Bees, Branzino and Barn Suppers
Not too far from our Waterbury, CT facility you can find one of the best farm-to-table experiences available. Phoebe Cole-Smith and her husband Mike Smith operate Dirt Road Farm in Weston, CT where they keep bees, make real maple syrup from the trees they tap in the early spring, raise chickens and grow seasonal produce.
You may have read about Phoebe or seen Dirt Road Farm in Martha Stewart’s blog, “Martha, Up Close & Personal,” New York Magazine, Country Gardens, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and a number of other magazines.
In addition to operating a working farm, Phoebe is also a chef trained at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute). She is the chef behind PICNIC, which hosts farm-to-table Barn Suppers at Dirt Road Farm. In a typical year, they are held from late June into early November. If you ever get the chance to attend one of her Barn Suppers, do it.
You will not be disappointed.
We love Phoebe’s commitment to local, sustainable food and developing a community of like-minded food partners who all support one-another. At Ideal Fish, we stand for many of the same principles and we love working with local chefs, farmers, and purveyors. It’s why we were thrilled to see Phoebe use our Whole Branzino in a recipe on an Instagram post.
Phoebe describes this recipe as light, clean, and delicious.