Posted 24 July 2002 - 09:12 PM
The garden at Blue Hill, MA, was planted by the cooks two years ago and is maintained by several people, though less by me than by others. I'd like to say our vegetables are better, but they're not, really, as there are a lot of good farmers out there and we just are not at that level. The reason for the gardening, and for the cooks involvement, goes way beyond fresh vegetables. It's about making the connection and creating an understanding of the toil that's involved. It's also fun, and relaxing.
Heirloom vegetables are open pollinated, meaning no human interference in the process of forming the seed. Bees, birds, or wind--no splicing of seeds to create super sizes. The flavor is more real, and the vegetable tends to degrade much faster.