Last Friday, Chef Julie and the Essensia team took a field trip to the local farms that provide produce and herbs to the hotel. A wonderfully educational experience for our team, visiting these farms really brings Essensia’s philosophy to life. You realize how much time, effort, and love is invested into the products served at Essensia Restaurant. Photos of the trip are posted on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/thepalmshotel
Our first stop was Teena’s Pride where the group toured the farm and sampled amazing heirloom tomatoes and produce picked fresh that day. After the tasting, owner Michael Borek took us on a tour of the entire farm. We weaved our way through their greenhouses filled with aromatic herbs; rows and rows of assorted heirloom tomatoes (the best I’ve ever tasted); and all types of beautifully colored greens including lettuces, arugula, Swiss card, and kale. Michael explained that their farm uses sustainable agriculture practices to ensure that their products are not only good for you, but also mindful of the environment in which they are cultivated. Then we made our way through the crops of celery, beets, broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, leeks, peppers, radishes, squash and sweet corn. Teena’s Pride is committed to providing chefs and restaurants, like Essensia, with the finest heirlooms, vine ripe tomatoes, salad greens and assorted herbs and vegetables.
Teena’s Pride also offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which allows them to provide their produce to individuals and families throughout the Miami area. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for families to buy locally grown vegetables and create a relationship with local farmers. This is a win-win situation that enables local farmers to stay in business by keeping money in our community. When you know your farmer, you know who grows your food and how it is grown. Furthermore, CSA’s allow families to have the opportunity to visit their local farm. Vegetables are normally harvested within a day of a family receiving them so they have more flavor, nutritional value, and last longer at home. For more information on how you can join Teena’s Pride CSA, visit www.teenaspridecsa.com or call 786.243.1714.