In 1985, the Zimmermans’ son, Ron, sold his previous business. With Carrie Van Dyck, his wife and partner, he joined The Herbfarm in early 1986. That winter and spring they worked to remodel part of the farm’s home and garage into a little restaurant. The educational luncheon program serving a 6-course meal opened on May 25, 1986. Ron was the chef in those early years and Carrie was the host. The Herbfarm received excellent reviews. There was never an empty seat.