Valentines Dinner 2013 – Menu and Photos

The Farmstand is off to a warm and wonderful start with our Valentine’s celebration in full swing. We had a packed house on Thursday and Friday and again today. We have been working hard all week. Here is the menu with pictures.

Guests were greeted with an amuse bouche of pork and pistachio terrina with pickled beets and house mustard.
Next to come to the table was a dungeness crab croquetta accented with a key lime aioli and served with a salad of watercress, apple, and grapefruit.

Next course was a parsley and parsnip root soup with pickled apple and crispy duck confit. We forgot to snap a picture!

As a fourth course we prepared a casonsei rossi, which in this case was a beet-filled ravioli with toasted shallots and poppy seeds.
As the main course we served duck breast with potato puree, rutabaga, kale, demi-glace, and a toasted wheat berry foam.
And to finish we served a spiced cheesecake with port granita, creme anglaise, hazelnuts, and Speculoos cookie crumb.

What great time we had. Thanks to all those who came to eat, and to the crew who picked especially for us in the winter fields.  LUNCHES START UP FEBRUARY 28th! We will see you there.

Valentines Day is Coming!

As we prepare for this year’s Valentine’s Day Celebration, we build our prep lists which will guide us through the chaos. A crazy flurry of cooking and chopping and cleaning and discussing ends at 6:30 p.m. as the first guests show up at the Farmstand. Hopefully all of our preparations lead to a flawless romantic dinner. Thanks to all who plan to attend our celebration.

Happy Holidays and Welcome to 2013

White Peacock Kale

Here’s a bright Peacock Kale for the solstice! Today marks the official beginning of winter, but we’ve already had our first snow on Tuesday, and the river made a brief foray into the parking lot yesterday. There are plenty of gray, rainy days ahead, but we know we’re beginning the journey back toward more sunlight.

We’ll be at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Farmers Market tomorrow with a lot of late-season veggies! Then we’ll take a holiday break on December 29. The Portland Winter Market begins January 5 at Shemanski Park; the Hillsdale Market resumes January 6; and the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market begins January 12 at the fairgrounds.

2012 Christmas Card

We sure appreciate you all, and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Terra Madre Day 2012

This Saturday, December 1st, is the third annual Terra Madre Day in Corvallis. Please join us at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 3-7 PM, for this community celebration of local farmers and artisans.

Admission is free, and proceeds from the event will go to support the SAGE Garden and the  Ten Rivers Food Web “That’s My Farmer” SNAP Incentive Program.

Check out the Terra Madre Day 2012 facebook page for a list of all the local vendors you’ll find there! Our own JC and Paula will be selling breads, cookies, canned goods, and vegetables.

 

Working Hands

Pretty hands don’t exist in the kitchen. There are no manicures. No pampered skin, nor painted nails. Instead there are calluses and burns. A half-moon- shaped cut that slices through the nail-bed to the quick requiring a trip to the Emergency Room and three stitches put in with strong black thread. Jergens would be appalled.

Kitchen hands bear the marks of the trade. They know their way around a knife, move from left to right down the board and down the line. They reach into hot pans and hot ovens, retrieving baguettes without fireproof protection, prodding cuts of meat to test for doneness. A medium rare steak should feel like the web of muscle between the thumb and forefinger. Or like your plump lower lip. Full and filled with appeal.

The Gathering Together Farm kitchen crew has hands that speak of their lives. JC’s ring shines on his left hand as he preps onions for filling, dices veg for roasting, takes apart a pig for charcuterie. Ricky’s hands tell of late night music gigs, endless hours holding a guitar, a banjo, a spatula. Ana’s are feminine, but strong. They bear the pinch marks of the Hobart mixer, and the burns from hot oil that she uses to cook fresh potato donuts. Ben’s are made to make pasta: deft fingers creating classic shapes to impart texture from the old countries.

Here, hands shape, and are shaped by, work.