Nothing says summer like a red, ripe, juicy tomato.
Compared to a supermarket tomato in the dead of winter, a local, homegrown, in-season tomato is… well, there is really no comparison. The reason for the drastic difference in color, taste, and texture is that off-season tomatoes are shipped from places like California, Florida, and Mexico, where they must be plucked from the vine before fully-ripened. Picking the fruits early helps lower the chance of bruising or rotting in transit, but this practice also tends to produce bland, watery tomatoes.
But there is good news! Summertime is upon us and local chef and restaurant owner, Adam Andrews, has been working on his farm to deliver delicious, local tomatoes – and plenty of other fruits and vegetables – to downtown Winston-Salem. The local food movement is growing, but it is quite unique for a restaurant to actually own its own farm. Jeffrey Bassett and Adam Andrews opened Jeffrey Adams together in 2013. A two-acre farm in Stokes County supplies Jeffrey Adams and Fourth Street Filling Station (also owned by Adam) with up to 80% of their fresh produce during the spring and summer seasons.
What is Adam most excited about this year? “Heirloom tomatoes,” he says. “They tend to be the most flavorful tomatoes. I really think the quality will be top notch this year.” Not only are tomatoes incredibly versatile and delicious, but they are also packed with nutrients. If you’re looking to incorporate any of the following vitamins into your diet, look no further than the plump red fruit: vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum, vitamin K, copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E, and phosphorus.
It is easy to eat healthy foods when they are so flavorful and convenient. Located at the corner of Fourth and Marshall Streets, Jeffrey Adams sits in the perfect downtown spot for your next lunch with colleagues, dinner with the family outside on the patio, or a special evening out after an event at the Stevens Center. For larger groups and events such as rehearsal dinners, graduation or birthday celebrations, or corporate gatherings, keep the Jeffrey Adams Wine Cellar in mind. The room is located in the basement of the restaurant, and its private, sophisticated ambiance is perfect for those extra-special celebrations.
No matter the reason for your visit, you will feel welcomed into the contemporary, casual environment at Jeffrey Adams. The menu ranges from wood-fired steaks (for which Jeffrey Adams is well-known), seafood dishes, and of course, fresh salads with local ingredients grown by the chef himself. Whatever you do this summer, do not miss out on those red, ripe, juicy tomatoes – not shipped from California, but grown with love just up the road in Stokes County.