Views Around the Farm Stand + Lunch Menu for March 10-13

warm spinach salad with lardon, polenta crouton, and poached egg

Happy spring, everyone! Finally it’s feeling like things are warming up and drying out, for a little while at least. Last week the farm stand was pleasantly busy, and we just want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who’s patronized the farm stand since we opened in March. Your support at this time of year when our expenses are astronomically high but our income sources are limited, makes a real impact on our bottom line (still in the red but not quite as far in the hole). Other ways that you can help us (and other local farms) get through a difficult spring season include: shopping at winter/early spring farmers’ markets, purchasing a CSA share (more details here), or buying GTF bucks (essentially a gift certificate, but you save 10-15% on all your GTF purchases).

In other farm stand news, our Thursday and Friday dinners were quite well attended last week. (Again, thanks to y’all.) If the trend continues as we hope it does, it won’t be long before our dinner schedule will be entirely filled with reservations made ahead of time. We will serve you if you walk in, and we have room, but your best bet is to make a reservation.

Thursday and Friday Dinners: 5:30-9 pm, call 541-929-4270 for a reservation

creamy watercress soup

The Lunch Menu (subject to change based on availability)

to start:

country pâte and liverwurst with cornichon and mustard
grilled leeks with hard-cooked egg, house bacon, and pumpkin seeds
 
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
warm spinach salad with lardon, polenta crouton, poached egg
GTF salad with coppa, candied almonds, and blue cheese with balsamic vinaigrette
 
creamy watercress soup with artisan bread
beet soup with artisan bread
 
grilled leeks with hard-cooked egg, house bacon, and pumpkin seeds
mushroom/spinach/tomato/mozzarella pizza

pizze:

garlic/tomato/mozzarella
house pepperoni/tomato/mozzarella
ham/leek/potato/tomato/mozzarella
mushroom/spinach/tomato/mozzarella
pesto/prawns/tomato/mozzarella
 

All of our pizzas come with a little pile of salad on top.

secondi:

lamb cappellacci with pea shoots
torta di crespelle
creamy polenta with vegetables and poached egg
beet risotto with watercress and balsamic
GTF brodetto
chicken galantina
 
torta di crespelle
torta di crespelle
lamb cappellacci with pea shoots

We’re garnishing with pea shoots. It must really be spring.

Here’s a sneak peak of Ana Patty’s cookies this week: chocolate chips, coconut, cranberries, and also sunflower seeds and nuts buried under that pile.

Views Around the Farm Stand + Dinner Menu for April 6

flat iron

Chef JC and the kitchen crew kicked off the official 2012 farm stand dinner series with a bang. It’s obvious that there’s a whole lot of energy and enthusiasm in the kitchen, and everyone is working hard to bring the best food and the best experiences to our dinner guests. We will continue to serve dinners every Thursday and Friday night from 5:30 until 9:00. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you’d like to dine before 8:00.

slices of housemade baguette

The Menu (The dinner menu changes every serving day, so this is just one example of what you can expect.)

to start:

salumi platter
trio of little salads
trippa stufata e gratinata
crostini of olive/peppers/goat cheese
soup/carrot/curry/clams
soup/mushroom/parmesan
GTF greens/hazelnut/cranberry/balsamic
GTF greens/pear/goat cheese/red wine dressing
 
crostini of olive/peppers/goat cheese

breaded pig’s ears ready to fry

salumi platter
polenta fries (My personal favorite: crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle)

pizza station with all the essentials: lemon, salt, and good olive oil

pizze:

garlic/tomato/mozzarella
house pepperoni/tomato/mozzarella
bacon/leek/tomato/mozzarella
kale/olives/tomato/mozzarella
pork belly/shallot/heirloom potato
 
housemade pepperoni

 

libations:

a variety of wines from Spindrift Cellers, Lumos, Tyee Wine Cellars, and Pheasant Court Winery
a variety of beers from Deschutes Brewery and Oregon Trail Brewery
iced tea
lemonade
French press coffee 
 
Oregon clams

secondi:

rockfish/beets/risotto/balsamic/pumpkin seeds
lamb/pinto beans/roasted peppers/tomato/arugula
flat iron/smashed potato/greens/rutabaga/aioli
pork loin/polenta/kale/crispy shallot
braised raab/leeks/peppers/polenta/poached egg/balsamic
 
pork loin
braised kale
lamb
base for the lamb dish

to finish:

peanut butter chocolate tarte with banana peanut butter ice cream
rhubarb pie with cardamom-orange ice cream
profiterole trio of caramel, rhubarb, and vanilla
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
JC is the head chef in the farm stand kitchen. He’s been at the helm since 2007.

All the kitchen food scraps go out to the compost pile to be recycled back into the soil.

Views Around the Farm Stand + Lunch Menu for April 3-6

braising mix in the wash tank

Even though the farm is still drying out from last week’s flood, we are open with our spring hours (Tuesday through Saturday), making the farm stand a more convenient and accessible source for not only great meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) but also fresh produce, sweet and savory pastries, humanely raised frozen meats, and a variety of local goods.

