“This reminds me of my grandmother’s (Lena Dannenberg) house when the family would get together for holidays.”
But I am getting ahead of myself.
“The Farm Bistro’s mission is to consistently provide…customers with the highest quality food using as much locally sourced ingredients as possible in an environment that is fun and friendly….Farm-to-table is gaining in popularity across the country as people realize that agri-business on a big scale has many flaws. This farm-to-table restaurant, started in 2009, strives to use as much locally and organically grown food as possible and values the work of the grower” (sevenmeadowsfarm.com).
The bistro occupies a space that was once the post office from the early 1900’s through the early 1950’s and after which housed a variety of businesses. The side walls are beautiful rough stone with one wall off-set with large prints. The cashier told us that numerous customers have their photographs taken next to the majestic-looking chicken.
The opposite wall is decorated with a colored multi-paned window/mirror above which is a display of ceramic roosters.
The soup (shown here with Chuck’s) was a fairly fine puree of broccoli and medium sharp cheddar. It could have been a tad warmer but was still delicious. With the soup came one of the bistro’s house-made gluten-free blue corn muffins. Had the menu not said that these were gluten free, you never would have guessed.
I may have written here before that I am not normally fond of meat and fruit combinations. So I am not sure what possessed me to order the chicken salad made with chopped apple, dried cranberries, celery, and red onion. But I am certainly glad that I did.
Accompanying the chicken salad on the plate was a serving of mixed fresh greens and radish sprouts with a cup of house-made ranch dressing.
Chuck chose one of the day’s specials—the roast chicken panini with chorizo spread, peach aioli, goat cheese, and sautéed chard and onions. First notice the thick slices of roasted breast of chicken. No thin-sliced deli counter meat here.
So back to the start. Why did Farm Bistro remind Chuck of Lena’s house on holidays? It was the wonderful and homey mishmash of furniture like every table and chair got dragged from the attic to accommodate a very large family.
After resisting the urge to take home a pound package of Yak meat,
It was then that we noticed the array of photos tacked to the wall. It seems that a photographer came to the local Saturday Farmers Market and began photographing both vendors and customers alike.
Farm Bistro was a great 5.0 Addie spot for lunch and seems to have developed a following in the Four Corners area. For example, Faith W. at yelp.com writes: “I've lived in Durango for three years and the Farm is by far my favorite place to eat in SW CO. I actually drive to Cortez to eat here. Everything is good…Everyone is super friendly, and I love giving my money to a place that is so into providing me with good quality, locally grown food.”
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.