From Carrie

The Herbfarm has always been more than a restaurant—it’s a testament to the love, dedication, and vision we shared for creating and maintaining an unparalleled farm-to-table experience. With a heart full of gratitude, I reflect upon the legacy that Ron and I nurtured together. This is a story of growth and hope-- from our imagination and a garden to the flourishing dining experience that stands today as a beacon of culinary innovation and sustainability.

Our journey, chronicled with care in The Spirit of The Herbfarm Restaurant by Ron Zimmerman, is a narrative that spans decades, embodying the essence of connecting food, land, and community.

As you turn the pages of this book, you'll embark on a voyage through the history of America's pioneering farm-to-table restaurant. You'll witness the evolution of The Herbfarm, from humble beginnings in a farm garage to its rise as a world-renowned culinary destination while remaining celebrated for its continual commitment to seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and exquisite dining experiences.

The Spirit of The Herbfarm Restaurant offers you more than just a glimpse into the life of a revolutionary dining experience--it gracefully illustrates how vision, passion, and collaboration can create something truly extraordinary.

Not just a recounting of past glories, this story inspires the present and the future. Each chapter delves into the stories of the people, the place, and the local foods that make The Herbfarm experience a symbol of gastronomic excellence.

It is a bridge between the foundational principles Ron and I held dear and the fresh perspectives that countless disciples bring to the table from their tenure at The Herbfarm. It's a celebration of the cycles of nature, the hard work of our farmers, staff, and chefs, and the unforgettable experiences of our guests.

Whether you're a culinary enthusiast, a lover of farm-to-table dining, or someone moved by stories of innovation and eternal entrepreneurial spirit, this book holds something special for you.

Join us on this riveting, remarkable journey.

May the pages of this book stir your imagination, provoke your taste buds, and encourage you to embrace the beauty of food crafted with intention and integrity.

Looking forward to the shared meals of the future,


The Big Cheese,
Carrie Van Dyck