Winter is almost here, but that doesn't mean there's nothing growing! To increase efficiency during these cold months, Farmer Ric has built a propagation house to nurture seedlings during the winter, and is expanding the hoop-house for more growing capacity.
But you don't need an awesome hoop-house like yours to keep growing during the winter! With a little love and knowledge, anybody can grow a winter garden - and Farmer Ric has a few tips for anyone working on a garden this winter! It's a little too late to start a winter garden this year, but you can use these tips to start one next year, or to get a head start on a garden in the spring!
- Find the sunniest spot in your yard for cold-weather planting. Sun is scarce in the winter, and plants need a lot of it!
- Lettuce and leafy greens are the most idea vegetables to grow in cold conditions - try kale, chard, mustard greens, mizuna, tat soi, or spinach. You can also plant root vegetables like beets, carrots, and turnips. Use direct-seeding with those root vegetables; depending on how cold and how late in the year it is when you plant the seeds, they may grow right away, or the may "over-winter" and pop up in the spring. Garlic is another great plant to over-winter. They take a long time to grow, so if you plant some garlic in October or November it will be ready to harvest in the summer.
- And most importantly: it's starting to get COLD at night so your key move right now is to keep your garden warm. Your home garden actually has the advantage here, because it's likely a little more protected from the elements by neighboring houses and walls. But you still need to cover your winter plants with mulch and plastic row covering - which you can find at most local nurseries.
The balloons have come and gone, roasted green chile is thick in the air, and Sol Harvest saw its first frost at the beginning of October. The seasons have changed and fall is in full swing - which means BIG menu changes and Farm & Table!
Earlier this month, we rolled out some amazing autumnal dishes, like these two below - a new pork belly rillette with green chile and house-made applesauce, and a Velarde apple salad with Old Windmill brie:
And this pan roasted chicken with polenta, mushrooms, winter squash, arugula,and sage:
You can take a look at our full new menu right here on our website (spoiler alert: there's a buttery, chile-y, deconstructed-posole pork dish on there that will blow you away)!
The changes will just keep coming as we head deeper and deeper into fall! Jujubes, one of Chef Jaye's favorite winter treasures, are finally back, and we will have a salad featuring these beautiful, sweet little fruits very soon! Our winter squash is also starting coming in, so you can bet you will start seeing that all over at the restaurant. Our upcoming pasta special is a house-made winter squash and goat cheese ravioli, with local squash and Old Windmill cheese - served in a New Mexico red chile mole, made with artisanal, single-source cacao from the Dominican Republic.
The falling temperatures may signify a slowing down on the farm, but they also mean it's time for apples and green chile and pumpkins and jujubes - all those rich, flavorful fall favorites that we love so much! We can't wait to see them all at your table!
If you have not yet seen the new art hanging on the walls, you must stop by to check it out! The prints by our latest local artist, Carol Sanchez, are a powerful departure from the pretty paintings of our last few artists!
Between Here and There, Diptych Mezzontint, 2008 by Carol Sanchez
Sanchez is a printmaker who utilizes a process called the mezzotint to create dark and evocative abstract images. "Nature is my inspiration," says Sanchez; her prints are based on organic forms reinterpreted by Sanchez to create works of art which, as she puts it, "accentuate[s] the sensual and spiritual characteristics and draw out the beauty from the ordinary."
To learn more about Sanchez and her gorgeous, expressive artwork, click here to visit her webpage.
We hope you will stop by the restaurant to see the prints of hers we have on display!
October is a very special month for growers! Not only is it the most abundant time in the entire year, it is also - not coincidentally - Local Food Month. Here are some of the ways that we are celebrating seasonal, sustainable, accessible food at Farm & Table, in the state of New Mexico, and across the nation:
A Moveable Feast
October 1st - 31st, 2013
Last year, owner of Farm & Table Cherie Austin created the Movable Feast, which is a collaboration with several Albuquerque restaurants to offer a special locally-sourced dinner in celebration of National Local Food Day. This year, she turned the event over to Edible Santa Fe and has garnered an overwhelming response from more than 40 restaurants in participation! See the list of restaurants and join in.
