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Monday, 17 June 2013 11:31

Solstice at Farm & Table

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summerharvestSummer is a big deal on the farm.  The long, sunny, days and short, cool nights, the green fields and abundant crops that summer brings is cause for major celebration, and we can't help but be overcome with feelings of abundance, joy, and gratitude for the coming of another beautiful New Mexico summer.   We're so excited and grateful for the fresh tomatoes, zucchini, corn, and so many more fruits and vegetables we'll be enjoying all summer long from Sol Harvest and all the other local farms that support us at Farm & Table.

What better way to celebrate the wonderful oncoming summer than with our second annual Summer Solstice Celebration?  Along with Sol Harvest and La Parada Mercantile, we are so happy to bring you a full day of festivities on the longest day of the year!

 

IN THE FIELDS ~ Sol Harvest Farm

7am-8am: Yoga in the Field
Grab your mat and start your day with yoga led by Marisol Brito.

8am -9am: Field Blessing & Community Harvest Aimee of Sol Harvest will lead a field blessing after our yoga class. Then stay to join Farmer Ric for a community vegetable harvest. Take home some of the fruits (or veggies) of your labor.

6/7/8 pm: Field Walks w/ Farmer Ric
Walk the rows with Farmer Ric. Learn more about his passion for growing local and ask questions about growing your own. Expect a lovely sunset to close out the night.

 

ON THE PATIO ~ Farm & Table Restaurant

Be sure to make reservations to enjoy dinner on the patio at Farm & Table. Dinner served from 5pm – 9pm.

5pm -8pm: Sol Harvest Farm Stand
After dinner, buy local veggies from Sol Harvest Farm to take home to your table.

5:30pm -7:30pm Live Music w/ Sage Harrington 
Enjoy live, acoustic music with local singer/songwriter Sage Harrington.

 

AT THE SHOP ~ La Parada Mercantile

Visit La Parada Mercantile for shopping from Dawn 'til Dusk! Come early for the best discount on the longest shopping day of the year.

Monday, 10 June 2013 16:00

Rock the Boat Recipe

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We had a great time at Rock the Boat last Thursday night!  All of the restaurants prepared delicious seafood offerings and it was great to see so many people out supporting sustainable food and the Albuquerque BioParks!

Farm & Table served Chef Jaye's local honey-beer marinated salmon, with wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay.  It was fantastic - check out the recipe below!

Local Honey-Beer Marinated Wild Sockeye Salmon

  • 1 side, approx 2 lbs, wild sockeye salmon
  • 1/2 c beer yeast (the yeast that settles at the bottom of the barrel) or 1/2 c high quality wheat beer (We use Marble Wildflower Honey Wheat yeast)
  • 1/2 c local honey
  • 1/2 c soy sauce

Mix marinade and coat salmon. Wrap in plastic, or seal in a large zipper bag. Allow to marinate about 4 hours. Preheat broiler. Place salmon skin side down on a oiled sheet pan or cookie sheet. Broil until starting to brown with some dark brown/black spots. If you prefer your salmon medium rare, pull at this point and allow to rest for about 5 minutes. If you prefer it more done, place in a medium oven for 3 to 5 more minutes.

Chef Jaye says she liks this served several many different ways - like room temp with sunflower sprouts and apricots and shoyu broth, or hot with white beans and parsley and currants, or with wheat berries finished with parmesan and pecans, and apricots.  At Rock the Boat we served with with a honey apricot sauce and lemon mint straight from our front garden.

For more sustainable seafood recipes, you can visit the Rock the Boat webpage and see all of the recipes from last year's event, including Farm & Table's salmon tartare!

We'll see you at Rock the Boat 2014!

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 14:09

Rock the Boat 2013

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rocktheboatRock the Boat is coming up this week and Farm & Table is thrilled to be participating for the second year in a row!

What is Rock the Boat, you ask? It's Albuquerque's annual sustainable seafood festival, now in its 9th year! Happening on June 6 this year from 6 to 8:30, the festival features live music, food samples from partnering restaurants (including us!) wine tastings, cooking demos, and more! It's a great party, but more importantly, it's for a great cause.

