Chef’s Table – Smolak Farmhouse Valentine Supper
February 14, 2018
Join us on Valentine’s Night at 7 pm and enjoy chef Michelle Jones’ three course gourmet dinner.
Tickets are available online or at our farm stand for $47.95 per person.
This is a BYOB event.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to specify your choice for each course.
Winter Waldorf Salad
Shaved fennel, poached pear, butter lettuce, maple pecans & crème fraiche
Maine Lobster Bisque
Homemade Old Bay Cheddar Crackers
Red Wine Braised Beef Shortrib
Parsnip risotto, broccolini & horseradish gremolata
Slow Roasted Airline Chicken Breast
Cauliflower Yukon potato puree, wilted spinach & roasted garlic pan jus
Flourless Chocolate Torte & Berry Mascarpone
“Kitchen Sink”Hot Fudge Sundae
Meet Michelle – Smolak Farms’ Farm Chef
My name is Michelle Jones and I am pleased to announce that I will be preparing rustic “farm-style” supper entrees, sides and soups to-go from scratch in the farmstand bakery kitchen.
I have been steadily working in the restaurant and catering industry for 27 years starting out in Seattle, WA, and Jackson, WY. My journeys have landed me here in the beautiful Merrimack Valley.
I have been passionate about cooking and being in the kitchen since I was a young child learning beside both my Korean and Jersey Italian(!) grandmother’s sides.
I have worked as a chef de cuisine, caterer, personal chef and juice bar manager/chef at a health club, as well as event chef at a music museum in Seattle. More recently I was a pastry and sous chef at Tryst in Arlington, MA and Summer Shack in Cambridge and Hingham.
My mantra has always been “Food is Love”. I hope I can make some, if not many, bellies “happy” this season during the cold months and up-coming (soon I hope!) warmer weather, as well!
My focus will be healthy comfort foods using seasonal produce, less oils/fats, more greens and leaner proteins for hot entrees, soups and more vegan/vegetarian options. I myself am trying to eat a more plant-based diet.
I will be testing out some healthier crackers and whole grain breads -to accompany the small batch soups from scratch of course! I will also add some updated versions of good old-fashioned bakery favorites…. a little butter and chocolate here and there never hurts…
So I hope that you can taste the love I put into my cooking, and of course ,I will offer tasty bites and samples.
If you hear crazy laughter, I am probably in the kitchen and I am more than happy to chat.
All The Best,
WeddingWire 2018 Couples’ Choice Awards® Winner
We are excited to announce we are a WeddingWire 2018 Couples’ Choice Awards® Winner!
Smolak Farms represent the top 5% of wedding professionals on WeddingWire.
The Couples’ Choice Awards® honors the exemplary work we’ve done over the past year and the highly regarded reputation we’ve established with your clients.
Are you interested in having your wedding, social event or corporate outing at Smolak Farms? Contact our Events Director, Ashley Piazza at email@example.com or at 978. 697.1723.
January 9: A Message from Michael Smolak
I am especially proud of Ashley Piazza, our Wedding and Events Director, for her fine efforts in bringing this program for Smolak Farms to a very high level.
She has been acknowledged for making the Smolak Farms venue “Simply The Best” for the most important event of a lifetime.
We are also featured in the Northsore Magazine January/February Wedding issue. We have been honored to host countless weddings and events over the years and we look forward to a busy 2018 season!
January 4: A Message from Michael Smolak
Happy New Year to everyone!
We are very excited about 2018 and have many things we are working on. We encourage you to let us know what you might like to see here at the farm.
Today, Thursday (1/4) we are closed due to the weather, but expect to be open as normal tomorrow.
We want to encourage people to come out to the farm and snow shoe and cross country ski now that we are getting a good base of snow.
After being in the snow, come warm up in the farm stand with a coffee or hot chocolate paired with a a breakfast sandwich or made from scratch bakery item.
Stick around and have a cup of Michelle’s homemade soup and a delicious sandwich.
We are working on a trail system that will be two miles in length that will begin with on the farm and connect with adjoining trails systems.
During the winter, these can be used for skiing or snow shoeing. For the rest of the year, they will be used for hiking, cross country running, our education programs.
There will be informational signs along the way, and we targeting these to be done sometime during the latter part of the year.
Our winter hours are from 7 am – 5 pm every day of the week!
Stay warm and safe!
Hot Cocoa Bar
Join us every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon from 1 pm – 4 pm for our Hot Cocoa Bar!
Warm up with milk hot chocolate topped with your choice of whipped cream, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint, chocolate chips, and more!
Price is $3.99 per person.
You can see our upcoming ‘Hot Cocoa Bar’ Events here.
Make Your Own Sundae Events
Stop in every Friday and Sunday between 1 pm -4 pm for our famous ‘Make Your Own Sundae’ event.
