The Farmer’s Table Café is a must-stop for vegan eating, found on south School Street in Fayetteville. Co-founders Rob and Adrienne Shaunfield have come miles in the two short years their doors have been open. Their mission of bringing locally sourced whole and healthy foods to the Fayetteville community has received a warm welcome. They pack in the customers with friendly service and delicious platters.
My friend Dolores and I lucked out and were able to sit alfresco, tolerating only the occasional siren or Harley which passed the dining terrace on this fine spring day.
Dolores ordered the A M Power Bowl, which promotes the humble bowl of cooked oatmeal to royalty. Spiked with red quinoa and slivered almonds, and presented with a ruff of apple crescents and a mound of dices strawberries, you can eat your fill and feel
|Doesn't she look virtuous?|
Good food never has the ingredient of guilt.
Not having had pancakes in quite a while, I was intrigued by the Sweet Potato Pancake. These were fluffy discs of rich orange batter topped with sugared pecans and complimented by a side of maple syrup. (To keep it vegan, just asks them to leave off the butter – and believe me, you’ll never miss it.)
I was allowed a side with this meal, and I know it sounds like an odd combination, but I wanted to try the sautéed local greens and veggies - kale, carrots, green beans and mushrooms sparkling in organic coconut oil, with just the right amount of salt and spices. I called that my lunch and had the sweet potato pancakes for dessert.
|Sweet Potato Pancakes with a side of sauteed greens -|
lunch is served - and so is dessert.
There was even one pancake left over for a home meal. I try to remember to bring my own to-go container when dining out, to keep the Styrofoam epidemic at bay, but in this case, I just asked for the pancake to be wrapped in tin foil. It made it home just fine and was already wrapped for warming in the oven.
Even with a companion ordering a second dish, I still couldn’t scratch the vegan surface of their menu. Several items on the dinner menu are specifically marked “Vegan”, which is beyond helpful and right up there with thrilling as far as I’m concerned. We are no longer foodie orphans!
My “next-time” options include The Garbanzo Burger, Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Wine Sauce and fresh veggies, the Moroccan Salad and Mediterranean Lettuce Cups (substitute maple dressing for the yogurt mint on these last two) as well as the Stuffed Sweet Potato. But keep in mind the menu for The Farmer’s Table Café is a moving target. They source locally and go with what’s seasonably available, so the menu changes often – which makes your dining experience spontaneous as well as scrumptious!
The Farmer’s Table Café
Open for Breakfast and Lunch, Tuesday-Sunday; Dinner Friday and Saturday. Closed Mondays
1079 S School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701