Charleston’s Sunday afternoon monsoon didn’t hold back these 300+ farm supporters! Ambrose Farms CSA* held a summertime BBQ highlighting the peak tomato season in the Lowcountry. When you great people gather for a family outing with live music, incredible eats and tomatoes… a little rain won’t stand in your way.
Ambrose Family Farm, located on Wadmalaw Island (just 30minutes outside of Kiawah Island) is Charleston’s famous ‘You-Pick’ farm for strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. On Sunday, July 13th Kiawah Island Golf Resort had a circle of support at the first Ambrose Farm Tomato Fight, when The Ocean Room, Jasmine Porch, Tomasso and Cherrywood BBQ all supplied the hungry tomato pheens with some delicious summer dishes (displayed in the image above).
In addition to Kiawah’s culinary team, side dishes were also supplied by Charleston Grill, Edmonds Oast, The Lot, Stars, Vincent Chiccos, EVO, Wild Olive, Husk, FIG, Butcher and Bee, Al di La, Macintosh, Indaco, Fat Hen and so many more! For those attendees not satisfied with just eating the delicious tomato offerings, this true lowcountry affair concluded with a good old fashioned tomato fight.
After the event I got a chance to speak with Cait Etherton of Ambrose Farm who coordinated the event, and this is what she shared with me! ”It was a wonderful opportunity for farm friends and family from all over town to take a break and informally enjoy one another’s company and great cooking during a time of year when most of us are working so hard we haven’t really taken a moment to just enjoy the summer. The music from Mechanical River and Punks and Snakes was excellent. The pork BBQ from Swig and Swine was a big hit. The tomato dishes from each of the twenty five restaurants who participated were creative and delicious and really showed off the flavor of the juicy tomatoes that our farm staff works so hard to plant, grow, cultivate and pick every year. And the food was bettered by the fact that the fieldhands that grew the food and the very chefs that prepared it were out of their work clothes and chef coats for once – enjoying some downtime with each other and their families.”
Kiawah Island Golf Resort is proud to buy, eat and serve locally sourced food. There is such a high demand for fresh, local food these days and we are cultivating, growing and sustaining the Lowcountry economy daily. Everybody wins when local purveyors are used—from farmer to chef to diner. The food just naturally tastes better. Farm fresh is a growing trend in fine dining, but here at the restaurants of Kiawah, it has been a standard for decades.
*CSA: Community Supported Agriculture- a partnership of mutual commitment between a local farmer and the people who consume his/her fresh produce, creating a bond between the farm and the community supporting it. Members purchase a ‘share’ of the farm’s anticipated fresh, high quality food grown the safest most organic method possible. The partnership offers the perfect win/win situation to members and their families by giving them the best quality, freshest, widest variety of sustainably grown produce and ensures the survival of the local family farm’s future by guaranteeing the farmer a fair economic return for his efforts.