The festival promotes and educates about sustainable seafood practices, which are becoming more and more important in our world. Check out these statistics from the Rock the Boat website:

People once thought that ocean fisheries could never be exhausted, but they were wrong. Increased demand and destructive fishing practices have damaged the health of the oceans.  Today, nearly 70% of the world's fisheries are either fully fished or over fished. Approximately 30 million tons of fish, sharks, marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds die each year as by-catch (animals caught accidentally and discarded). We can all make a difference and change the future of the ocean!

All proceeds from the event benefit the ABQ Biopark. We hope we'll see you there!

ROCK THE BOAT SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Thursday, June 6th 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tickets $45
For more information visit: http://www.bioparksociety.org/rocktheboat

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:39

Field Trip to ARCA Organics!

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At Farm & Table, all of us - managers, cooks, servers, bussers, bloggers, and everyone in between - pride ourselves in our knowledge of the food we're serving and where it comes from, and we work hard to share that knowledge with our community. The connection between ourselves and what we put in our bodies is a sacred connection, and yet one we often lose track of in today's day and age.

We are passionately devoted to bringing that relationship between the people, the land, and our sustenance back to us. Anyone who works at Farm & Table can identify the food we serve and where it comes from - but we've realized that there is a big difference between knowing where our food comes from, and actually seeing it for ourselves: standing on the land, seeing the crops, laying our hands in the soil, biting into a radish straight from the ground.

That's why we've started a program, available to all our staff, of weekly field trips to the local farms that supply Farm & Table. Now, when you ask us about the asparagus on your plate, we can tell you not only that we know where it came from, but that we've actually seen it grow. We kicked off our field trips with a trip to ARCA Organics in Corrales with head farmer Sean Ludden.

Farmer Sean showed us around both of the properties belonging to ARCA Organics. At the first site we saw greenhouses full of tomatoes ready to be transplanted, and ARCA's signature wheatgrass that they sell all over the city. We saw carrots with huge, green tops peaking out of the ground. We salad greens that were ready to be harvested, and arugula that had gone to seed - and tasted the sweet arugula flowers that had replaced the greens. Outside we saw beds of strawberries and pulled radishes from the ground that would soon make their way to our tables. Farmer Sean wiped the soil away from one of the roots and said that we could sample them, if we didn't mind the dirt (we didn't!).

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At ARCA's second, and bigger, property, Farmer Sean showed us rows and rows of tomatoes and explained why many of the rows were covered to keep out bugs, and showed us a field of asparagus that we and Farmer Sean speculated to be the biggest asparagus field in the city.

Farmer Sean was so welcoming and helpful and generous with his time - he answered all our questions about ARCA Organics. THANK YOU FARMER SEAN! We loved our trip to ARCA Organics and can't wait for the next field trip!

thanksfarmersean

 

 

Friday, 26 April 2013 12:37

Cinco de Mayo Festival!

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May 4th - Join us for our annual Cinco de Mayo Folk Art & Music Festival!

There will be over 30 artists selling their work, live music, great shopping at La Parada, and food at Farm & Table!

Regular brunch will not be served. Festival food including tamale pie, carne & fish tacos, horchata, and other goodies will be available for purchase at 10am!

Please carpool or ride your bike – parking is limited!

Flier

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:03

Welcome, Spring

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strawberriesSpring is finally here! And we could not be more excited. Spring means growth on the farm, the beginning of Sol Harvest Farms' CSA, fresh, new, seasonal items in the kitchen, and LOTS of changes on the menu in the next few weeks!

The first bounties of spring are already coming in, and we are SO excited and pleased to be the first restaurant in the city to have local, spring asparagus, courtesy of ARCA Organics and Agri-Cultura. So tender and delicate - yum! We have also got fresh, local spring STRAWBERRIES coming soon! And this is only the beginning.

Sol Harvest Farm is also heating up with the weather. The farm CSA begins April 17th - you can get more information and get signed up on their website. Also, Farmer Ric says that by the end of March, he will have over EIGHT THOUSAND transplants in the ground - wow!

Welcome, Spring!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:03

The Story of the Tractor Turnip

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turnipTake a look at this beautiful, beautiful turnip on your left. We like to call that good-looking root vegetable our Tractor Turnips, and there's a great story behind that name!

Once upon a time, when Farm & Table was just a baby, and Farmer Ric was starting up Sol Harvest Farm, one of our community members - who has supported and even invested in Farm & Table from the beginning - asked Farmer Ric if he needed a tractor.

"Yes!" said Farmer Ric, "As a matter of fact, I really, really do!"

