You know how things taste better at a restaurant? We don’t mean they taste better as a dish. We mean, the carrot in a dish smacks you in the face screaming CAAAAAARRRRROTTTTT! in a way that that bag of carrot nublets at Shop Ur Kwik or Value Detonator doesn’t. Here’s the secret: chefs buy from “farmers” who are people who grow food just for them. You can buy from many of the same farmers as these chefs if you visit farmer’s markets, but even better, you can get this stuff delivered to or near you when you sign up for a CSA for a season of produce at a fixed price. The Local Beet recently published its 2012 CSA Guide not just listing almost 90 CSAs in the area, but allowing you to search for the best one for you based on a number of useful criteria including type of produce, organic or not, etc. But don’t listen to us, check it out here.
This man is an actual chef who has cooked vegetables from some of the farmers on that list.