I don’t believe their is a greater champion of the foods and wines of Prince Edward County than Cynthia Peters. For the chef and cookbook author it may be the zeal of the converted, as she transformed herself from city slicker to full time County gal when she founded From The Farm Cooking School on her 40 acre property, which she bought nearly a decade ago. Everything that happens at From The Farm, whether it’s a private guided tour to meet PEC’s most forward thinking farmers and winemakers, or a group lesson and lunch using only what’s local or in season, Peters’ work is always infused with her enthusiasm for her home. Even at Good Food Revolution, where she blogs for For The Farm as a Good Food Fighter, Peters uses the forum for her series on Local Heroes: her neighbours of note who make delicious things.
Peters’ enthusiasm is being recognized. Not just by the speed in which her cooking classes sell out. The experiences she curates have earned her a coveted spot in the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experience Collection in collaboration with Huff Estates Winery. Theirs is one of just 48 unique experiences recognized across Canada, and the only one in Prince Edward County.
I met Cynthia Peters at her beautiful 1830s homestead, in one of From The Farm’s two cooking areas, a recreated heritage kitchen built to accomadate a massive wood stove. Around the table, we shot the video below about what happens at From The Farm and also talked about her work promoting culinary tourism as Chair of Taste The County.
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Malcolm Jolley is a founding editor of Good Food Revolution and Executive Director of Good Food Media, the not-for-profit corporation which publishes it. Follow him at twitter.com/malcolmjolley