I recently worked on a Seed to Plate story for Birmingham Magazine’s FOOD ISSUE and met some wonderful people along the way, not least of whom is Andrew Kesterson from Belle Meadow Farm (which he manages with his wife Laurie Beth). He handed me an ear of corn that is easily the tastiest I’ve ever had, and I ate it raw, right there in the field.
Their farm started out as 600 square foot garden plot on disused and abused farmland and now it’s nearly 10 acres of healthy soil producing loads of produce for local restaurants and farmers markets. In fact, some of that produce found its way onto the cover of the magazine (and it’s got to be one of my favorite covers I’ve contributed to, thanks in large part to the design of the creative director Nicole Gerrity). Follow along with the farm at @bellemeadowfarm.