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malwayshungry Jun 27, 2007 07:31 AM

Hi all!

I'm looking for fantastic farms or very small restaurants where you can eat outdoors and where the food is all straight from the source. Thinking along the line of Toronto's Eigensinn Farms and the roving Outstanding in the Field dinner parties. Would love any suggestions (any region!).

Thank you!

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    Nettie Jun 27, 2007 10:31 AM

    Plate and Pitchfork in Portland, OR, sounds very similar to Outstanding in the Field: http://www.plateandpitchfork.com. I think the vegetables are from the farms, but not necessarily the meats.

    1. chowser Jun 27, 2007 05:04 PM

      Does everything have to be from the farm? I'm not familiar with your suggestions, but I love Patowmack Farm in northern VA where most of the vegetables come from the farm but the meat does not (sustainable, though, and a lot of it is from local farms). You can eat outdoors or in a glass conservatory overlooking mountains/hills.

      http://www.patowmackfarm.com/

      I also like One Block West in western Virginia. It gets all its food from local vendors.

      http://www.obwrestaurant.com/

      1. toodie jane Jun 28, 2007 10:42 AM

        Here is the website for Outstanding in The Field:
        http://www.outstandinginthefield.com/events.html.

        and a SF Bay Area blogger who is in the know about Northern and Central California. May be links that are useful to other parts of the country, too.
        http://smallfarms.typepad.com/small_farms/2006/07/to_die_for_outs.html

        this may be of some help as well:
        http://www.localharvest.org/buylocal.jsp

        1. John Manzo Jun 28, 2007 11:16 AM

          PaSu farm in Carstairs, about an hour NW of Calgary, has an on-site resto, but it doesn't sound like Eigensinn- seats 100 and the website is a little silly. Still, it has a decent reputation: www.pasu.com

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            edibleTO Jun 30, 2007 06:10 PM

            malwayshungry, I don't know whether you live in Ontario, but another restaurant to try is Treadwell's in Port Dalhousie, which serves farm-to-table cuisine sourced from a variety of farms and artisans. I haven't been there yet, but the reviews have been excellent.

            www.treadwellcuisine.com

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              Chef D Quizzing Jul 2, 2007 08:11 PM

              For a unique experience of eating at an oyster farm in a National Park and Seashore, go to the Drakes Bay Oyster Farms in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, about 30 miles north of San Francisco. You can buy and eat oysters in sight of where they are being harvested. So cool.

              http://www.drakesbayoyster.com/

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                chowser Jul 3, 2007 06:39 AM

                This sounds great and I'm making a trip out that way, soon. Is it a restaurant, though? It says you can eat the oysters right there but can you get other food, too? Thanks!

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                  malwayshungry Jul 5, 2007 12:33 PM

                  thank you for all these suggestions!

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