"[When the town of Marengo, Illinois, was founded in 1835] farming, the main occupation, was performed at a disadvantage in pioneer days on account of the crude implements in use. Hoes, spades, shovels, etc., were generally such as a blacksmith — and not always a skillful one — could fashion. Plows were far inferior to the smooth cast-steel, light-running instruments of today."
Danny, one of the partners, took Chef Wil and I on a tour of the MightyVine facility, a huge glass house filled with the seductive aroma of tomatoes. Each tomato plant is grown from a specific hybridized strain, bred for the perfect attributes. They grow to be 40 feet long, bearing fruit at a regular… Continue reading On the Mighty Vine
Thanks to a large glass house (and Dutch technology) just outside Chicago, our restaurant was able to serve ripe locally grown tomatoes all winter. Chef Wil invited the managers and sous chefs to visit the facility, built and run by the company MightyVine. It must have been a tough weekend, because the only taker was… Continue reading The March of the Strandbeests