"Well," said the man. "I have a tractor that I can give you."

"Really?" said Ric, "A real tractor? For free?"

"Yes!" he said. "The only thing I ask in return is that you grow these turnips."

So Ric planted the seeds and named them the Tractor Turnips.  And, as it turned out, they THRIVED at Sol Harvest.  In fact, they turned out to be one of Farmer Ric's best crops.  

And that's the story of the Tractor Turnip.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:03

La Cumbre Beer Dinner

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li-ottawa-beer-patio-620Every day is getting warmer and warmer - and there's nothing better on a beautiful, warm, New Mexico evening than to sit out on the patio or porch with a cold beer. And we are doubly blessed here when it comes to this pasttime - because in addition to the near-perfect weather, we also have an abundance of amazing micro-breweries all over the state.

That's why next week on Tuesday, April 23rd, in celebration of the oncoming gorgeous weather, we'll be having a special beer dinner on our newly-reopened patio.  We'll be highlighting one of our favorite local breweries - La Cumbre - and pairing a number of their delectable brews with the fresh, local offereings of spring.  

We hope you'll join us for this celebration of the season, and our first special dinner of the year outside!  As always, our pre-paid, fixed-priced dinners have limited seating and often sell out quickly.  Call the restaurant at 505.503.7124, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase your seats!

We'll see you on the patio!

Monday, 18 March 2013 11:42

Featured Artist: Krysteen Waszak

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expanseThe walls are changing at Farm & Table!

As many of you know, Farm & Table features rotating displays of art on our walls by many of the talented local artists and painters in our state.  At the beginning of March, we said goodbye to Santiago Perez' whimsical still-lifes and welcomed in the vibrant landscapes of Krysteen Waszak.  As our featured artist during Women & Creativity, Waszak's bright, beautiful depictions of New Mexico will be on display throughout the month of March.

You can find out more about Krysteen Waszak on her website, or check out the excerpt from her bio below:

Krysteen brings to her oil painting the same free spirited use of color, design and joie de vivre that is her signature of a lifetime. She says, "I see New Mexico and my subjects as bright, full of life and exciting, and that is how I paint them. I am happy to be out in the open spaces and mountains, observing and working to capture the landscape, changing light, clouds, and all manner of subjects.. I love how people live here in New Mexico, and I understand why they live here, it's beautiful. Her work has been described as vibrant and uplifting. People are captivated and often exclaim "These are happy" or "They just make me smile."

We hope you'll come by and check out her wonderful work!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 11:24

Women and Creativity Month

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March is here, which means it's once again time for Women and Creativity. Sponsored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Harwood, Women & Creativity is a month-long celebration and women and art, with events, performances, and workshops happening all over town. Both Farm & Table and our sister story La Parada are proudly participating. Check out some of the events we will be hosting and artists we will be featuring below!

Also, remember, the events at Farm & Table and La Parada or only a fraction of the great Women & Creativity activities happening all over the city this month. For more information and a complete schedule, you can visit http://www.womenandcreativity.org.

 

Farm & Table

Artist Showcase: Krysteen Waszak
March 1-31
View one-of-a-kind work during regular business hours

Creative Sound Circle with Aimee Conlee
Sunday, March 3, 2 - 3:30 pm
Aimee Conlee, certified in Sound, Voice and Music Healing, leads this workshop to gently guide our sound from the inside out. Fee: $10

Wine & Cheese 101: Taste, pair and explore!
Sunday, March 17, 1-3pm
Farm & Table's wine expert, Amy Haas and Executive Chef Jaye Wilkinson, introduce wines and artisanal cheeses and guide you through an exploration of pairings. Come have some fun tasting and learning! Space is limited, please RSVP.  Fee: $20.

Gratitude: Find it. Create it.
Saturday, March 23, 10 am – noon
With Antonia Montoya. Pay what you want!

 

La Parada

Artist Showcase: Lisa Donald & Katie Leese
March 1-31
Featuring unique jewelry and paintings during regular business hours.

Retablo Making with Felicia Montoya
Saturday, March 16, 2-4pm
No cost, but donations for supplies accepted.

Passover Storytelling for Children with Fran Black
Saturday, March 30, 10 am
Fran sits down as her Eastern European Jewish Grandmother, accent and all, to tell a children's Passover story with props and a Passover treat to eat. Free.