Future Food Farms’ scrumptious, pop-up multi-course dinner amid rows of basil, red Russian kale and amaranth. Microgreens, edible flowers and lettuces – vibrant and hardy. The combined scent of green growth and luscious food. It’s the work of Adam Navidi – chef, farmer, aquaponic pioneer.
Farm is located on over 25 acres in Brea. All organically grown in his 2,000-4,000 square-foot greenhouses. It’s one of the largest aquaponic farms in the state.
Chef Adam Navidi shows off a head of his beautiful lettuce. He sells his produce at several farmers markets in OC, including Brea on Tuesdays, Orange Circle on Saturdays and often The Great Park on Sundays. He sells to ten restaurants and one produce distributor.
Here’s the menu from the pop-up farm dinner that I attended. Well, the photo shows the above the fold portion of the menu. There were three more dishes! To read more about the dinners or to sign up, go to www.futurefoodsfarms.com.
Here’s a sample:
Raw Carlsbad Oysters with Vanilla-Citrus Cocktail Sauce and Spicy Red Mustard Sprouts
“Garden Pots” with cute little stubby yellow carrots and chive flowers stuck in “soil” made of tapenade topped hummus.
FFF Farmhouse Salad showcases oh-so-tender baby aquaponic lettuces and greens. Also heirloom tomatoes, pine nuts and feta.
Steamed FFF tilapia is wrapped in water lettuce with wild dill and greenhouse-dried tomatoes.
New Frontier Chicken Piccata showcases backyard lemons, nasturtiums, capers and micro arugula.
Roasted Peach-Blueberry Cobbler with Farmstead Honey-Cinnamon Ice Cream.
Navidi says that his produce is grown without harmful chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic nutrients; he uses considerably less water and power than hydroponic and conventional farming.
For a pop-up feast, feel free to bring your favorite bottle(s) of wine or beer (no corkage fee) to pair with your tasting (non-alcoholic beverages will be provided).
Comfortable, low shoes are suggested for the farm tour before dinner. Come hungry, ee-eye-ee-eye-oh.