The Menu (subject to change based on availability)

to start: 

lava lake lamb pâté with sour cherry mostarda
brie with baguette
grilled leeks with hard-cooked egg, house bacon, and pumpkin seeds
grilled lamb crostini with caper salsa verde
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
GTF salad with beets, candied walnuts, goat cheese and red wine vinaigrette
creamy beet soup with artisan bread
parsnip soup with artisan bread
 

pizze:

garlic/tomato/mozzarella
house pepperoni/tomato/mozzarella
bacon/leek/tomato/mozzarella
kale/olives/tomato/mozzarella (shown above)
 

secondi:

lamb cappellacci with shallots and rosemary (shown above)
pork ragú with tagliatelle
creamy polenta with vegetables and poached egg
beet risotto with chicory and blue cheese
rockfish and prawns with raab, carrots, leeks, and arugula pesto
 

Ricky bakes some hearty whole wheat-honey bread to serve in the restaurant and to sell as whole loaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the height of the early fall harvest season, excesses of several different Gathering Together Farm vegetables get canned, jammed, sauced, pickled, and jarred up, so that the preserved goods can be sold over the winter and spring. We offer strawberry-rhubarb jam, marinara sauce, enchilada sauce, pickled beets, and pickled peppers.

We also have several varieties of pickles and relish from our friends at Sweet Creek Foods and local Wild Harvest honey for sale in the farm stand.

The farm stand freezer case is filled with humanely raised meats from Mosaic Farm (pork), Afton Field Farm (chicken) and McK Ranch (beef). We also sell wild Chinook salmon and albacore tuna from Moonshine Park Fish Company.

green mustard

Our guests and customers are always welcome to tour the farm when they visit for pastries, groceries, or a meal with friends. Though our fresh offerings are somewhat limited (mostly greens and leeks) this time of year, the farm is a very busy place. If you plan on walking out to the fields, be prepared by bringing waterproof boots and wearing pants that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. We’d love to see you here.

Views Around the Farm Stand + Lunch Menu for March 29-30

How about that purple sprouting broccoli, huh? We have bunches of it along with many other types of raab and salad mix for sale in the farm stand, and we’ll have more at farmers’ markets this weekend (Portland, Corvallis, Newport, and Hillsdale on Sunday). If you’d like to grow your own purple sprouting broccoli, you can get seed from Territorial Seed CompanyJohnny’s Selected Seed, or Osborne Seed Company.

The farm stand and restaurant will open with our spring hours starting next week: TUESDAY through SATURDAY–open 9 to 5 with lunch 11 to 2 and Saturday breakfast from 9 to 2. Plus THURSDAY and FRIDAY dinners 5:30 to 8:45. While we will gladly serve walk-ins at dinner if we have room, we often fill up, so reservations are highly recommended.

roasted shallot fitters in the fryer

The Lunch Menu (subject to change based on availability)

to start:

lava lake lamb pâté with sour cherry mostarda
brie with baguette
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
GTF salad with roasted shallot fritter, shaved apple, and blue cheese vinaigrette
creamy beet soup with artisan bread
potato, leek, and ham soup with artisan bread
 

GTF salad

Lava Lake lamb pâté with sour cherry mostarda

creamy beet soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

pizze:

garlic/tomato/mozzarella
house pepperoni/tomato/mozzarella
prawns/scallions/tomato/mozzarella
beets/shallots/tomato/mozzarella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

cheese pizza

drinks:

herbal or black iced tea
organic drip coffee
french press organic coffee
organic lemonade
hot tea
Izze soda
Spindrift Cellars 2009 chardonnay
Lumos 2010 pinot gris
Pheasant Court Winery 2008 maréchal foch
Tyee Wine Cellars 2008 pinot noir
Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Green Lakes Organic Ale
 

cappellacci in the works

cappellacci

cappellacci with smoked belly and leeks

rockfish

secondi:

cappellacci with smoked belly and leeks
semolina gnocchi with roasted tomatoes and mozzarella
creamy polenta with vegetables and poached egg
seafood risotto with rockfish and clams
stuffed Mosiac Farm pork loin with golden raisins and kale
 

stuffed Mosiac Farm pork loin with golden raisins and kale

creamy polenta with vegetables and poached egg

ham bits

ham and swiss on croissant dough

unbaked ham and swiss croissants

Views Around the Farm Stand + Menu for March 23

Boy were we glad to see the sun come out today. Sally, John, and several crew members were up until the wee hours of Thursday morning sloughing snow off greenhouses, and the whole farm was white for most of two days. Maybe all the bad weather is behind us, and we are now headed for a warmer, gentler spring.

grilled pâté with baguette

to start:

salumi and cheese platter
grilled pâté with baguette
tripe gratinata with peppers and bacon
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
GTF salad with pears, candied walnuts, blue cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette
spiced carrot soup with artisan bread
potato, leek, and bacon soup with artisan bread
 

tripe

tripe gratinata with peppers and bacon

GTF salad with pears, candied walnuts, blue cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette

spiced carrot soup with artisan bread

potato, leek, and bacon soup with artisan bread

lots of local goods for sale in the farm store

ham/bacon/caper/tomato/mozzarella

pizze:

garlic/tomato/mozzarella
pepperoni/pickled peppers/tomato/mozzarella
ham/bacon/caper/tomato/mozzarella
zucchini/caramelized onion/tomato/mozzarella
 

cannelloni with beets and chicories

secondi:

duo of agnolotti
Mosaic Farm pork ragú over spaghetti
cannelloni with beets and chicories
creamy polenta with vegetables and poached egg
brodetto of clams and rockfish with aioli
duck breast with polenta and leeks with sour cherry mostarda
 

brodetto of clams and rockfish with aioli

duck breast with polenta and leeks with sour cherry mostarda

a specially requested poached egg over grilled leeks

a sneak peak at Ana Patty’s Saturday breakfast offerings with ham and blue cheese croissants in the background.

fresh squeezed orange juice for Saturday breakfast