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Eating Local at The Farm on Adderley

My mom came to visit this weekend, which called for decadent eating. Sunday morning was beautiful, so we decided to head out to Brooklyn for brunch and a walk through Prospect Park to enjoy the foliage. Erik and I had been to The Farm on Adderley for brunch once last summer and it was calling.

Eating locally isn’t just about what you cook in your own home. It’s also important to support restaurants that make an effort to purchase locally produced products. According to The Farm’s website:

The Farm on Adderley tries to speak to the way we want to cook and feed ourselves and our neighbors. The restaurant aims to bring thoughtfully produced food and ingredients to our community in a totally accessible way. Much of the way The Farm has evolved has been to pursue the principles of supporting local farmers, artisans, entrepreneurs as much as possible, making delicious food from that, and serving it in a completely honest way.

As further proof of their local cred, Slow Food NYC awarded them the Snail of Approval, which is given to organizations that contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of NYC’s food supply. I use the Snail of Approval as my personal Zagats. The Farm’s website also includes a list of sources, so you can check up on them for yourself.

Snail of Approval or not, I wouldn’t send you to Ditmas Park if it wasn’t worth the ride on the Q. This place is so scrumptious that the trip out there is a minor sacrifice. The Farm’s brunch menu has some traditional dishes alongside some really creative ones and does them all well.

My mom and I both had Bloody Marys and a salad of smoked trout and poached eggs. Can you tell we’re related? The Bloody Mary had a good kick and wasn’t too alcoholic (important when you’re drinking with your mom at 11 am). I like a little more herb-age in mine, but not a real complaint. The salad was absolute heaven – a little smoky, deliciously creamy, with a nice crispness from the greens. Erik had half my Bloody Mary (get your own next time!) and toast with scrambled eggs over Swiss chard home fries. He says that even the toast was spectacular. Erik and I also split the cheddar grits (for research purposes, of course), which were flavorful without being overly rich. Then, since my mom’s visit made it a special occasion, we split the chocolate mousse with salted cream. Light and rich at the same time. I’m drooling now.

Sorry not to have any photos! We were sitting at a dark table and didn’t want to be annoying with the flash.

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