The 38th Annual Boston/New England Emmy® Awards has announced that The Chef’s Plate: A Taste of New England’s “Farm Fresh Chef Challenge” has been nominated for best “Lifestyle Program Special.” The Chef’s Plate (TCP) in partnership with the New England Farmers Union filmed a special episode of TCP called the “Farm Fresh Chef Challenge” in October 2014. View the 29-minute video on the homepage of New England Farmers Union website:

FFC imageProducer/host Helen Ryba visited three local farms to fill a mystery basket with ingredients and then brought the basket to three award-winning New England chefs, who all have a passion for using locally sourced food. Each chef prepared a dish using ingredients from the three farms, plus three other New England farms. All business participants in the show are members of New England Farmers Union, which works to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life of family farmers, fishermen, and consumers in all six New England states.

The program visited the following Farmers Union member farms:

Trombly Gardens
150 North River Road
Milford, NH 03055

Eastleigh Farm
1062 Edmands Road
Framingham, MA. 01701

Diemand Farm
126 Mormon Hollow Road
Millers Falls, MA

Ingredients from these Farmers Union member farms were included in the basket:

Farmer’s Cow
49 Chappel Road
Lebanon, CT

Four Star Farms
496 Pine Meadow Road
Northfield, MA

Real Pickles 
311 Wells Street
Greenfield, MA

The following Farmers Union member chefs cooked meals with the ingredients from the farms:

Brent Menke
The Farm Table
Beranardston, MA

Brendan Vesey
Newmarket, NH

David Levi
Portland, ME

To learn more about the Farm Fresh Chef Challenge, visit or email New England Farmers Union: For more information on New England Farmers Union’s policy and program initiatives, please visit

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