Farm to Table at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast

By Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner

One of my favorite times of the day is when I walk out in the morning to our garden to pick fresh herbs and vegetables  for our guest’s breakfast. This morning I picked fresh mint, parsley, dill, chives and thyme for our savory egg breakfast at both the Captain Freeman Inn and Brewster by the Sea. This morning’s breakfast included fresh honeydew melon with lemon, mushroom and sun dried tomato omelet with gruyere cheese and garden greens and a delicious apricot scones baked in our inn’s kitchen with homemade raspberry jam.

We just learned that the acclaimed Chathams Bar Inn purchased a farm in Brewster, called Fran’s Garden Center. According to an article in the Cape Cod Times they plan to close down the retail farm stand and convert the property into farmland so that they can provide more fresh farm to table fruits and vegetables to their guests staying at the Chatham’s Bar Inn. We absolutely love our little sea captain’s town of Brewster and appreciate the quiet, wooded nature, along with plenty of open space for farming. It tickled us that the 5 star resort in Chatham looked to Brewster to find open space to harvest fresh produce for their guests.

We are always striving to be creative and healthy with our farm to table breakfasts at both of our Cape Cod Inns in Brewster, the Captain Freeman Inn and Brewster by the Sea. I have realized of late that the concept that is most pleasing to our guests is actually pretty simple……. Most of our guests enjoy healthy breakfasts that are well presented and homemade, using the freshest, local ingredients possible! For us, we start out with fresh squeezed OJ and Cranberry Pomegranite juice, and our specialty breakfast drink we like to call the Brewster Sunrise. We then have a special fruit of the day that may include fresh pineapple, melon, baked apples when in season or watermelon.
Lastly, we serve a special main course which rotates between a savory one day and a sweet the next. We are always testing new recipes and have set our summer menu to include new favorites such as Creme Brûlée French Toast, Cranberry Waffles and Ham and Cheese Breakfast Paninni’s with Cranberry Chutney. We love cranberries on Cape Cod and purchase a year’s supply in the fall and place them in our freezers to last until next year’s harvest.

Here’s to enjoying a wonderful breakfast on Cape Cod!

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