Esoterra Culinary Garden
When the 2018 intern group met Mark DeRespinis for the first time, they were entranced. At the time, Mark had just begun farming a parcel out at McCauley Family Farm (although he certainly was not new to farming). Mark's energy was, and is, contagious. As he danced through the rows, he plucked little bits of flora and held it out for the interns to try, with every bite, the interns, with eyes wide, grew more fascinated, and dare I say, in love, with Mark and his garden. Planning a menu around Mark's garden is a lesson in vegetal vocabulary. We are sure to be introduced to some new variety of sorrel, or radicchio, or flower. Mark's passion for introducing people to plants they've never heard of has taken Boulder by storm. You can find his meritorious produce and garnishes on the menus of some of the best restaurants in Boulder and Denver.
In addition to cultivating his parcel on McCauley Family Farm, Mark is now tending a larger property on 95th and Valmont. We are so thrilled to host the first Meadow Lark Farm Dinner on this property this summer. It's sure to be a beautiful one.
Our 2022 Farm Dinners with Esoterra Culinary Garden will take place on July 23rd at McCauley Family Farm and September 3rd on his new 95th and Valmont location.
Photographs by Jane Cavagnero