"Mise en place begins in the soil." –Roberto Copa Matos
Terra Sacra is Old Havana's sister farm, owned and run by chef Roberto Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull. The 10-acre farm is located in Hillsborough, NC, with the first plantings in the ground Spring of 2015. Though the farm is in its nascent stages, it has solidified the restaurant's place as one of the nation's first truly farm to table Cuban restaurants.
"Grow local, eat global. That's the philosophy behind Terra Sacra," Roberto says. "In today's world everybody should be growing at least some of their food. That's why we're doing this. It's the right thing to do."
Roberto is employing the practice of double digging garden beds. While the process is labor intensive, he believes it's the best practice for the soil, which means it's ultimately the best for the vegetables. "Mise en place begins in the soil," Roberto says, referring to the restaurant practice of preparing one's ingredients and setting up a space before cooking.
From mint for our mojitos to habanero peppers for our famous Papa Bull hot sauce to tomatoes for summer salad and garlic for mojo we hope to have Terra Sacra growing at least 30% ofour produce by the end of 2017.
If you'd like to lend a hand at Terra Sacra or learn more about our farm to table mission, contact us.