A new farm stand at the Waterfront in Homestead has an interesting twist: The restaurant that hosts it each Sunday is using its produce to create a special dish to serve that day.
Starting in July, Harvest Valley Farms has been sending a truck down from Butler County to set up, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, in the parking lot of P.F. Chang’s.
The restaurant picks something in season and turns it into a lunch special that day.
Operating partner Shawn Gregory, who is friends with the King family that runs the farm, says that they cooked up this way to benefit each other. His chefs get to try something fresh and new, and so do diners.
So far the chefs cooked with local pattypan squash (for a side dish), nectarines (for a fruit salad) and wax beans (for a chicken entree served with white or brown rice).
Servers get to taste the specials and tell diners what ingredient comes from the farm stand, and co-owner Larry King, who runs the stand, can tell shoppers that if they want to taste a certain item, they can try it as prepared in the restaurant. “So we’re working both ways,” Mr. Gregory said.
“It’s been going real good,” said Harvest Valley co-owner Dave King, noting that while his farm is the only vendor now, more vendors could be added to grow it into a farmers market. “I think it has great potential.”
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