Get fresh: Locavores’ ultimate New England highway trip

With open comes uninformed crops, and for foodies who wish to know where their beef and beef tomatoes were raised, it’s a good time to sup out. With a locavore transformation gaining belligerent in new years, an augmenting series of New England chefs are sourcing hyper-local — either that’s hand-selecting eggs from a plantation down a highway or flourishing uninformed veggies in their on-site garden. So locavores, it’s time to take a highway outing to ambience some of a freshest menus in New England.

At Vignola Cinque Terre in Portland, Maine, executive cook Lee Skawinksi sources a bulk of his menu from Dan and Michelle Kary’s Grand View Farm. Cultivating given a 1780s, a plantation now produces exclusively for a grill that serves brunch, lunch, and cooking with organic menus “subject to change.”


That’s pivotal when sport for a uninformed locavore grill — a menu that “changes daily” or is “subject to change” customarily means a cook is formulating from what’s uninformed and accessible that day — not what’s tangled in a freezer. Sample dishes here embody parched steep confit with cranberry, endive, and hazelnut; boiled Maine stream oysters with spinach and fennel purée; and house-smoked brisket crush with poached eggs, grilled focaccia, Italian cheese fondue, and salsa verde. 10 Dana St., Portland. 207-772-1330.

While you’re in Portland — and if we adore booze — check out Vinland, an organic farm-to-table grill braggadocio a gluten-free menu, Maine-brewed beers, and dozens of wild-fermented organically grown wines. The menu lets we know accurately where your arugula, mussels, steaks and cheeses were sourced. Sample dishes embody pig with honeyed potato, monkfish with sunchoke, and pickled blueberry semifreddo. 593 Congress St., Portland. 207-653-8617.

Sitting on a tolerable plantation in Rockland, Maine, Primo harvests a bulk of a menu only a stone’s chuck from your table. Dine outdoor or accumulate a celebration in a post-and-beam stable for a farmer’s salad with organic greens, olive oil-fried croutons, house-made bacon, and backyard poached eggs; spinach linguine with sherried chicken, pea tendrils, and reggiano; or grilled backyard chicken. Opens for a deteriorate May 5. 2 North Main St., Rockland. 207-596-0770.

The Farm House Tap Grill, a farm-to-table gastropub in Burlington, Vt., serves dozens of Vermont brews. Check a list of food sources to learn, for example, that your eggs were laid in Jericho, your salad greens picked in Burlington, and your beef lifted in Shelburne. Brunch on plantation eggs scrambled with scallions and Vermont cheddar or lunch on a free-range turkey burger with Vermont blue cheese and grilled onions. For dinner: internal fish and hand-cut chips with coleslaw. 160 Bank St., Burlington. 802-859-0888.

Twin Farms

Twin Farms’ Maine lobster, coconut, beetroot, and citrus fennel.

Set on 300 rolling acres during a feet of Vermont’s immature mountains, Twin Farms is a rustically lush five-star review with 15,000-bottle booze cellar, on-site garden — and no menus. Vermont-hearty dishes are built daily from staples of uninformed fish and locally sourced furious game, beef, cheeses, and fruits, along with veggies, berries, and spices grown on a estate’s garden and greenhouse. Chef Nathan Rich requires everybody on his culinary group to revisit a farms they source from — either it’s a uninformed fruit from Champlain Orchards, beef from Almanak Farm, or pig and rabbit from Steve Hambsch Family Farm.


Wake to farm-fresh eggs, in-house marinated bacon, and French toast with internal butter, Vermont syrup, and jam done from berries picked on a estate. Hike and cruise on cold Maine lobster, grilled quail, and heirloom tomatoes with ricotta. Dine fireside with wine, creatively done poppyseed rolls with lavender butter, smoked duck, cower eggs, candied almonds, and pretzel ice cream. Must be a guest to dine. 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, Vt. 802-234-9999.

At Hen of a Wood, representation transport includes wood-fired bread with radish butter; ham-wrapped rabbit loin with apples; hanger beef with coal-roasted onion; salt-roasted Kennebec potatoes; and smoked bluefish. The strange plcae is in Waterbury, Vt., though their Burlington plcae is larger. 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, Vt. 802-244-7300; 55 Cherry St., Burlington. 802-540-0534.

From Chatham mussels to Brewster oysters, a seafood during Ocean Terrace in Brewster is mostly bay-to-table, and a spices are grown on-site. Try a parched cod loin with lemon fingerling potatoes or fresh-caught swordfish with charred immature tomato. The grill is partial of a Ocean Edge Resort Golf Club, set on 429 acres of immature and steep unaware Cape Cod Bay. You don’t have to stay there to dine, though we competence wish to — it has an 18-hole course, tennis courts, pools, and entrance to bike trail. 2907 Main St. Brewster. 888-509-4600.

While you’re on Cape, stop by Pain D’Avignon, artisanal bakery by day, European-stye bistro by evening. Breakfast on just-baked apple turnovers, poached internal plantation eggs over parched crispy polenta cake, and house-made sausage. Dine on Cape Cod oysters, house-made pasta with internal cheese, or roasted free-range chicken. The breads, croissants, and biscotti of course, are done right there. 15 Hinckley Road, Hyannis. 508-778-8588.

Henrietta’s Table

Chocolate bread pudding from Henrietta’s Table.

Depending on where we live, Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge competence be a good finale indicate on this uninformed foodie tour. Founded in 1995, we could contend Chef Peter Davis has been portion locavore given before it was hip. Go Sunday for a all-you-can-eat smorgasboard brunch for made-to-order omelettes; farm-fresh bacon, sausage and ham; forged meats, Wellfleet Oysters, grilled veggies, internal cheeses, vegetarian pasta, bagels with house-smoked salmon, buttermilk waffles with churned butter, and Vermont maple syrup. Brunch $50 per person, noon to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended. 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-661-5005.

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