|The view from Brendan's kitchen windows|
So, when I tell you that Brendan will have not one, not two, but THREE giant windows lining one entire wall of his kitchen, you may be able to appreciate how excited he is. And not only will he have windows, but they look out over a large green space and the woods. And the landlord is even open to allowing us to plant a kitchen garden in that space - so one day the cooks will be able to take a leisurely stroll outside to choose their herbs. Heaven!
On the far side of this sliding door is a huge space that is used as a performing arts venue. Plays, concerts, art installations and mardi gras parties are some of the recent uses for the space. We envision pre-event dining in the restaurant and then when the doors for the performance open, we can simply roll back the door and patrons can stroll right into the next part of their evening.
As if the possibility of adding our own kitchen garden wasn't good enough, right next door to our space is an organic co-op grocery that carries produce, meat and dairy from local farms. If we run out of something, we can simply step next door.
This picture to the left is taken from
the front porch of the grocery store.
Our space is in the center - the line of windows.
In the picture to the right, you can see the view of the mill building from the parking lot. A path leads through a pollinator garden planted and maintained by the local agriculture extension office. Because it was planted specifically to provide food for local pollinators, there is something blooming at least 9 months of the year!
Finally, on Saturday mornings, the local farmer's market sets up in the lower parking lot - so Brendan will be able to pick up ingredients straight from the farmers! We're thinking a Saturday brunch will pair perfectly with a morning out to the farmer's market.
The best part of all? The mill is all of 2 miles from our farm. Brendan could WALK to work. The kids and I will be able to drop in and see him any time we wish. Once in a while, he may even be able to duck out in the mid-afternoon for an hour to watch soccer practice! Unfathomable!
We're standing on the precipice now - about to begin the biggest job we'll ever undertake (not counting being parents).