IL Giardino Organico – an Introduction

by Phillip on September 9, 2011

Il Giardino Organico at The Vineyard Farmer's MarketOne of our favorite Farm Stands at The Vineyard Farmer’s Market sits in the corner of the west end of the arbor and is called IL Giardino Organico, “Organic Garden” in Italian.  They have been at The Vineyard since 1993, when they were “the oddball” stand, the only one selling certified organic food.    They feature European specialty produce, but that’s just scratching the surface of what this interesting and exciting group of farmers is doing!

Meet Lou.  I met with him last Wednesday to talk about their farm, but when I got there, I had no idea what I was in for.  The conversation lasted more than an hour and is still now continually changing my life and the way I think about food.Lou from Il Giardino OrganicoThe Saturday before, I asked Lou if I could come by and talk to him, and he was more than willing to meet with me.  If you’ve met him, you know Lou will always make time to talk to you and impart a bit of his expertise.  But that Saturday he briefly mentioned to me that they were in the process of making their farm entirely “biodynamic,” which was something I had only heard of, and something I wanted to know more about.

Well, come Wednesday, Lou and his associate, Barry, gave me so much information about biodynamic farming that it’s going to take me days of processing and researching to digest it all!  I’m really excited to share what I’m learning, but that’s all going to have to happen another day.

For now, just know that there’s a friendly little stand with people passionate about growing the best possible food, and they’re waiting for you at The Vineyard Farmer’s Market. So stop by, talk to Lou.  Tell him I sent you. Lou talks to a customer at IL Giardino Organico

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Tari Pie September 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

I love Lou and his wife. They are always the first stand we hit when we get to the market.

Looking forward to hearing the rest of the conversation.

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Phillip September 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

Tari, it was intense! I’m going to try to get out and visit the farms so I can get my head around it a little better.

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Emily September 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Just wanted to drop a note to say that I finally got to the Vineyard market on Saturday. It was awesome! I picked up some veggies from Il Giardino Organico and a couple of other stands. Can’t wait to return!

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Phillip September 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Glad you made it! Great, isn’t it? :-)

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Bethany September 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I love that guy! He taught me how to make the yummiest swiss chard stems and their San Marzano tomatoes are so good.

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Phillip September 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Yeah, Lou is great. He’s invited me to come out and view the farm and take some pictures, so a full write-up about biodynamic farming is in the works.

Their tomatoes ARE so good! :-)

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