Farm & Table Moveable Feast: Flora & Fauna
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7:00pm mingle | 7:30pm dinner
Join us for a 10-course culinary juxtaposition that will delight carnivores and vegetarians alike! The incredible team at Farm & Table will – as always – will feature the best of our local bounty, this time in two distinct menus: one all vegetable-based and one animal-based. Click here to view the menu.
2nd Annual Marigold and Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 19, 2013
FREE TO ATTEND!
Fun for the whole family! Join us for a celebration of local, sustainable, and accessible food.
La Parada Mercantile, Farm & Table and Sol Harvest Farm will be featuring lots of fun activities including: live music, produce stand, farm walk, hands-on crafts, workshops, games, yoga, food demonstrations, fun shopping, marigold garland-making, and more. Please carpool or ride your bike and join in on the Decorated Bicycle Contest!
Other community events and happenings:
Eat and Drink LOCAL Month – Edible invites you to join in on a month-long celebration of local food. Join in on the “Challenge” and visit restaurants across the state featuring dinners centered around local food!
TEDx ABQ Salon – October 3, 2013, featuring Local Food. Speakers include: Cherie Austin, owner of Farm & Table; Thomas Dellahite, Peculiar Farms; Jessica Rowland, UNM Sustainable Studies Program; John Garlisch, NMSU Agricultural Extension Service; Arturo Sandoval, Center for Southwest Culture and Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque Poet Laureate. (Will be viewable online.)
National Food Day - See what's happening across the nation!
Our Latin Street Food Fiesta is coming up this Sunday, September 15th!
We have had some very special events and dinners, but this one looks like it will be our biggest one yet, with food and drink, art, music, poetry, and goodies to give away to guests!
We are collaborating with the Albuquerque Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, performance poets Jasmine Sena Cuffee and Damien Flores, Duke’s Car Club, and others to create interactive, multimedia celebration that brings East L.A. Latin flavor to the Farm & Table patio, the shops of La Parada and the Sol Harvest field.
- Wander the patio and explore street food-style carts on the Farm & Table. Chef Jaye, guest Chef Philip Beltran and their teams have ten courses of tantalizing tastings inspired by the Latin street food of East L.A. to sample. Wash it all down with a Cervecería Mexicana craft beer or a house-made agave wine margarita!
Enjoy a slideshow of Estampas de la Raza, a very special collection of screenprints currently on display at the Albuquerque Museum. This larger-than-life and brilliantly colored exhibit is a survey of Latino and Chicano printmakers from the late 1960s to today, on loan from the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. With depictions of Che Guevara, Frida Kahlo, lowriders, pachucos, tacos, tattoos, and the Virgin of Guadalupe, these prints provide an introduction to the richness and diversity of Latino culture, along with its growing influence on contemporary life in the United States.
See spoken-word poetry from the distinguished Albuquerque poets Jasmine Sena Cuffee and Damien Flores. For a teaser, check out one of Cuffee’s performances here.
Take your picture with a lowrider in the Sol Harvest field! Five of these distinctive beauties will be on loan to us from the Duke’s Car Club.
Listen to music from DJ and Emcee Joseph Wasson, plus a live mariachi band.
There are still spaces left for this very special event - we hope you will join us!
*image: Patssi Valdez, November 2, 1998. Screenprint. Estampas de la Raza collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo.
Sunday, September 15
Latin Street Food Fiesta:
A special dinner with guest chef Philip Beltran
You are invited to a special celebration to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month! Philip Beltran and his team will partner with Chef Jaye and her team to create a fun, festive event that will bring East LA street food to the patio of Farm & Table and La Parada! Street food-style stations will be set up on the patio for noshing and exploring.
