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“Best office I’ve ever worked in” proclaimed Tim MacLean, as we meandered around the Celeste fig trees, past the Deerfield purple garlic, Mexican sour gherkins, rhubarb and artichoke bushes, tasting Killarney raspberries, chocolate mint and lemon basil along the way.
Clydes' Willow Creek Farm gardener and farmer extraordinaire since 2008, MacLean graciously gave The Georgetown Dish a private tour.
We met at the restaurant (subject of part two) and walked the short distance up a hill, across a small bridge and past a pond before reaching the two restored barns.
MacLean unlocked the gate, and resident bee-keeper, Patrick Staniford would have been proud.
In both hives, all workers were, in fact, as busy as ... well, bees, pollinating wildflowers and making honey for the restaurant.
Vegetables and herbs from the acre and a half “boutique” garden in the middle of a wildlife habitat on the grounds of a former Broadlands, Virginia dairy farm make their way to the dining table every day.
On 21 raised beds, MacLean grows everything from Chires baby corn to Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. Following organic farming methods, he employs "beneficial insects like praying mantises and ladybugs" instead of toxic pesticides.
With his farmhand buddies, a “funkified gnome” called Basil and Scary, the scarecrow, MacLean greets his daily visitors with varying degrees of eagerness. “Mortal enemy, the groundhog," MacLean explains, “dine and dash. They wait for huge tomatoes to turn the perfect shade of ripeness, climb over the fence, and then can’t quite manage to carry all their stash to safety. Racoons and deer and rabbits all come by regularly for a sniff and a nibble at the gourmet salad bar.
The little purple peppers were safe to try, but those “million Scoville Ghost peppers" were definitely not on the tasting tour. To give you an idea, a Habanero chili pepper’s heat range is 350,000 Scovilles. However, a preview of lunch did include sampling the Brandywine tomatoes and Little Finger eggplants.
A tour of the restaurant, a unique American inn designed from four restored farmhouse buildings and furnished with museum-quality antiques, is the subject of part two. And oh yes, a farm fresh lunch will be served.
Clyde's Willow Creek Farm is at 42920 Broadlands Boulevard in Broadlands, VA. Tel: 571.209.1200
“Neither rain nor shine nor 100 degree weather can keep people away from the GBA,” observed Sue Hamilton, Georgetown Business Association events chair as over 100 guests arrived at Georgetown Smile for the aptly named GBA July “Summer Sizzle” networking event Wednesday evening.
Third generation dentist, Dr. A.J. Peretz of Georgetown Smile graciously hosted the open house with “nibbles and drinks” for Georgetown business leaders, healthcare providers, and friends.
Marketing consultant, Emilia Pawlowski explained why she loves working at Georgetown Smile, “It’s very high tech and you get the most thorough assessment and treatment. And I’ve never met a man who loves dentistry so much.”
Guests enjoyed wine and soft drinks, crudite and salad as they mingled on the deck. Inside, representatives from Sonicare and Colgate offered samples and information. Two Philips Sonicare rechargeable toothbrushes were raffled during the party.
Janelle Jimason, massage therapist at Eastern Holistic Arts was on hand to demonstrate her favorite technique. “I really love Myofascial Release” she told The Georgetown Dish. Janelle also offers sports massage and different stretches, but her specialty is applying gentle sustained pressure in the Myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion. As EHA owner Tracy Hackett explained, “I’m happy to be partnering with other health professionals and GBA members. We have a lot to offer.”
Next month, meet the GBA August 17 at House of Sweden.
As reported this morning, JACK SPADE will be opening in Georgetown the first week in September. Confirmed this afternoon by the company, the men's furnishings shop's address is 1250 Wisconsin Avenue. "Sibling" Kate Spade is around the corner at 3061 M Street.