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Winter Menus


Early winter is dark with days at their shortest. As the new year starts, the day lengthen again—finally! In the Virginia Piedmont, many of our winter days are wonderfully clear and crisp but sometimes very cold. Other days bring in rain, frigid mists and the occasional snow fall or ice storm—and a longing for the hearty dishes of the winter kitchen. This is the time of warming soups, slow-braised meat, the judicial use of spices. While some growers—too few! -  are experimenting with growing vegetables in polytunnels, many of the staples of the winter kitchen are indeed hardy greens, root-crops, dried fruit and other stored fruit and vegetables. Local eggs, dairy, meat and poultry continue to be readily available. As late winter merge into spring again though, more fresh local greens become available: arugula, sorrel, landcress and mustard pungent taste are welcomed.

Below are but a few examples of our winter menus.



Winter 3-I

Leek and Butternut Squash Soup


Citrus-Glazed Rack of Lamb

Winter Couscous

Braised Swiss Chard


Upside Down Apple & Cranberry Cake



Winter 3-II

Winter Green Salad with Toasted Pumpkins Seeds


Chicken Fricassée with Mushroom

Buttered & Parsleyed Noodles





Winter 3-III

Cream of Celeri & Sunchoke Soup


Lemon Chicken with a Butter Caper Sauce

Braised Carrots

Lemon Rice


Cranberry Sorbet

with Very Chocolaty Brownie





Winter 5-I


Cumin Scented Carrot Soup


Fall Mesclun Salad


Sage, Butternut & Mushroom Lasagna


Cheese Platter

Homemade Bread


Upside Down Caramelized Pear Tart

with Home-made Ginger Ice Cream




Winter 5-II

Beet, Walnut & Mache Salad


Cream of Cauliflower Soup


Roasted Duck with Olives

Braised Turnips


Winter Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette


Chocolate Mousse



Winter 5-III

Mushroom & Spinach Soup


Winter Green Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette


Shrimp in a Acorn Squash Boat

with Orange Braised Red Onion


Cheese & Fruit Platter

Homemade Bread


Roasted Banana Split Sundae




Mussels in Fennel Broth


Winter Mesclun Salad


Rabbit with Cream Mustard Sauce


Sautéed Mushroom


Cheese Platter with Fruit & Preserves

Homemade Bread


Pear Almond Tart



Winter 5-V

Roasted Curried Pear Butternut Squash Soup


Savory Puff Pastry Bites


Field Salad with Toasted Pecans


Provencal-style Leg of Lamb Roast

White Bean Gratin

Braised Rosemary Carrots


Cranberry Parfaits



Those are only samples from our extensive offering. Contact us to discuss your needs and wants.