By Cathy Buchanan
Are you a fan of organic foods? If so, a visit to Flora Farm and Field Kitchen Restaurant is a must if you’re in Los Cabos. A 10-acre valley farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, Flora Farm is a working organic farm with The Field Kitchen Restaurant, Farm Bar, Grocery, Cooking school, Art Gallery, Microbrewery and Culinary Cottages on-site.
Since 1996, owner/operators Patrick and Gloria Greene have dedicated their efforts to cultivating the fields of Flora Farm and building a community around the abundant crops. Farming here is done the old-fashioned way with farmers in the fields tending crops from sunup to sundown every day except Sunday.
The growing beds are worked with compost and mulch, seeds are planted, seedlings are tended, beds are weeded and harvesting is done by hand. In a land where water is a precious commodity, at Flora Farm, water is efficiently delivered to the fields through drip-system watering tape. On the farm, close attention is paid to improving the quality of the soil, minimizing impact on the surrounding environment, and keeping produce close to home. All of Flora Farm’s production is dedicated to local markets; these days, mostly to Flora’s Field Kitchen, the onsite restaurant set in the midst of the fields with over 80 different fruits, herbs and vegetables.
In the Field Kitchen comfortable classics and innovative farm cuisine are prepared daily for family-style and a la carte dining. Artisan breads are wood-fired every morning and served with meals or for sale in the Grocery. In the evening the wood-burning oven becomes Mama’s pizzeria turning out Neapolitan style pizza with dough that is handled lightly and built over days to draw sugars out of the complex carbohydrates to produce a sweet, nutty flavor that caramelizes into a golden brown crust.
All meats served at Flora’s Field Kitchen come from Flora’s nearby 150-acre ranch where animals are humanely raised free range on diets that do not include hormones or antibiotics. Along with traditional cocktails, beer and wine, the Farm Bar serves up a full-range of fruit and vegetable-infused specialty cocktails such as the heirloom carrot “Farmarita”, Flora Farm’s spin on the traditional Margarita, and the “Farm Julep” with fresh watermelon juice.
On Flora Farm, fruits and vegetables are grown the old-fashioned way- with time, seasonal awareness and proper tending. The produce is harvested at the peak of its ripeness and the food on your plate will awaken your palette and reconnect you with nature.
For those who would like to know more about the history and day-to-day operations of Flora Farm, tours are offered daily. Guests meet in the Farm Bar, order up a beverage of choice and take a leisurely stroll through the fields either before or after their Field Kitchen dining experience.
On a very limited basis, Flora Farm is available for private gatherings to celebrate life’s milestones and special occasions. Event menus, which vary with the crops in production and according to personal preferences, are always tailor-made to highlight the freshest farm grown ingredients. Committed to supporting the community of Los Cabos, the Greene family utilizes Flora Farm as an event facility for local charitable organizations numerous times each year.
At Flora Farm’s cooking school, participants walk the fields, harvest ingredients, apron-up, prep, cook and indulge. Flora Farms cooking classes teach preparation of traditional regional fare including salsas, slaws, homemade tortillas and tacos, or in seasonal classes, offered by Field Kitchen Chef Lisa Hall, participants learn techniques for preparing handmade pastas, artisanal breads, meat curing and seasonal holiday specialties.
This year Flora Farm has built the first Culinary Cottages- handcrafted straw bales homes set at the field’s edge. The Culinary Cottages are built as farm outbuildings that have evolved over time- a hay barn that became the perfect field side home by adding a shed kitchen and bedrooms. Here, life is lived close to the source of food that nourishes and seasons guide what you grow and eat. In these simple homes with mullioned windows framing views of fields, mountains and sky, the preparation and sharing of food is a central theme for bringing families together and creating traditions to pass down through the generations.
Flora’s Field Kitchen is open from 5 pm to 9:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday for Brunch. The Flora Farm Grocery is open for breakfast, lunch and shopping from 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Saturday.
The Field Kitchen and Grocery are closed on Monday.
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