Three years ago, Tamara Bolger did the unthinkable. She quit her corporate job in Toronto and moved to a farm in Kingston, ON, kids and husband in tow. She tilled the soil, bought a pair of cowboy boots and learned to love country music. “We got a pet pig and named her Scarlett Johansson – my friends thought I was crazy,” says Bolger, who now operates the city’s best-known food truck, Farm Girl.
Unlike more niche food trucks, Farm Girl is all about in-season, farm-to-table fare. “We try to source everything locally and when it’s in season, and right now that means strawberries,” says Bolger, who likes to add local berries to food-truck favourites such as her quinoa salad with black currant dressing, and to the menus she prepares for the barbecues she hosts on her farm.
For Bolger, Ontario strawberry season perfectly coincides with another summertime favourite, Rosé. “It’s the perfect wine to sip on a warm summer night,” she says, noting the wine style’s versatility and array of flavours, from sweet to dry. “The sweeter Rosés tend to have lots of ripe, red fruit flavour, so they pair really well with fresh strawberries, whereas I prefer a dryer Rosé with grilled fish or whatever else we’re cooking up. It’s just a really easy-going wine.”
With strawberry season upon us, we asked Bolger to come up with some berry-bounty recipes that pair well with Rosé.
See Farm Girl’s White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Coulis recipe.