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Zionites Farm - Organic Vegetarian Food at its best

Andrew and Lucy Salm

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

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We love a road trip and that's certainly one of the many joys of a visit to Zionites Farm!

Located in the hills of St Ann, this is truly a unique and stunning spot. Definitely call for directions as the turning is easy to miss... which we did, but let's face it, that all adds to the adventure!

The owners Chris and Lisa Binns have truly created something very special, farming a fabulous selection of organic vegetables and salads, creating a farm-to-table dining experience, as well as having an amazing selection of mouth-watering seasonal preserves, sauces and vinaigrettes. They describe it as a 'Stush in the Bush' experience or 'sexy vegetarian'.

Whatever you want to call it, you know you will want to be coming back for more. A foodie adventure for sure and we are very grateful to have this dining experience in our parish.


Chris and Lisa have such a wonderfully warm energy. Not only do they open up their farm for you to sample their produce and creations, but their home, too, which is totally eco-friendly, making them enviably self-sufficient.

I know they say 'thou should not covet', but it's difficult not to. Everything is made with "love and affection", which may be clearly written on every label, but even more clearly evident when you meet the couple themselves.

Chris gives a really interesting tour of the farm, produce, farming techniques and some sampling. I loved meandering through the whistling willows that sound like the ocean which leads you to the outdoor seating area and open grill to have lunch. It's such a special place. We started with homemade breadfruit chips and a huge dish of home-made hummus. Food is served on rustic wooden carving boards and salads in homemade pottery bowls.

You really can't beat the freshness of a salad when the leaves are plucked from the ground, moments before serving. Swiss chard, baby kale, arugula, mizuna, mustard greens and those nasturtium edible flowers for a touch of colour and then lightly tossed with Lisa's home-made bottled vinaigrettes.

Personally, passion fruit is my favourite, but check out the rest of her selection. It's a salad lover's heaven, and quite frankly, for those who are afraid of 'greens' watch out as you may just get converted!

The 'Fiyah' grilled pizzas are incredible, the base can be vegan basil pesto, fresh tomato or the chimichurri sauce (which is utterly addictive). Combine that with the additional toppings of fennel, garlic, tomato, onion, kale... the list goes on. But you get the jist.

Fresh, tasty and simplicity at its best. Before I forget, as a total condiment lover you must add a little dip of Lisa's 'Blow Fyah' sauce for some heat -- it's insanely good and I find myself trying to add it to everything! Lots of the preserves are seasonal so check out what's available. The vegan chocolate cake MUST be ordered if you are going down the dessert route. As a dairy lover, it still baffles me why it tastes so outrageously good.

Tours and lunch are available at 1:00 pm and dinner at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Moonlight dinners are now quarterly, which can only be magical, and Pizza and Beer is once month. The choice is yours, but if you want adventure, beauty and vegetarianism at its best, then go to Zionites.

ZIONITES FARM

Prices are charged per person: Starting from US$55, but local discounts definitely apply.

WEBSITE:

www.stushinthebush.com

Prices are charged per person: Starting from US$55, but local discounts definitely apply.

E-MAIL: contact@stushinthebush.com

Free Hill, Bamboo, St Ann

PHONE: (876) 562-9760

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