Campus Cooks’ day out at the UGArden was very exciting, as we were treated to a tour by JoHannah Biang, who is in charge of the Farm and student activities. The idea was to familiarize our chefs, with what would be available to us from the farm.
Though the UGArden is not certified organic, it is run as an organic farm, growing a wide variety of greens, herbs, and vegetables. They also have a medicinal crop from which they prepare 15 different types of tea and offer a wide range of flavors from traditional black tea to green teas and more.
As the UGArden is a small scale, seasonal farm, Campus Cooks will not be “ordering” in the traditional sense. We will be working closely with the farmers and, as certain crops get close to harvest time, they notify us. Our chefs will then begin to include these items in their menus over the next few weeks. We will also be checking in a few times a week just to see what is available, and have decided that a “UGA FARM” slot in the salad bar will be used to highlight the “Fresh From the Farm” items as the chefs incorporate them into salads and other tasty creations.
All in all Campus Cooks is hoping to use this opportunity to further tie into the local community and the school. If students happen to be in the right class, they may actually be growing some of the produce that we serve in the chapters! How exciting to walk up to the salad bar at your sorority house and say, “Hey, I grew that!”.