For the Kosch family, home is a bucolic, apple tree–studded acreage in Traverse City, Michigan, where they tend pigs and chickens and all manner of vegetables ripe for the picking. Doug, 46, owns and runs Boathouse, a contemporary French restaurant on the shore of West Bay. Erin, 42, a high school history and geography teacher, happily pitches in at the restaurant as needed. Daughters Emma, 14, and Mallory, 12, "are great with the animals," says Doug. The family's produce-packed, home-cooked meals inspire these simple, flavorful recipes.
Farm to Table
The Kosches grow a number of tomato varieties, including heirlooms, in their family garden. One of Erin's go-to dishes is tomato pie (next page) — it's the perfect way to showcase the brightly colored produce.
Heirloom Tomato Pie
A Trend Worth Following
"There's a huge movement nationwide for farm to table, and it's taken to heart here."
BBQ Turkey Burgers
Simple, Seasonal Ingredients
"We cook very simple and we use great ingredients. We try to do as much as we can in season."