In August 2020 I wrote that Fosters Freeze at 5205 Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria had closed and that Katherine & Jason Lesh, who own the Farm Cart on Carpinteria Avenue, have rented the space and will be turning it into a farm to table restaurant named The Good Plow.
Katherine Lesh’s family has been farming organically in Santa Barbara County since 1973, as Shepherd Farms. “I was raised in my father’s fields, at his Farmer’s Market stands, and at the Farm Cart, which my parents passed on to me in 2012,” says Lesh who recently raised $50,262 with a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the eatery to life. Each Kickstarter donation acts as a gift certificate.
“A new hip, fully transparent farm to table restaurant, retail store, and ice cream window,” is how the new dining destination describes itself. “From the cooking oils we fry in, to our scratch-made dressings, to our house pressed tortillas, and dipped ice cream cones, everything is made fresh with certified organic ingredients. With that said, there are two ingredients on our mostly vegan menu that are not certified: line-caught, local fish and grass fed San Julian beef.”
Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The Good Plow is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Online ordering will be available in September. Visit thegoodplow.com
THE GOOD CHEF: Chef Pedro at the ice cream window of The Good Plow restaurant that just opened in Carpinteria. Courtesy photos.