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 + Menu March 8-9

cheese pizza with a mini salad of marinated kale and pickled red onions

The winter/spring season at the farmstand is off to a great start. Lots of folks are coming in for veggies, pastries, coffee, and meals. Here are a few photos taken Thursday, March 8.

to start:

country pâte and liverwurst with cornichon and whole grain mustard
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
GTF salad with beets, blue cheese, almonds, and a sweet chili vinaigrette
potato and leek soup with artisan bread
vegetable barley and ham soup with artisan bread
 
potato/kale/blue cheese pizza

pizze:

garlic/tomato/mozzarella
pepperoni/pickled peppers/tomato/mozzarella
Italian sausage/zucchini/tomato/mozzarella
potato/kale/blue cheese/tomato/mozzarella 
 

agnolotti

secondi:

agnolotti with shrimp, sorrel, and goat cheese
smoked pork sausage over braised cabbage
creamy polenta with vegetables and poached egg
fish stew of clams, mussels, and rockfish
 
housemade pickled red onions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Ana Patty (and yes, everyone calls her ‘Ana Patty’), the brains and hands behind all the pastries and sweets that come from the farmstand kitchen. She’s a master of dough and batter.

doughnut batter in the works
the pastry case

Pig Break-down

The cool winter months are a time of preparation at the Gathering Together Farmstand. While much of the vegetable and on-farm food preservation occurred in November, the start of the new year brings a second phase to the GTF kitchen: butchery.

Less than a mile from GTF, Mosaic Farms grows and produces some of the nation’s finest heritage breed hogs. Using hand-mixed feed, sustainable land management, and so much love, owner/operator Chris Hansen has grown Mosaic steadily over the last two years. He is one of a cadre of young farmers in the region who is putting his own stamp on agriculture through his hard work, smart business practices and full bore commitment to the welfare of his animals. Last week, Hansen personally delivered a whole hog, packed in ice in the back of his station wagon, to the GTF kitchen.

Breaking down the animal took several hours as chef, JC, worked to prepare meat for copa, bacon, salumi and fresh cuts. Of the 200-plus pound whole animal, less than four pounds was determined unusable.

For a gallery of images from the break-down, visit our Flickr photo set, here. A warning: we believe people should know what their food looks like at all stages, however some of the images are graphic.