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July 13, 2009

Farm 255 surprise visit

Via Travel + Leisure.

My dearest, loveliest, most pregnant friend Laura appeared in my lap over the weekend.

We seem to be on some sort of Conde Nast free publication list at the moment and we’re currently receiving a complimentary subscription to Travel + Leisure magazine (last year it was Mens Vogue). I usually thumb through the pages for a moment, feeling sad about all the amazing places there are to travel that I have no plans to visit, before I toss it into the recycling bin.

This month there was a nice feature on restaurants who are taking the ‘farm to table’ thing a step further by actually growing their own food. And main image was this cute photo of a totally hip, cowboy-boot-clad, knees-sock-wearing farmer girl tending to her towering okra crops.

Um, that would be my friend Laura. HELLLOOOOOOO!!!! How cool is that? I had no idea they had an article coming out and certainly would have never even seen it had Conde Nast not signed us up for our gratis subscription.

Their restaurant, Farm 255, is soooooo worth the trip if you’re in Athens, GA. Or any of the surrounding cities, actually. And you can totally visit the farm and even volunteer to help harvest, especially right now when the squash and tomatoes and okra are coming in by the ton. Which is always great fun.

Aaannd, they got a shout out in a NYtimes article last week, Young Idols with Cleavers Rule the Stage, (thanks for the tip, Nikki!). Their former chef Tamar is back in the Bay Area, but credited her butchering skillz to her days on the farm. Awwww.

It seriously made my Saturday. I’m so proud of them and all their hard work.


  1. JOY said on July 13, 2009

    i LOVE it! our own mama LU in travel and leisure! my mom's had a T&L subscription for years…which makes me very excited to know i'll have my own copy in my hands soon.

  2. Vanessa said on July 13, 2009

    my friends seriously rock. i am so proud to know you all. if only we could all look that sexy while we were farming!

  3. Simply Mel said on July 14, 2009

    I almost jumped out of my pants when I read the title – Farm 255! This is, hands-down, my favorite restaurant in the South! Whenever I visit my parents in Monroe, I insist on eating as many meals as possible there! I LOVE this place…did I mention that?!? And their cute little shirts with the piggy 'dirt'!

    What a lucky girl to have such an amazing friend who brings such goodness to the South! Please tell her thank you for me!

  4. jen said on July 14, 2009

    wow, thanks for sharing this. i was lucky enough to just visit this farm! athens is such a great town.

  5. Local Okra said on July 14, 2009

    awww! yay!

    as a resident of Athens, i can honestly say that there is absolutely nothing better than the burger at Farm. i actually had one Friday night. after being a vegetarian for 4 years, my fiance and i starting eating meat again recently, but only local, ethically raised, happy meat. we have friends who live out at Full Moon Farm and we've met and hung out with Jason several times.

    the whole philosophy of what they do there should be the model for the way all Americans eat. we support them as much as possible.

  6. Meej said on July 14, 2009

    oh man! Kristina, I read your blog all of the time, but I've never commented before. I went to college in Athens and ate at the Farm for all of my birthdays and after graduation. So many good nights spent there with mojitos and live music…. so proud!

  7. Meg said on July 14, 2009

    This is very very very cool. I can't belive you KNOW them.

  8. lovelymorning said on July 15, 2009

    I cannot believe I have readers in Athens and/or who know of and love the Farm!

    You guys are the best. I love visiting Laura and Jason in Georgia. Hopefully I'll get to make one last trip out in august before their little one is due. Which means, of course, dinner at the farm. Yum. They make the best pickles.

  9. Joanna Goddard said on July 15, 2009

    that's so exciting! they look awesome!!!

  10. diana said on December 1, 2009

    Hi guys, i have been away from home, i am so proud to know there are so many who love to be in Athens. I recently went travelling to India, Bangalore. Stayed there for a month in Hotels which were beautiful it was nice stay. I know home is home but i guess you guys should make it a point to see the beautiful place elsewhere….


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