, displaying a rainbow of colors floating in a saltwater or vinegar brine. The art of fermentation is transforming them into [...]

2018-03-07T09:41:04-05:00November 26th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Our Pickling, Preserving & the Pilgrim Tradition (+ a recipe!)