Food Week: Fig & Fauna

28 Jun

A little-known fact for you…

My very first career ambition was to be a farmer’s wife.

My four year old self based this decision on one thing and one thing only: that this would give me the chance to hand-milk a cow. At 28, I’ve still never had the chance to milk a cow but I still quite fancy it, provided that marrying a farmer doesn’t have to be part of the package.

I suspect this slightly odd part of my history explains why I love Fig & Fauna so much.

In 2011 Megan and Michael Martin sold their home in the suburbs and bought a 3.5 acre smallholding in South Florida where they could pursue their dream of growing, cooking and selling natural produce. On new year’s day 2012 they started Fig & Fauna to record everyday life on the farm and share their favourite recipes.

The magic of Fig & Fauna is that it’s as much about the growing, harvesting and gathering of the ingredients as what’s done with them. We always had chickens, ducks and sometimes geese when I was growing up and I don’t think you ever get over the little flutter of excitement you get when opening the nesting boxes and finding a still warm egg inside.

As you’d expect, all of the recipes you’ll find here are seasonal, wholesome and sound absolutely delicious. I’d love to try this carrot marmalade and this strawberry and honey galette looks to die for. I’m also still stockpiling polenta recipes (I hosted a The Help themed book group recently and have lots leftover from baking cornbread muffins) so tomato and polenta pie could be on the cards too, although bought tomatoes are never a patch on homegrown.

{all Fig & Fauna / Rose Estelle Martin}

I strongly suggest you pull on your wellies, grab a basket and go and explore Fig & Fauna here… there are also some lovely photos Aran from Cannelle et Vanille took when she visited here!

3 Responses to “Food Week: Fig & Fauna”

  1. Nancy Kate June 29, 2012 at 07:01 #

    Love the photos, may I ask about your camera equipment I am soon on a long Santa Fe road trip and need an upgrade of camera. Thank you.

    This pig reminds me of my many summers on a MN farm, at 5 I was not a crazy about egg chores, yet loved the farmhouse life. Chick delivery day was a highlight, in a moment I can hear and feel the excitement of scores baby chicks.

    • Decorator's Notebook July 2, 2012 at 22:57 #

      These photos are from Fig and Fauna itself not by me. Pop over to their blog and the answer may be there. Even if not it won’t be a wasted visit as their blog is wonderful!

  2. Melissa June 28, 2012 at 15:43 #

    I am in love with that farm and family. Everytime I read a new post it makes me want to be them! Lovely photos, lovely recipes, amazing blog

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