The owners of b.good restaurants have come a long way since they grew tomatoes in kiddie pools on the roof of their Brighton location, but they are still playing in the dirt. The health-conscious, farm-fresh, fast-casual restaurant has more than 35 locations worldwide and a farm on Boston’s Long Island that teaches Camp Harbor View attendees about nutrition and hard work while donating 75% of the harvest to those campers and other worthy organizations. To cap it off, they are teaming up with Six Chair Productions to throw Festival at the Farm on Saturday, July 30th, at Prowse Farm, in Canton.
The all-day food and music event will celebrate the farmers, food producers, and artisans that b.good works closely with as well as benefit the b.good Family Foundation. All donations made at the family-oriented festival, in addition to the net profits generated by b.good, will go directly to their micro-grant program that, as b.good’s website explains, helps, “inspired individuals improve their communities.”
“We will announce four grant winners,” said Jon Olinto, co-owner of b.good. “They will be integrated into the experience so you can hear their story and hear what their local project is. We want them to inspire people attending the festival to also apply for grants.”
The evolution of this charitable festival begin more than a decade ago, when b.good owners Anthony Ackil and Jon Olinto closed the Dartmouth Street restaurant on July 4th and hosted a backyard barbecue for their employees and friends. The tradition continued each summer, with larger attendances, “so we decided to formalize it with the b.good family barbecue and farmers market at GTI in the South End,” Olinto said.
B.good is once again expanding on their cookout with a larger location, vendors, and sponsors: Nasoya, Green City Growers, Pineland Farms, Wulf’s Fish, Pain D’Avignon, Deluca Farms, Freight Farms, North Country Smokehouse, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Stonyfield, KIND, Post 390, and more, as well as beverages from Harpoon Brewery, 90+ Cellars, Poland Spring, and more.
The Festival at the Farm will also feature two stages of live music from the Ryan Montbleau Band, Jesse Dee, The London Souls, and many more; games (cornhole, spikeball, and ladder golf), a family yoga class, and a kids zone with a magic show from Awesome Robb, tales from Big Joe the Storyteller, and a nature show from Trailside Museum.
“I don’t think we would’ve had a storyteller at our original barbecue,” Olinto said. “The best thing that you can do is create a festival that’s good for everyone. It’s a better perspective that we have now. It’s supposed to be about community – creating positive connections between farmers and food; impacting people and giving back at a more generous size and frequency.”
General admission ($40) does not include food but be sure to check out b.good’s selection of burgers, a chicken sandwich with corn salsa and cheddar, a grilled vegetable sandwich with balsamic glaze, their summer berry salad, potato salad with grilled corn, and a selection of lemonades.
Or you can opt for the VIP experience ($120), which includes an oyster bar from Wulf’s Fish (4 to 6 pm), a private bar with two Harpoon drink tickets, non-alcoholic beverages, preferred concert viewing, and a farm to festival dinner, plus all-day snack from b.good’s chef Tony: Pineland Farm’s tri-tip steaks with gremolata & smokey tomato sauce, spice-rubbed, grilled free-range chicken with Carolina mustard bbq sauce, North Country Italian Sausage with balsamic onions, arugula & pecorino, Maine lobster roll with charred corn and lemony avocado, grilled ratatouille of Brookwood Farm vegetables, basil vinaigrette and crumbled chevre, toasted pasta salad with feta, zucchini & fire-roasted peppers, the Granite State Cobb of crisp North Country bacon, Pete and Gerry’s eggs, heirloom tomatoes, crumbled blue, baby spinach, green goddess dressing, and sesame-glazed Nasoya tofu with baby greens, snap peas, Sriracha carrots, and miso-ginger vinaigrette. Menu subject to change.
Festival at the Farm, presented by b.good, is on Saturday, July 30, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Prowse Farm, 5 Blue Hill River Road, in Canton. Tickets, available here, are $40 for general admission, $120 for the VIP experience, $15 for kids 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under.