When Hales begins to speak about Cornman Farm’s he lights up the room. His eyes dance as he talks about the venture that led him to the farmland, and the passion he holds for every single vegetable and herb grown. Hales is quick to flash his large smile when speaking to our group about the community aspect of Cornman Farm’s, and the English-influence that shapes the food experience and cuisine offered.
Hales readily admits that his European influence causes him to focus on simple dishes that evoke the sense of nostalgia. His passion to understand the history of food has only aided his journey to Cornman Farms. Specifically, he has a passion for traditional foodways, such as canning, jarring, and farming. These interests were a propelling agent to his current position as a managing partner.
I was lucky enough to be treated, courtesy of Cornman Farm’s, to its ‘wedding brunch buffet,’ which would typically be served when an event is hosted. There were roasted tomatoes, traditional Yorkshire pudding, savory homity pies, and the traditional fresh fruit and yogurt, bacon, fried potatoes, and eggs. As we ate, we were reminded that a large amount of the ingredients were grown on the farm specifically for its events. Every single dish was packed full of flavor, with each ingredient tasting fresh and cooked to perfection.