This center covers 145 acres, 65 of which are currently under cultivation. It has been in the community for over 70 years and is a vibrant, active place that serves the community in a wide variety of ways, from cooking classes to children's education.
I had lunch at Gertrude's, the newest restaurant on the property. This is a farm-to-table restaurant, my favorite type of place to dine, especially when I travel. Since my companion is good friends with one of the chefs we were treated very well!
Our little dessert surprise: smoked-chocolate parfait with a basil-infused milk ice-cube!
A sculptural installation at the Center was especially captivating: the work of Philip Haas depicting The Four Seasons, inspired by the work of Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who painted portraits of heads using a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Here are a few shots of the pieces in the garden.
Haas' "Winter" (in foreground)
Arcimboldo's "Winter" painting, c 1573
close-up of face
this image offers a sense of the scale of these pieces