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Off the Beaten Path Locale: #4

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Our friends at The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel have come up with this “two-fer” suggestion for unique Farm to Table Touring:

Stop one: Echo Global Farm, whose mission is to reduce hunger and help small-scale farmers worldwide. On the guided walking tour, you’ll see models of efficient farming methods that (among other things) will likely leave you hungry.

Enter stop two: Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm, a North Fort Myers farm-to-table restaurant owned by the husband-and-wife team of Gary and Rose O’Dell King. Their back-to-the-land inspiration stems in part from their stint living on a sheep farm in England, where they learned about hormone-, steroid- and antibiotic-free agriculture.

The result? Another farm you’ll definitely want to see: It’s home to most of the ingredients in every dish you’ll try. (A short list includes papayas, plantains, nasturtiums, honey and artisanal garlic.) There are also 100-plus free-range, heritage-breed chickens, a couple dozen turkeys, 100-percent grass-fed Longhorn cows, pastured Red Wattle and guinea hogs.

As for the table end of the farm-to-table equation, you have Rose to thank for whatever you’re feasting on. She’s a classically trained chef and certified sommelier. And if you want a little something to go after your meal (you will), you can shop for the likes of 24-hour fermented yogurt and fresh-baked sourdough.

Thanks to our friends at The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel for the info!

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