One of our favorite places to visit here in San Jose del Cabo is Flora Farms. We have been friends for decades with the founders Gloria and Patrick Greene. Below is their story, as told on their website so that you can understand the history and importance of having other neighbors that love the land here like we do.
“The original restaurant was called “ Café Flora”. It was the first little organic restaurant in Cabo. When Gloria Greene opened Flora, it became clear that there were not many truly organic vegetables available, so she and her husband Patrick Greene founded Flora Farms in 1996 to supply the restaurant with the best ingredients.
At the farm, the Greene family founded the farmers’ market along with John Graham, offering breakfast and hosting some of the first charity events for the humane society. Soon enough, executive chefs from some of Cabo’s most exclusive resorts sought them out, having heard that Gloria and Patrick were growing premium organic and heirloom vegetables.
When Chicago’s renowned Charlie Trotter opened his restaurant “C” at Cabo’s The One & Only Palmilla resort, it was the first to procure the farm’s produce. Guillermo Tellez, who worked for Trotter in Chicago, was named Trotter’s head chef at “C”, and got to know The Greene’s via their earlier restaurant, Flora, then by supplying “C” with vegetables and meats from the farm. Chef Trotter and Chef Tellez provided the Greene’s their first “by request” list of particular vegetable varieties to grow that were heirloom and organic, specifically for “C”.
Eventually Cafe Flora itself was closed, but the dream of being able to cook right on the farm where the superb organic produce grew was hatched.
As the farm grew, other internationally-known chefs, like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and others, who opened luxury resort dining rooms sought the farm’s products, until Flora’s Field Kitchen itself became so well-received that it had to keep all that the farm and ranch could produce for its own kitchens!
There is still a farm grocery market for guests of Flora’s Field Kitchen, The Culinary Cottages and retail, that offers Flora Farm produce, meats and charcuterie from the ranch, and fine pastry items and daily artisanal breads from the farm bakery. Everything is still organically grown, and ranch animals are humanely raised, hormone-and-antibiotic-free. “