Farm’s Reach Café opened several years ago, the realization of dreams held by a young, local entrepreneurial couple. April and Jesse Ryan wanted to create a farm to table café experience that would showcase their cooking and baking talents while using the abundant local bounty from the farms that are the heart of this beautiful and fertile pastoral part of Jefferson County. They succeeded, and Farm’s Reach Café has become a popular gathering hub for locals and visitors to enjoy fresh local organic produce, tantalizing baked goods and delicious freshly roasted coffee.
Following a brief change in ownership, Jesse and April returned to the helm and brought the spirit and integrity of the café back to life, winning an unprecedented six categories in The Leader’s Best of Awards for 2013. Farm’s Reach Cafe earned first place in the Best Dessert, Best Healthy/Organic/Local, Best Pie, Best Sandwich, Best Service and Best Soup categories. The cafe tied with Mean Bean Coffee Co. for first place in Best Coffee.
Now let’s talk food and bacon. Farm’s Reach Café’s menu features favorites like biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, traditional breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches, along with a selection of freshly made sandwiches and wraps, grilled Panini, soups and quiche de jour—just to name a few of the choices. As for the baked goods department, let me just make your mouth water with a sample of the offerings that have an especially appealing bent for me: bear paws and maple bacon turnovers. (Maple and bacon together! Am I in doggie dining heaven or what?) An assortment of in-house made pies, cakes and cookies will have you coming back repeatedly so that you can try everything.
My uprights have dined at Farm’s Reach Café a few times, and it was on a perfect sunny Sunday morning that my dads decided to see if I could finally get to experience the place for myself. In response to their inquiry about whether I was welcome on the patio, my dads were told “Absolutely!” Once I was settled comfortably in my chair, my dads took turns to go inside and view all the enticing offerings on display and to check out the daily menu items on the boards, which list breakfast selections, soup, quiche de jour, daily pie specials, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and more. Those items and ingredients not grown on site are supplied by Red Dog Farm, Dharma Ridge Farm, Short’s Family Farm, Pan d’Amore, Stumpton Coffee Roasters, SpringRain Farm & Orchard and Dragonfly Chai.
Farm’s Reach Café has counter service so you order and pay for your items, which are then brought to your table. Certain beverages, tableware and condiments are located at self-serve stations in the café. Bussing your own tables is encouraged; this helps keep the cost of the food affordable for a broader range of diners and adds to one’s feeling like a part of the place.
While our order was being prepared we bathed in an outdoor ambiance created by the fresh flowers from the café’s garden that graced our table, live music, the fluttering of newspaper pages being turned, birds chirping, neighboring conversations and interesting smells. (Is that bacon I smell?) Soon a smiling young lady approached and set down our plates and, yes, there it was—a side of bacon. The Rueben sandwich was accompanied by a side salad of farm fresh greens, edible flowers, candied pecans, dried cranberries, crumbled local Mystery Boy goat cheese and a house-made balsamic vinaigrette. Next a plate with fluffy scrambled eggs, potatoes, toast and (yes!) more bacon was placed in front of my other dad.
In previous visits my dads have enjoyed the ham and brie Panini; the quiche; a ham, cheese and egg breakfast sandwich; and a couple of desserts. (But I’m not supposed to talk of that—the permanent diet thing I suspect.) As with the other visits, my dads were delighted with their meals. And the bacon is delicious! Fur pawed visitors also get a special complimentary treat, and it, too, is pawlicious.
After recently welcoming a son, Kai, to their family, Jessie and April decided to devote more of their time to raising their newborn. They handed over the reins of the café to longtime friends and employees Arianna Abramczyk and “BG” William Patterson, who are eager to grow and expand the offerings and services of the café. They will soon be introducing a larger range of gluten-free items, including breakfast breads, muffins, biscotti, pies and cakes.
Ari and BG are bringing their creative passion, enthusiasm and energy to the development and growth of not only the café but also the Big Squeeze Juice Bar located in the adjacent building. Future plans include developing and increasing outside catering along with increasing the to-go service.
With the green thumbs of resident gardeners Chas Hillyard and Eric Black, they are expanding the garden so they can grow more ingredients. They also intend to expand the inside and outdoor patio seating where we flat-pawed guests can share in the joyful experience of nature’s bounty, grown locally and used to create delicious and nutritious taste sensations.
Farm’s Reach Cafe is a Y-Generation business where the love of the land, hard work, patience, appreciation for the environment (the café even uses compostable products) and nurturing a sense of community come in delicious morsels, lovingly prepared by a group of young people who enjoy what they are doing and love that you do too. Locals make up 70% of the customer base, and they and the staff know each other by name.
Farm’s Reach Café, which offers free Wi-Fi, is open seven days a week, 7am to 3pm in the Spring & Summer and 7am to 2pm in the Fall & Winter. It is located at 8972 Beaver Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325. Telephone: (360)732-4200. Cash and Credit Cards accepted.