Farm to table, why not take the table out to the farm? Grande Lakes Orlando is pleased to announce Whisper Creek Farm, a 7,000-square-foot fruit and vegetable garden with an adjoining 11,000-square-foot outdoor event space. Whisper Creek Farm, set amidst the 500-acre Grande Lakes estate, creates a truly authentic farm-to-fork experience for groups of up to 250 people (seated) or 600 (reception). Products from the farm are featured at events as well as used throughout the resort at both The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, in restaurant dishes, beverages, and even spa treatments at the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando.
A unique interactive and educational dining experience, guests will be encouraged to peruse the garden and even pick and taste the products. Whisper Creek offers four types of events:
This is not the resort’s first trip to the farm. To maintain Whisper Creek, Grande Lakes Orlando has again partnered with Bumper Crop, a Central Florida company that already manages both the resort’s on-site apiary, producing honey used in dishes and spa treatments, and the PRIMO Organic Garden, a raised-bed garden producing herbs and produce for Melissa Kelly’s PRIMO Restaurant at JW Marriott Orlando.
Pedi-cabs or shuttle vans will chauffeur guests from the hotels to Whisper Creek Farm, located next to the sixth tee box on the resort’s Greg Norman-designed golf course and bordering a peaceful nearby creek (the inspiration for the space’s name). Surrounded by a perimeter of 120 pineapple plants, Whisper Creek Farm will produce cucumbers, acorn squash, collard greens, avocado, mango, sweet potatoes, a variety of herbs, a pumpkin patch, and much more. As is natural with its Central Florida location, the space also features eighteen seven-foot citrus trees, including tangerine, kaffir lime, and kumquat. In addition to the vast garden, Whisper Creek hosts resident bees in three hives to help in the pollination of the flowering plants and provide more of the Grande Lakes signature nectar. Whisper Creek Farm events can be booked October through June, with evening affairs being particularly picturesque.
Grande Lakes Orlando has additional exciting plans for the site in the future, including: permaculture methods for fertilization, a chicken coop, a composting area, a fenced area for cows and chickens, Argentinian grilling cooking classes, a communal fire pit, and barn-style event space.