Of course, the idea of this farm as a pretend world couldn't be further from the way its proprietors, Dan and Kate Marsiglio, want their guests to think of it. The couple, who have two kids (Lucia, 6, and Isaac, 3, pictured here with Kate), opened their land to visitors last year with a simple goal: to educate people -- specifically families -- about where real food comes from.
Beyond the primal satisfaction all this brings, there's also the philosophical kind. Until this trip, I was an intellectual member of the farm-to-fork movement, eating my locally grown greens in hipster restaurants, reading about struggling farmers in The New York Times, shopping my farmers' market. But to actually witness (and partake in) all of the hard work that goes into every meal takes that understanding to a new level.
When you're getting harvesting instructions from Kate and Dan in the morning, you're deciding which available green your kids will like most. If you go for a hike, you plan to return in time to start the fire in the stove. It might seem one-tracked, but that's sort of the point. There is something tremendously satisfying about coaxing water to boil on a stove by stoking a fire, or eating corn your child picked a few hours earlier. And should any of this intimidate you, Kate and Dan are around for recipe recommendations or guidance.