On every Insight Farm-to-Table dining experience, you will meet with the hosts and tour their gardens or farms to see where the produce comes from before you sit down to dine. This offers a fascinating opportunity to learn firsthand about many aspects of sustainable food production, such as organic farming, biodiversity, waste reduction, and species preservation.
The area near Naples and Mount Vesuvius has long been an agricultural goldmine, its soil infusing crops with a unique volcanic and mineral-rich flavor. And on the slopes of the volcano, you will find the charming Casa Barone. Small but mighty, this family farm is renowned as one of the world’s only producers of Piennolo tomatoes. This tasty, endangered fruit only thrives in the fertile volcanic soil.
France’s magnificent Loire Valley is renowned for its spectacular castles. And the elegant Chateau de Rochecotte is certainly a memorable location for this farm-to-table dinner. Feel like royalty as you enjoy authentic and passionate seasonal cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This elegant white chalkstone chateau was built in the late 18th century and is set in 50 acres of hillside parkland overlooking the Loire. The most stunning of locations, take time for a stroll of the manicured grounds, surrounded by Bourgueil vineyards, before indulging in a divine feast.
If you love honey, then you are in for a treat at Brookfield Farm, for it will certainly be the centerpiece of your farm-to-table lunch. Owner Ailbhe Gerrard is a passionate beekeeper and is said to craft the most delicious and sustainable honey on the island. Ailbhe has a deep interest in farming as a holistic, regenerative activity and runs a wide variety of sustainability projects at Brookfield Farm. Join an Insight MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to hear her stories and honey-making secrets. The farm boasts a stunning mix of wildflower meadows, beehives, sheep, orchards, arable crops, a native broadleaf tree plantation, and a truffle orchard—a truly magnificent setting for lunch.
Located in a fascinating setting, the 18th-century mill was originally the flour mill for the nearby Port Eliot Estate. And within the restaurant are many of the original gear workings and mill stones, last used to grind corn in the 1960s. On your visit, you will learn all about the mill and John and Ann’s ethos to support local and reduce food waste. They are proud of their relationships with the local farmers to source food that would otherwise struggle to be sold, transforming it into delicious and thoughtful vegetarian fare.
Alessandra and his nonna have built this charming restaurant with a focus on sustainability, and you will feel like you are dining at the home of a friend. Everything is grown organically and harvested on site, with excess produce donated to their community. Travel with Insight and join this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, on which Alessandro will explain their sustainable agricultural practices, including methods of production and crop rotation.
There’s always something deeply satisfying about picking your own fruit and vegetables. Truly appreciating where our nourishment comes from serves to reconnect us with nature and our planet. Travel with Insight to Pamukkale, famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and chalk-white limestone terraces, and roll up your sleeves at a local organic farm. Meet the agricultural director for a walking tour of the eco-friendly lands and enjoy picking fruits and vegetables from his fields. Round off your visit with a mouth-watering farm-to-table lunch prepared with fresh produce from the farm.
Join the friendly Golsers, a fourth-generation family of farmers, for a snapshot of life on their award-winning organic farm in Salzburg. Bustling with activity, meet pigs, donkeys, cows, and other farm animals. And enjoy homemade beverages, including apple juice, elderflower, and apple cider, from their fruit garden. With 2.5 acres of apple, pear, and plum trees, they are, in fact, Salzburg’s first professional fruit farmers. Enjoy an al fresco farm-to-table dinner (weather permitting) with a range of meat and vegetarian dishes, knowing that everything on the menu is produced right here on the farm.
Insight's MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®️ Experiences teach you about the world while making it better. Whether that's through supporting local economies, preserving age-old traditions, or advancing conservation efforts for native ecosystems, find out more about how you can be a truly sustainable traveler with your Direct Travel Advisor.
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