Published DateMEREDITH — Food and flavor is the focus of much of what is happening at Moulton Farm this year.
"Since we sell the majority of what we grow at the farm stand or one of our locations around the Lakes Region, we're able to focus on varieties that provide great flavor instead of worrying about how it holds up to shipping," explains John Moulton, owner of Moulton Farm in Meredith. "We're also offering events and resources to help customers learn how to get the most from their food and really enjoy that great flavor."
The first event will be on Saturday, May 25 with the farm's first "Garden to Table" session of the season. The public is invited to drop by between noon and 2 p.m. to taste some of the items the farm's chef, Jonathan Diola, cooks using what farm is currently harvesting. "It's a great opportunity to taste food and talk with Jonathan and other members of our team about how we grow the food as well as get ideas about how to prepare it," explains Moulton. These "Garden to Table" events are free and will occur several times during the summer.
"Fish School" is a new series at the farm this year with the aim of teaching people how to prepare seafood in different ways. The first session will be on Saturday, June 22, and is a collaboration between Diola and Sal Bramante of Sal's Fresh Seafood. Bramante supplies the farm stand with fresh fish and is the fourth generation of his family to be in the seafood business. "Many people are unsure how to cook seafood or know only how to prepare one or two dishes," says Bramante. "People are not hesitant about cooking chicken or beef, but seafood can intimidate them." He hopes that the events will give people more confidence and encourage them to try cooking some new dishes. This event is free and people can drop in between noon and 2 p.m. to speak with Diola and Bramante.
In addition to events and workshops, the farm is has teamed up with Lisa Garcia, a registered dietitian who has a private practice in Laconia and Concord, to produce a series of tips on using produce sold at the farm. This information will be distributed at the farm stand and through the farm's electronic newsletter.
Food and flavor is the focus of several upcoming events at Moulton Farm in Meredith. In addition to the farm's popular "Garden to Table" series which kicks off for the season on May 25, Jonathan Diola, the farm's chef, will team up with Sal Bramante to present programs on using farm produce and seafood. The first session of "Fish School" will be on June 22. (Courtesy photo)