Emily Kohlhas, Farmstand Staffer
Being a part of the Reading Terminal Market during the holiday season is a wild experience. The past two months have been a wonderful whirlwind of turkeys, pot roasts, cheese plates, gift baskets, mulled cider, egg nog...rum.
But this past weekend, as the mummery dust finally settled at our feet, the Fair Food family quietly closed the Farmstand doors, travelled across town, and converged upon the house of Executive Director Ann Karlen for a well-deserved evening of carefree post-holiday merry making.
As you may imagine, our little group is quite good when it comes to food - so our spread was, if I do say so myself, an enviable one. We started out with an all-star selection of cheeses from our friends at Di Bruno Bros. served with their famous Black Lava Cashews and a tangy, sweet membrillo made from Beechwood Orchard quince. Farmstand Manager Anne whipped up a cheese ball for the ages. Studded with Taproot Farm heirloom garlic and Obis One black garlic, then coated in crushed pecans and chives, Anne's magical ball-o-cheese was the sleeper hit of the evening.
For dinner we let loose on some harissa-rubbed Stryker Farm goat leg lovingly braised by Product Manager Alex while - perhaps ironically - enjoying some roasted heirloom bronze turkey from Koch's (how Managing Director Vikram had it in him to face another turkey is beyond us - but we're certainly happy he did!). Just to make sure we covered all the bases, the hostess with the mostess, Ann, threw in some barbecued Stryker Farm spare ribs and a Farmstand salad featuring our electric watermelon radishes and striking purple carrots.
After a little bit of drinking (thanks to our wonderful partners in crime Victory and Yard's) and a lotta bit of dancing (thanks due there to Alex for the smashing playlist...LCD Soundsystem + Lauren Hill + Simon and Garfunkel = happy Fair Fooders), we descended upon dessert. Yes, more food.
I thought I didn't have a sweet tooth, but Ann's dreamy carrot cake and board member Lindsey's fluffy, buoyant gluten free bread pudding said otherwise. Needless to say, I rolled home happy.
We here at Fair Food are truly lucky in an almost silly number of ways. We're surrounded by some of the most fertile land, innovative farmers, and talented food artisans in the country. We have a group of supporters and customers whom we love dearly. And we have co-workers that we actually want to spend time with after work. The people are warm, the conversation great, and the food even better!
(Our apologies for the blurry photos - just use your imagination!)