Sunday Brunch on the Farm
NOTE: Greentree Naturals Is No Longer Offering Sunday Brunches
It is with long deliberation and many conversations with Chef Sora and my husband Thom that we have decided not to have Sunday Brunch on the Farm this summer. We really enjoyed sharing this incredible experience our community. What it comes down to is simply, with the brunches happening every other Sunday, we were only allowing ourselves one day off a month during the summer months. The burn out factor was too great to endure another year of working this much.
The response we received from the community was fabulous, and for this, we are truly sorry that we are unable to continue with this affair. I believe that having events like this is so important for getting the word out to our community about the importance of supporting local farmers. We will continue to have farm tours and special events at Greentree Naturals for years to come, but will shift gears and look at doing something that is not so labor intensive. We want to thank the 258 guests of the brunch for joining us and sharing the bounty of our gardens during the 2004 and 2005 summer season. Be sure to visit our ‘What’s Happening on the Farm’ page for seasonal on-farm events!
We have decided to leave the archive of this wonderful event here for other farmers across the country to get some ideas of things they can do to diversify their operation. We have found that hosting on-farm community events has been an asset to Greentree Naturals sustainability. The rewards for having these kinds of activities are remarkable. With a small farm operation such as ours, we simply can not afford to hire employees, haven’t figured out a way to clone ourselves, and refuse to have on-farm events unless we can make it the best that we have to offer. We may return to hosting Sunday Brunch on the Farm at some date in the near future. We will keep you apprised of our plans for this event.
Information about 2004 and 2005 Brunches
Diane Green and culinary artist, Sora Huff came together for a truly collaborative event in a unique and peaceful farm setting. Food at Greentree Naturals is always fresh from the gardens and exceptional!
Each event presented a tour of the farm, a delectable brunch based on the freshest produce from our gardens, and an unforgettable experience of the spirit and the abundance of the bountiful gardens at Greentree Naturals
A little history......
Sora Huff started baking bread at her grandmother's side at the age of three. Cooking has remained a passion ever since. She certified as Chef through the Apprenticeship program of the American Culinary Federation in the 70's when few women were found in the professional kitchens. She spent six years cooking in world class restaurants in Aspen, Colorado. Relocating to the Pacific NW, she designed and developed an Organic kitchen and vocational cooking program for Rocky Mountain Academy, which included an acre organic garden and training in food preservation.
Sora was chef at the Hawkins House in Bonners Ferry and helped design and develop the kitchen at the Kootenai River Inn. She is currently a Market Farmer and Co-manager of the Boundary County Farmers Market where she distributes Paradise Valley Organics, her line of organic baked goods and farm products.
Diane and Sora have been dear friends for long enough to consider each other a part of the family. We came up with the idea of creating a Sunday Brunch on the farm because we wanted to share the experience of fresh food with others. This was really the only day that we could manage this event around everything else that we have on-going. We are a working farm, so adding this event was not exactly easy to schedule around harvesting, farmers markets, workshops and deliveries. Simply, Sunday was the only day we had free to do something else!
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For a review of 2004 Sunday Brunch written by former food editor of the Spokesman Review Newspaper, please visit News Stories and Press on our website!
Letter from 2004 Brunch Attendees
Here is the text from a wonderful letter Paul and Alice Blume wrote to us after attending our very first Brunch of the 2004 season.
Dear Diane, Thom, Sora & Linsay too,
Thank you again for an unforgettable Experience we shall treasure forever–(and especially thank you again for accommodating Paul’s allergy needs.) Your thoughtfulness as well as your inspirational tour & of course delectable Brunch was so special for us. We will aspire to follow your teachings. Your charismatic personality has already made a strong impact on our life-style. We would LOVE to have Sora’s ‘spinach spanokopita recipe–(Does she have a cookbook in print?)-We also would love to have the opportunity to buy a garlic braid or two. Perhaps you could let us know when and how to acquire one when the season is in. Thanks again,
Very fondly, Alice & Paul Blume
Paul & Alice Blume.
Apprentice helpers Linsay and Alicia
Dining on the deck overlooking the gardens.
Garden tour after brunch