NEWTON — Every chef likes a place to test new ideas, techniques, or ingredients. For Stephen Coe, that place is Hollow Tree Farm in Plymouth, where he lives with his wife and three children under 5, and is surrounded by cranberry bogs, raised-bed gardens, a greenhouse, and beehives.
Coe, executive chef of Bokx 109 American Prime at Hotel Indigo in Newton, might wander the 22 acres of his land and wrangle bees, plant mushroom spores in a wooded area, or harvest a rogue crop of saffron. The results of his rural experiments sometimes make their way onto his menu. Currently he’s adding honey, honeycomb, nectar, and pollen to sweet and savory dishes, drinks, and cocktails.