The 93-year-old property features an organic garden with 34 different fruits and vegetables, 17 savory herbs and garnishes, and six varieties of fragrant and edible flowers. Last spring, an on-site chicken coop housed 20 hens, and an additional 20 have been added, while the property’s maple trees are being tapped for syrup and a bee colony is set to debut in the spring.
Chickens, bees, maple trees, and an organic garden are bringing healthy dining to Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, Bunkershot.com reported.
During Medinah Country Club’s 93-year history, it has hosted many of golf’s most prestigious events, including U.S. Opens, a PGA Championship, even the 2012 Ryder Cup. Today, Medinah is also hosting healthy farm-to-table meals that feature produce farmed on property, Bunkershot.com reported.
In the year-old organic garden, tucked away just inside the club’s main gate, 25 beds have been planted with 34 different fruits and vegetables, 17 savory herbs and garnishes, and six varieties of fragrant and edible flowers. The vegetables and herbs are featured on the club’s “Garden Menu,” while some of the fruits are being turned into jams, enhancing seasonal dishes, and garnishing cocktails, Bunkershot.com reported.
Last spring, an on-site chicken coop housed 20 hens. Another 20 have been added, all hatched on premises, and the club is cooking with their USDA-certified eggs as well as fertilizing with a compost made from egg shells, chicken droppings, trimmings, and coffee grounds, Bunkershot.com reported.
Many of the stately maple trees that adorn the courses are being tapped for maple syrup served in the club’s restaurants atop waffles, pancakes, and French toast, and being added to vinaigrettes, marinades, and sauces. The syrup is bottled under the name “Meacham’s Garden,” honoring the Meacham family that owned the local land back in the 1800s, Bunkershot.com reported.
Beginning this spring, the club plans to inaugurate its own bee colony, starting with two hives that will help pollinate the garden while producing honey, Bunkershot.com reported.
Besides providing food for Medinah’s members, the gardens, coops, and other all-natural sources are part of a concerted effort to create what General Manager Robert Sereci called “a homey, nurturing, comforting, and intimate community.”
“My team and I want to make Medinah the new neighborhood,” said Sereci. “Along with golf, members join Medinah Country Club because they want to be part of a welcoming and thriving social community where they can experience dynamic shared experiences with other members and their families. Building community is why we do what we do, and these new amenities help support that vision in a unique, wholesome, and family oriented way.”
“It is the start of an amazing future of organic and sustainable products that we care for from start to finish,” said Executive Chef Michael Ponzio. “We are able to choose the varietals, control the environment they thrive in, and pick them when we feel they are at their finest.”
Creating yet another unique eating experience, last year Medinah purchased a food truck that now provides a constantly changing choice of smoothies, handmade burgers, seasonal street foods, and homemade grab-and-go snacks at key stops on the club’s three golf courses as well as its shooting center and other on-property events, Bunkershot.com reported.
“We are building a community with a stream of experiences for all family members,” Sereci said. “The golf courses, like our farm-to-table idea and our food truck, represent things that create experiences that will amplify our neighborhood.”