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Sourcing research: fresh baby veggies

In the first of what will be a series on Chef Steve’s sourcing research for Indigenous, we’re bringing you some information about Babé Farms, one of our produce providers.

If you live and cook in Florida, you know it’s tough to find good fresh veggies once it starts getting hot, so it’s important to source great ingredients from other areas. Babé Farms is located in Santa Maria, Calif., and was founded in 1986 by William Souza, a third generation conventional farmer who was inspired by traveling Europe and discovering the popularity of baby-sized fresh produce — hence “Babé Farms.”

They remain a family-style farming business and were named Santa Barbara County’s 2010 “Farmer of the Year.” According to their mission, Babé Farms maintains superior quality, innovation and genuine customer relationships, and that’s why we are looking to them during the rough summer season when we have hardly any availability locally.

Babé Farms will supply Indigenous with fresh bok choy from which Chef Steve will make kimchi to accompany his famous braised short ribs. He’ll also order parsley root to use as a puree with arctic char and will certainly always have something from their amazing assortment of baby lettuces for salads.

Come on in when we open this summer to try all of these dishes and more! Stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for as they happen updates.