On a number of pages on our website we've talked about the farm-fresh ingredients we use whenever possible. Recently local farmers Troll and Joelle brought us a basket of goodies that was so beautiful, we had to take a picture. In fact, it actually looks fake in this picture but, take it from our taste buds, these fruits and veggies were very real. And delicious.
Troll and Joelle operate a farm called Les Jardins du Bateau which means the boat garden. They both speak French, what with Joelle being a native of Belgium, so the name fits. The garden is five acres in a flood plane so it's completely submerged for a very short time of year but grows glorious produce the rest of the year.
Essentially, our arrangement with them is that they just bring whatever they grow and we figure out how to incorporate that into what we serve here. It's always organic and Joelle even keeps her own seeds so no GMOs here.
These aren't the only farmers we work with, either. We love the fabulous red strawberries from Saecho farms, a family-run business. Seely's farm stand is a great source of what's local as well. Our honey comes from Dollar Mountain Apiaries in Lower Lake.
There are also great farmer's markets around the Lake where you can chat with the farmers themselves and get the inside track on what's now and what's coming soon.
Furthermore, we're a drop-off point for the Lake County Community Co-Op and Peggy's on the board of the Co-Op. This marvelous organization pools local farmers together and then arranges for weekly drop-offs of fresh, locally-grown and organic items from Lake County. Furthermore, we get dairy-fresh cheeses and butter as well as locally-baked breads from this co-op.
Sure, life in a rural county is different than it was when we lived in Southern California where everything came in a cellophane package, but we've learned to adapt to farm-fresh foods. In fact, we've discovered that tomatoes and strawberries actually aren't white inside, but are red. Well, except for the yellow tomatoes, they're genuinely yellow inside. Incredible.
Lest you think we've forgotten our egg-ceptional egg farmers, we reserved a spot in this blog post for them as well. Denise and Loretta have a whole bunch of chickens on their walnut orchard who produce the most rich, wonderful eggs. Loretta shows-up on Thursdays with baskets of these wonderful eggs and they find their way to our guests. The chickens eat all the normal things free-range chickens eat plus some outstanding walnuts right from the orchard. In fact, they react quite excitedly if you step on a walnut - they know the it's time for a very special treat. Here's a video that we shot right on the Dancing Tree People Farm, where our walnuts and eggs come from. Enjoy.
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