While visiting with my brother in law and fellow farmer, Oren Molovinsky, at his restaurant, Mala Tang, the other day I was reminded of how much I am inspired by him. From the creativity of his vision to the generosity of his ideas, Oren has pioneered new systems to advance the relationship between restaurants and farms for as long as I’ve known him. Over lunch we discussed the opening of his new venture FarmBoy Sandwiches, Markets, & Meats near his home and farm in Chandler, Arizona. I am in awe of his approach, the thoughtfulness and attention to detail while considering nearly every aspect of the menu. I wish him luck and can’t wait to visit.
As we caught up on family and compared farm notes we also discussed the ideas, attitudes, and influence of leaders in the farm to fork movement. How the voices of such food philosophers as Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Eliot Coleman and Dan Barber continue to inspire young a new generation of farmers including ourselves. When we parted ways I thought how not only was my belly full, but so was my head with new ideas. My meetings with Oren never fail to open new doors and broaden the horizons of my own farm. Have a great week everyone.