Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Big Table Farm Dinners !!

We are offering a few Big Table Farm Meals
we’d love to share the bounty of Big Table Farm with you.

Featuring "Joleen the pig" who was raised here on Big Table Farm
we will be smoking a ham for this dinner

The Dinner Menu will be finalized when Brian finishes daydreaming about what he will prepare for you. Final menu will be decided about a week before the event. Dinner will include appetizers followed by a four-course meal with wine pairings chosen by Brian. To whet your appetite, we can tell you that the meal will most likely include things like local cheeses, house-made prosciutto and fruit, a pasta course of handmade ravioli, a main course including meat raised and slaughtered here on Big Table Farm, local seasonal greens, and perhaps a seasonal tart made by Clare. These meals are primarily sourced from Big Table Farm and augmented by other farmer friends who raise food the way we do.

Guests who would like a farm tour are asked to arrive at 5:00pm -
this will be followed by dinner at about 6:30pm

Limited to 10 people
Please RSVP by e-mail to clare

Save the Date!!

the next Dinner is

August 22, 2009 – Big Table Farm Dinner

The garden will be really crankin' by this dinner!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Big Table Syrah is being poured at another big table

Big Table Farm has been invited to pair our Syrah with Chef Jason French and Ben Meyer of Ned Ludd for a fabulous event July 11th!!! Jason and Ben will be guest chefs for this meal at Ford Farm. To make your reservation at the table, please visit the Outstanding in the Field website.

Outstanding in the Field is the wildly successful roving culinary adventure that travels North America during the harvest season. The experience begins with a tour of the location - typically a local farm - then guests join farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and share the seasonally fresh meal set at a long table. The table is located outdoors at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the it is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table. Ingredients for the meal are almost all local and most come from the host farm. Meals are generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


We FINALLY cut into our first of two porscuitto's yesterday!! and oh man it was so worth the wait!!! We will be doing the "farm dinners" this summer so you can count on this beautiful meat making into a salad or appetizer or something special!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Big PIg Day

Today I am grateful to Mrs. Bacon , Joleen and Honey who had there last day today - All went perfectly - clean and fast ... Thanks to those who support this endeavor by putting these fine girls on their tables! Human, good, clean, fair food ... It's worth it!

We finished with an impromptu lunch of a farm omelet, sorrel and other yummies out of the garden, our eggs and Marty's prosciutto from last years pig! Thanks for sharing Matt - Maggie also joined us at the end when she came to pick up her half! Great to see you Maggie! And this is Richard enjoying the cows when he and Charleen came to fetch the other half of honey!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Big Thanks!

Thanks to all the art and wine lovers that came to the event on Saturday - we enjoyed meeting you and special thanks to those that took home my art and brian's wine!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This Saturday!!!

In bigger and brighter news!!

This Saturday at Bella Casa in Mcminnville on 3rd Street - Big Table Farm wine and my paintings will be joining forces!! so come out and enjoy both! It's part of and art and wine event in Downtown McMinnville!! 5- 8pm

ps - thanks for your kind words - we are getting back in the swing and family stuff is settling out a bit - in the mean time I've been painting like a mad woman!! nothing like a deadline!!

here's a taste of the art to tempt you!! (as you can see I'm still on the farm theme!!)

Monday, June 15, 2009

somtimes I can't do it all

there has been a slight lack of posts of late due to a bunch of foreseen and unforeseen factors... my family all came into town starting 6/3/09 untill 6/12/09 to celebrate my brothers ordination! it was amazing to see everyone and overwhelming too! during the visit my mother in law went through some trouble and needed hospitalization and extra care and my sisters house burned down (she and her family are all safe but lost everything) so needless to say it has been a busy couple weeks .. in the mean time the animals still needed daily everything (thanks Julia for picking up the slack for us) and my design and paintings sat waiting on my desk!! yipes... so I'm hoping to dig out this week so if it ever looks like I'm doing SOOO much sometimes aka TOOO much you are right!... sometimes it all just freggin falls apart so I'm only human and when this happens it feels like I can't do any of it ... ahh well ... things will get back to the middle soon and then more farmy news and photos when I get back on my feet! and maybe someday I'll learn to take smaller bites and try chewing once in a while!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

John Deere Ad

Our Place looks like a John Deer ad these days... I've been a little lacking on the posts we've been knee deep in a really busy spring !

big deere did our discing and subsoiling

classic deere did our seeding

go anywhere deere did the tilling

and very handy deere hauled our compost!

and of course non of it would have worked with out my dear!

now that's a garden!! : ) be careful what you wish for!!!

We got our back field cleared of trees (which was no small task) diced, subsoiled and seeded with 4 acres of trefoil (lotus) - it's a legume like alfalfa : ) we are very excited now just waiting for some rain!!!

the newly planted back field!

Brian also got he garden plot are finished up tilled and the compost pile added in!! I did a lot of the compost digging so don't let this photo fool you into thinking brian does all the work around here .. : ) we got the garden all planted (ok there's always more to do) but mostly in and growing now!! yippie!! thanks soo much to our good friends at Gales Meadow for all the starts!!!

and as if we needed more fowl we got 75 more baby chicks!! so this puts us up to about 200 (total) laying birds and about 60 meat birds on the farm right now!! yikes that's too many we will be culling about 85 layers in a couple months so let me know if you think you may want some hens for your fall/winter soups and slow cookers!

I had to do another shot of poor clemintine! she's just so damn cute and long suffering! : )

here's my crazy garden list of what's IN so far!! in case you want to come to my house for dinner this july! : )

Artichoke, Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Chives, Cima di Rapa, Corn, Cucumber, Dill, Eggplant, Fennel, Garbanzos, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Lovage, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Melons (honey, water, cantaloupe), Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Shallots, Sorrel, Spigariello, Squash, Sunflower, Thyme,Tomato, Tomato, Zinnias (ok not a veggie but my favorite flower!)

my super cute mom in my GIANT chicken poop lovin' poppies