Outstanding in the Field: Everett Family Farm

Like many, I love summer. I loved it as a kid (camping, no school, long days) and I love it now (camping, no school, long days)! The main difference is that time seems to fly by and before I can blink; June is a far distant memory with August in full view.

Each year the past three years I’ve attended one event from the roster of Outstanding in the Field events (OITF) to fill my “summer activity passport” and which serves to remind me “what I did last summer”.  This year I selected a dinner at the Everett Family Farm in Soquel.

I will say that this was one of my favorites to date for many reasons.   Obviously, the farm is chock full of lovingly tended crops but in addition, the structures are beautifully maintained with amazing attention to detail (I noticed the carefully crafted wood doors immediately).  That detail carried over to the dinner table setting – the “baseball field” – and the food itself.


The dinner was cooked by Santos Majano of Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar in Santa Cruz and the lineup included pulled pork mini-sliders, fresh greens with salty, piquant feta, a delectable duck with potatoes and rock cod with quick pickles and farro.  But the dessert capped it all:  goat cheese panna cotta with berries and a touch of super sweet honey.  I really wanted to snap a picture but the dish was gone before I could even half-heartedly gesture for my camera.

As with many memories, this one is now past and I’m thinking about that Yosemite camping trip in August (I know, sigh..what a life I lead!)  If only I could bottle the season to hold onto before it slips from my tenuous grasp.  Soon enough it will be time for pumpkins and all the fine visions of fall.  Until then…I plan to savor the delights of summer and the feeling of youthful freedom most abundant this time of year.

Wooden sign that reads FARM STAND OPEN.
The honor system;  stop by the farm for just-picked produce and fresh eggs.  You tally the final cost, drop the money in the lockbox and go on your merry way!
Red lettuce growing in small planters.
Destined for a great salad somewhere.

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Lisa

I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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