Farmer, chef offers dining farm-to-table
April 10, 2019
HOMESTEAD — For an authentic farm-to-table experience go to the next Three Sisters Farm monthly seating.
Growing organic jackfruit, bananas, limes and other produce is paramount to Jonathan Gambino, a professional chef and farm owner.
“I’m a cook, not a crook,” he said of his last name with no relation to the New York crime mafia.
Gambino doesn’t lead a life of crime but one of activism against corporations that manufacture genetically-modified food, he said.
He runs a farm that hides nothing from its consumers.
Three Sisters Farm is five acres of land cultivated by Gambino to grow certified-organic, pesticide-free produce. The farm, in part is named after the Native American reference to corn, beans and squash growing well together, and the fact that he has three sisters.
Gambino’s time is largely devoted to growing fruits and vegetables, which often leaves him with little time to spend creating dishes.
“I spend most of my work day with my hands in the soil,” Gambino said.
But as a former commercial chef, Gambino said a dichotomous career is possible.
Gambino has owned and operated Three Sisters Farm since 2012 and has diversified his operations.
Equipped with a food truck, he caters events throughout South Florida and monthly from a fruit stand/tiki hut that fronts his farm.
This month’s seating, which happened last weekend, was the relaunch of the Three Sisters’ farm-to-table offerings after recovering from Hurricane Irma.
Each seating includes a walking tour of the farm and the “royal treatment,” Gambino said.
“I use the ingredients raised on the farm, it’s not just an illusion,” he said. “Guests can bring their own bottle and we have a record player so people can bring records too.
“We have a gorgeous dining room that overlooks the whole farm and the crops. There’s a lot of places to eat out there, but here, it’s amazing.”
He said jackfruit high season is at the end of the summer and that there’s a distinct difference in taste between a green and a ripe jackfruit. The latter is sweet, like Bubblicious Bubble Gum.
His menu, which is shaped by seasonality, may include, for example, jackfruit tacos, jackfruit tamales, barbecue jackfruit or jackfruit mole.
Three Sisters Farm grows jaboticaba, a slow-growing grape-like fruit that grows on the trunk of the tree. One of Gambino’s favorites, he said, “It tastes like candy and has a thick skin. It goes great on a turkey sandwich.”
“I do a lot of roasted veggies, cassava, yucca, jackfruit, and I create wood-fire pizza using food that nature intended food to taste like,” he said.
The setting is rustic and down to earth with mostly a prix fixe menu. The dining room seats about 35 people.
Gambino provides vegan options and a choice between appetizers and main entrees. He said he accommodates special diets with advanced notice. The monthly seatings usually take place the first Saturday of the month.
On Saturday, May 4, Three Sisters Farm will offer its first lunch and dinner seating since 2017. Reservations should be made.
Guests may choose which time to eat and will be greeted at the fruit stand entrance to tour the farm or go straight to their seats. Three Sisters Farm is located at 18401 S.W. 248th St. in Homestead. Call 305-209-8335 to make reservations or for more information or visit threesistersfarm.com.