with Erin Chapla
(Optional 9am trip to the Holland Farmer’s Market)
Who hasn’t been seduced into buying a wagonload of beautiful produce at a farmer’s market…but what to do with it all once you get it home? Following an optional visit to the Holland Farmer’s Market, we’ll examine what we’ve gathered, discussing the attributes and creative uses of our various market finds. We’ll learn some loose recipes and how to improvise within them throughout the changing seasons, and touch on how locally grown produce points us in the direction of making healthier dietary choices for ourselves and the planet, and supports our local economies. And of course, we’ll assemble or morning’s bounty into a fresh, delicious lunch to be enjoyed overlooking the Ox-Bow lagoon.
Erin Chapla is a chef and artist, currently serving as Ox-Bow’s head chef, where she has been working for the past 13 years. Erin spent many years traveling and honed her skills cooking throughout Southeast Asia. She lives with her family on their homestead in Allegan, MI where she tends a prolific vegetable garden and cares for a multitude of chickens and a notoriously cranky rooster.