As a special addition to the evening, a slideshow of vivid work from the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History's current exhibit, Estampas de la Raza will be showcased. Live music, beer & wine, poetry and more will also accompany this fun 10-course tasting!
6:30 Art & Music Mingle | 7:30 Street Food Feast | $70 per person
Spaces are limited. Please RSVP by emailing
. Check back here as the dinner gets closer for new developments and special surprises!
24 hour cancelation notice required for full refund.
*image: Rolando Briseño, Bicultural Tablesetting, 1998. Screenprint. Estampas de La Raza collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo.
We took a little break in the early summer, but we are BACK (and better than ever!) with our monthly special dinners. Last Tuesday we brought a taste of Spain to Farm & Table with Spanish wine, tapas, and a special live Flamenco performance.
Veronica Medina and James Martinez were our Cantaora and Tocaor for the evening, singing and playing the guitar while Fabian Sisneros and Emily DeSaulnier, the bailarores, enchanted us with traditional Flamenco dances.
Talented bailaores Fabian and Emily
Tocaor James Martinez strums the guitar
Meanwhile, Chef Jaye and her team prepared a spectacular 12-course tapas dinner that featured both classic Spanish dishes, and some of our own wild takes on the traditional cuisine using molecular gastronomy and cutting edge techniques. (All with tons of local ingredients of course.) The results were out of control!
Chef Jaye slices a leg of jamon serrano - muy típico en España.
The dinner was the perfect mix of celebrating the local and exploring new, international cultures and cuisines. It was our best dinner yet. We have lots more great dinners and events coming up in the months to come. Is your email address on our mailing list? It's the best way to find out about our special events!
Check out these AMAZING porcini mushrooms:
These guys are wild picked local mushrooms from New Mexico mountains. Our porcinis this week are from the Santa Fe National Forest - but our source won't share any more details of his secret spot! They're not only delicious, but extremely rare, which is why Chef Jaye is sooooo excited to have had them two weeks in a row.
Thank you, July monsoons!!!! The porcini mushrooms have a big, steak-like flavor and feel, so Chef Jaye is grilling them up just like a steak and serving them with arugula greens, cucumber, and thyme. They are something really special, and we're so lucky to be serving them tonight. Come try one!
Tuesday, July 23 - Special Dinner
TABLAO: Taste of Spain Wine & Flamenco Dinner
Travel to Spain at Farm & Table and join us for an intimate 12-course tapas dinner on the patio created by Chef Jaye and her incredible team. The dinner will be paired with eclectic spanish wines and will feature a special Flamenco performance.
7:30pm - Mingle
8:00pm - Dinner
$95 / person
This is an all-inclusive fixed-price dinner with limited seating.
Cancelations must be made 24 hours in advance in order to receive a full refund.
As many of you might have already noticed, the art has on the walls has changed once again and Farm & Table! A few weeks ago, we said goodbye to the beautiful paintings of Krysteen Waszak and welcomed in our new local artist, Barbara Clark!
Barbara paints vibrant landscapes that echo the spirit of the Southwest. In 2006, she quit her job and began painting full time. You can learn more about the artist, and a look at her beautiful paintings on her website. "It turns out life is what you make it," she says on her website's biography. "The only one who never allowed me to paint for a living was me!" Of her paintings, Barbara says, "I paint outside as much as possible. The rest of the time I'm at the easel in few of the beautiful Sandia Mountains. It is my passion to continue to paint the best I can for the rest of my life."
For us, though, the best thing about getting to show Barb's work is that Barb was actually one of our "plein air painters" at last year's Solstice celebration!
She answered our invitation to celebrate the longest day of the year by painting on our field...
and left with this lovely little painting of our farm:
Now that same painting is hanging in our restaurant for all to see! We think it's so cool that we were able to be a part of Barb's creative journey on multiple steps along the way. Come out to the restaurant and check out her work!