These days, you can get just about any type of food any time of the year (which certainly has its advantages), but there was once a time when people only ate what was fresh and in season. If your family is trying to return to the farm-to-table lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint, say hello to Everett’s new Farms & Market. This farm-based kitchen and café is where you can get a variety of seasonal, fresh, produce and prepared foods for take-out or dine in while helping connect producers and growers with consumers through innovative and sustainable market practices. Scroll down to learn more.
Farm Fresh Products & Goods
Located on Grand Ave. in downtown Everett, Farms & Market is an upscale farm-based café and marketplace which works directly with local farms to provide the freshest quality food around. “We connect producers, growers and consumers through innovative and sustainable market practices that energize and strengthen a diverse agricultural economy through a retail market location,” said a spokesperson for Farms & Market. The new shop offers a variety of regional foods, including produce, dairy products, seafood, meats, cheeses, bakery items and even wine and beer (many of which are of the gourmet variety). You’ll also find gourmet chocolates, gift items and plants. But what you won’t find here is anything that wasn’t made or grown locally.
Ready to Go Deli & Restaurant Options
The crown jewel at Farms & Market is the café which offers a variety of prepared salads, soups and sandwiches that are ready to be boxed up to take home or to be enjoyed as a fresh, farm-to-table dining experience. While the bulk of the menu will stay the same throughout the year, it will change seasonally, taking advantages of whatever foods are in season. During our recent visit, a staff member told us her favorite item on the menu is the Painted Hills Natural Burger made with grass-fed beef, sun-dried aioli, house-pickled red onions and mesclum on brioche bread. The burger is served with chips or a deli salad and for an extra fee can be topped with bacon jam and aged cheddar. “It tastes how a hamburger is supposed to taste like,” she tells us.
Other unique items on the menu include the Smoked Salmon Mac & Cheese (made with Havarti, mozzarella, feta, aged cheddar and Romano cheeses), the Cascadia Plowman’s Board (which comes with samples of salami, cheeses, cornichon, pork pate, bread, nuts, preserves, roasted garlic and dried cherries) and the Ferndale Farmstead Flatbread, which is a folded sandwich made with Ferndale provolone, parmesan, chicken, arugula, olive tapenade, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Kids will enjoy the Grilled Cheese Sammy, the Noodles, Butter & Parmesan Cheese dish or classic PB & J sandwich. Psst…coloring sheets are provided to keep the little guys and gals in your crew busy while they wait for their food.
But Wait. There’s More!
Located in the same building is the Choux Choux Bakery and coffee shop. While classically trained in French cuisine, owner and baker Rachel Schreffler has made it clear that she is more than just a French baker and “complains” that her ambition to open such a place was her mother’s fault. After years of coming home to smells of fresh-baked goods, the magic wore on her. “I simply desire to share that magical feeling I had,” Schreffler says.
Not surprisingly, one of Rachel’s staples is also a specialty. She make croissants daily that are huge, super flakey and delicious. Other French specialties include Madeleine cookies (which one employee told us she could not keep herself from eating), macarons in a variety of colors and flavors and biscotti. You’ll also find many other treats like ginger molasses and chocolate chip cookies that are as big as your head, cinnamon rolls, morning buns and variety of freshly made breads. If you happen to visit during lunchtime, Rachel also serves pizza, French onion soup (of course), Quiche Lorraine (with Gruyere and bacon), breakfast hand pies (eggs, ham or bacon, cheddar and onion in a flaky pastry) and a variety of sandwiches served on a freshly made demi-baguette.
Choux Choux also serves espresso, coffee and teas to accompany your bakery treats. Music lovers will appreciate the wall of record albums and stereo available to play while they dine. The bakery is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Room to Grow
Having recently just opened, Farms & Market has room to grow and we suspect will be bustling by the summer months. Farms & Market is open every day from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and the café is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Farms & Market
2900 Grand Ave.
Everett, Wa 98201
Choux Choux Bakery
2900 Grand Ave.
Everett, Wa 98201
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—Jeffrey Totey (all photos courtesy of the writer)