Gardens & Row Crops
One of the most anticipated events of the year here at Buttonwood Farm is our All Farm Dinner wherein everything on the table is grown here on the farm. Some of the most remarkable dishes are from the vegetables grown by Lupe Flores and his family. Lupe is our winery Cellarmaster, and his vegetables are supplemented by melons grown by his father-in-law, Armando Zepeda (our Vineyard Manager). The most delicious Heirloom tomatoes you've ever had, tomatillos, peppers of all kinds, onions, squash, lettuces - and surprises each year (eggplant last year!). The vegetables are also sold to and prized by many of our local chefs.
As delicious as a just-picked, ripe-off-the-vine tomato is, seasoning is important too. Abel Navarro, who also makes our tasting room gardens so naturally beautiful, and Seyburn plan and oversee the Herb Garden, which includes thyme, marjoram, cumin, sorrel, chives, sage, peppermint and spearmint, winter savory, basil, oregano, fennel, dill, tarragon, lemon grass, four different varieties of garlic and shallots and lavender. Now that is a spice cabinet! Fresh herbs are available in the growing season and many are dried and available for purchase and use throughout the year. Seyburn also makes some lovely spice blends (try the Mediterranean!), and includes these in many of her recipes.
Abel also cares for our cut-flower garden, as flowers always grace our tasting room (another Betty legacy that we love), and we are one of the only farms to be able to grow peonies here in the Valley.