A month ago, we emailed farming celebrity Eliot Coleman and his wife Barbara Damrosh for advice about Long Lane, specifically with regards to preparing our hoophouse for its first season this fall. We asked them if they were available to skype sometime with us and share their wisdom and experience. Eliot responded promptly to our request, but instead of wanting to skype, he and Barbara graciously invited us up to their farm to visit. It was a bit difficult for us to find time to both visit Eliot together and tend the farm, but we managed to make it work.
After harvesting for Bon Appetit early Monday morning, we finally hit the road for Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. The journey took us seven hours in the car. The final stretches of Maine greeted us with breathtaking scenery of the sounds and wooded islands and winding roads of the North. I don't think I've ever seen land that can match the beauty of Maine in the last hour of our journey. We arrived later in the evening, but Eliot and Barbara welcomed us warmly to the farm. We were offered a place to cook dinner, veggies for our picking(those super-ripe, right off-the-vine grape tomatoes), and an invitation to sleep anywhere we desired.
|The man himself|
|Note his tidy, efficient, and simple planting|