The Field Kitchen Restaurant, Cooking Classes, Summer Camp and Culinary Cottages at Flora Farms
The 10-acre organic Flora Farms is located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, and is something of a world unto itself. Set against a gorgeous backdrop of sun, sky, palm trees, and rolling hills, the micro-community features numerous businesses, including a farm, the popular Field Kitchen restaurant, bar and grocery, several shops, and the newly constructed Culinary Cottages. Although not far from San Jose del Cabo, Flora Farms somehow feels very far from the sounds of city streets, from strident car horns and bustling marketplaces. It’s the sort of place where time seems to stand still, and the cares and worries of modern life fade and fall away.
All the produce found at the restaurant and grocery comes from the adjoining fields, and the meats are raised from Flora’s nearby 150-acre ranch, where chicken and pigs are raised humanely without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Every morning at first light, the parade begins, as chefs, bakers, butchers, and farmhands begin the day’s duties. Despite its artsy, boutique charm, this is a working farm, and has been for over a decade.
Although best known as one of San Jose del Cabo‘s most popular dinner stops, the Field Kitchen restaurant at Flora Farms is also open for breakfast and lunch, as is the onsite Flora Farms Grocery, filled with all of their freshly hand-picked organic produce, and Flora-raised poultry and pork. The breakfast menu varies from day to day – the kitchen uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients available from the adjoining 10-acre organic field, after all – but always includes freshly baked, impossibly aromatic breads from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, cured meats and eggs from the nearby ranch, as well as freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. Breakfast bar items include freshly made frittatas, Scottish eggs, Flora-Farm-made granola, juice to order, vegetable juices (with names like Green Acres, Sunrise and Garden Farmer), fresh yogurt, breakfast salad, pastries and freshly baked cinnamon rolls, fresh tomato salad, tea, coffee, cucumber water and amazing breakfast cocktails (such as the “Hair of the Dog, which is the Field Kitchen’s version of a bloody mary). The Farm Bar features liquid treasures ranging from fruit and vegetable-based juices and specialty cocktails to beer, wine, and farm-fresh twists on traditional favorites.
Cooking classes are offered Tuesday and Friday every week from 11am to 2pm. Class participants join the instructor in Flora’s fields, where they pick their ingredients fresh, then enjoy a cooking class with those ingredients at Flora’s private kitchen. Margaritas and lunch is included. The cost is $50 per person.
When school’s out summer camp is in! Lucky locals and visitors alike are welcome at Flora Farms Summer Camp which will be held in four sessions from July 2 through August 10, 2013. Each five day bi-lingual summer camp session includes cooking, gardening, animal feeding, water play, arts & crafts, yoga, nature walks and an overnight stay. For ages 6 – 12.Tuition is just 3500 pesos plus 500 pesos for materials.
Near the kitchen is the Flora Farms Grocery stocked with Flora Farm raised, butchered and cured meats, eggs, breads, sweets, pickled goods, sauces, dressings, and preserves as well as organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers which are picked daily. Pick up a baguette or other wood-fired-baked bread, fresh baked each morning in the wood-burning oven.
Flora Farms is also home to the private owners-only community of the Culinary Cottages, which encompass 2/3 of Flora Farms. The Culinary Cottages are an offering of just 10 rustic farmhouse-style homes with high ceilings and mullioned windows. Calling the 2,000 sq. ft. homes “cottages” is an unpretentious understatement. The Culinary Cottages are shabby chic, yet opulent residences, where its owners, full and fractional alike, roam the fields at their leisure, freely harvesting from over 80 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs. The sunset views of the surrounding Sierra de la Laguna mountain range are gorgeous, and owners have exclusive access to the Culinary Cottages’ spa, with its own swimming pool, jacuzzi, yoga and Pilates studio and private juice bar, plus additional access to Flora Farms’ future private Beach Club and Bunkhouses.
Flora Farms and the Flora Farms Field Kitchen and Grocery are open for breakfast, lunch, and shopping Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and for brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3p.m. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant and grocery are closed on Mondays. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about cooking classes, contact Marty Haigney at email@example.com. For summer camp information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (624) 132-4135. Tours of the culinary cottages are by appointment only. For more information, contact Derrick Grahn at email@example.com.