It all begins on a farm. The concept of farm to table might not be a new one, but the delicious availability of fresh food will never get old. Providing fresh food in a time of convenience provides a chance for people to get back in touch with its origins. I had the chance to tour local farms and learn about the unique way farmers are giving back to the community, along with the partnership they have with The Resort at Port Ludlow. The experience opened my mind to the availability of natural resources that may have been lost in the last few decades. On the Olympic Peninsula, planting season has begun on all of the local farms. Surrounded by the beautiful Puget Sound waters and gorgeous mountain views, these farms are at the center of it all. The proximity to these farms to the Resort at Port Ludlow offers the perfect opportunity for Chef Dan and his team to offer farm to table dishes that will nourish your body.
Farms such as Finn River, Red Dog, SpringRain, Nash’s, and Mystery Bay all provide fresh, organic produce along with ethically grown meat, cheese, and eggs. These farmers provide tedious, labor-intensive work with a side of pride that exhibits in the plate you will receive at The Fireside restaurant. Our chefs are excited to bring the farm to table concept to your plate as they venture out every weekend to scout for the most available and abundant resources to make your meal. Once they arrive back at the kitchen a very carefully but artistically recipe is drafted that will make your mouth water.
At one of the recent Farm Suppers at the Fireside, a combination of produce and cheese from a variety of farms made up one of our most popular salads, The Finnriver Farm Beet Salad, which consists of fresh beets, beautiful microgreens, and goat cheese. Also for supper that night, fresh off the boat Neah Bay salmon accompanied this salad with a nettle pesto, and farm braised chard. Is your mouth watering yet? If not, come venture out and tour these farms to pick your own produce. The Inn at Port Ludlow offers a farm tour package that allows you to collect your own ingredients making a meal designed by our team of chefs just for you. Now that is a true farm to table experience! On your tour, you might catch a glimpse of the hardworking farming staff, and pick up a bottle of Finnriver hard cider to enjoy with your meal or meet some new friends while you enjoy your dinner. The Chimacum Valley is a beautiful, unique valley, filled with lovely surprises around every corner.