My name is Sinclair Welch, currently a sophomore at the University of Vermont majoring in Environmental Studies concentrating in Food Systems. Prior to my studies at UVM, I attended the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, where I received a culinary degree. This summer I am working for Barcelona Wine Bar and bartaco in their South Norwalk offices with Farah Masani, a farmer and the Director of Culinary Procurement helping with food sourcing, inventory, distribution and farming. I will be writing weekly blogs to give you a peek at what goes on behind the scenes.
Last Friday, I drove up to Cherry Grove farm in Newtown, CT to meet Joel Thompson, one of the many farmers that supplies fresh produce to Barcelona. At the farm, Joel showed me around his three fields where he grows produce, and then he took me to his blueberry field where he has 450 blueberry bushes.
There, Joel and I spent a few hours picking what seemed like an endless supply of blueberries. There were so many berries that Joel and I were able to spend the whole time working on only a couple of bushes. We were able to pick 40lbs of blueberries for Barcelona in one afternoon.
This is the last week of my internship at Barcelona, as I will be returning to The University of Vermont in August. During my time with Barcelona, I learned all about farming, purchasing, distributing and warehousing for restaurants. I enjoyed my time here so much that I will be back again next summer to help Farah.