Featuring Gifford’s of Maine ice cream and frozen yogurt, top your sundae with unlimited toppings for just $5.99 per person!
Join us for our first ‘Make Your Own Sundae’ Event of 2018 on Friday, January 6 from 1 pm – 4 pm.
You can see our upcoming ‘Make Your Own Sundae’ Events here.
$5 Winter Drop In and Craft Events
Our $5 Winter Drop-in Craft events are a great way to get out of the house this winter!
Starting January 3rd, join us every Wednesday from 10 am – 11 am as we read a Children’s book followed by a fun craft.
Our first Drop-In and Craft event for 2018 will feature one of the famous Aesop Fables ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ and our craft will be making fun marshmallow ants!
Make sure you follow our Facebook page to learn about our weekly $5 Winter Drop In and Craft Event!
Stock up on Christmas decor with 50% off selected Christmas items.
Christmas candles and soaps are 25% off all this week!
Come on in and browse our extensive selection before it’s gone! We are open daily from 7am – 5 pm.
*some exclusions apply
December 25: A Message from Michael Smolak
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a belated Happy Hannukah.
At this time of the year, farmers become very reflective. We look back at the past year
with all its highs and lows; all its successes; and the work we still have left to do with a future look forward that is shining as brightly as ever.
We remember those who have passed and who have left a wonderful legacy to us and the community.
We are so very grateful for our family, friends (old and new), very hard workers, neighbors and very loyal customers.
Now we set our sights on 2018 and we can’t wait for you to see the new things we are planning.
Smolak Farms is like a chameleon, ever changing and hopefully improving.
December 15: A Message from Michael Smolak
As Winter quickly approaches – and I believe it is already here – our thoughts turn to next year.
We met with Ken Fine,a sales rep from Johnny’s Seeds in Albion Maine, and we looked at a variety of vegetables for the coming year for our CSA.
We saw some great new additions that we will be adding to our CSA for 2018. I think my favorite was the spotted potato.
Tina will be showing you what new things we will be adding. We also will be offering some of these products to our customers at the farm stand.
Stay tuned and remember before the Spring always follows Winter.
Holiday 2017 Hours
Christmas Eve (Sunday): 7 am – 12 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Day after Christmas (Tuesday): 7 am – 5 pm
New Years Eve (Sunday): 7 am – 1:00 pm
New Years Day (Monday): Closed
January 2 (Tuesday): 7 am – 5 pm
October 25: A Message from Michael Smolak
Halloween is around the corner and the apple season is winding down.
Apple crops are cyclical, meaning one year is heavy and the next year lighter.
We had a very heavy crop last year and most of New England had a light crop last year.
This year our crop was very good – but lighter. That means, if we are lucky, our crop should be heavy next year.
Now we are on to Thanksgiving and Christmas – and boy have we got a lot of things planned!
Our pies are the only ones made entirely from scratch from my sister, Eileen’s recipes. No one made them better than her!
Our Christmas postings will be online soon and we have a full schedule of events from our Christmas Tree Lighting to visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
This is in addition to Choose- and- Cut Christmas Trees to all the trimmings that come with it.
Oh, just so you get an idea of how this goes, we planted 4,000 Christmas Trees this spring and another 2,500 trees are being planted now.
This is to help make up for losses due to the drought last year.
October 11: A Message from Michael Smolak
We made it through Columbus Day Weekend – although there were times we were fairly wet!
This does impact our business significantly when we have rain, so we look forward to next sunny weekend.
I also think of Columbus Day as the hump for the busy season.
Our apple orchards have plenty of apples. We will have pole pickers available this weekend for those hard to reach apples.
You might have to walk a bit further, or stretch a bit higher, but the supply is still quite good.
While there are many apples available, our more popular and rare varieties have been picked totally.
Through the course of the busy weekends, it is difficult to know exactly what varieties are available and the current inventory. We appreciate your patience and understanding during our busy season.
We are excited this year to have Smolak Farms’ Not-So-Scary Monster Safari Hayrides which is geared to an audience that want to be child friendly. The hayrides start this weekend and run to October 29.
So again, thanks for your patience, and look forward to welcoming you back.
And mostly, thanks you for helping us to be a part of the community and keeping our farm viable.
October 4: A Message from Michael Smolak
On behalf of myself and the staff of Smolak Farms, would like to thank all of our customers for the patronage and their patience.
We are very lucky to have a very good apple crop and the weather has been by and large favoring us.
As growth has occurred, it has brought on new sets of challenges and we are facing them as we go along.
The September and October months have a whole different life to them and we try to manage it as best as we can. In spite of our best efforts, we do have long lines and some information issues. We appreciate your patience as we try to train our employees as best as we can.
It is not a perfect system, but almost every day, customers and neighbors thank myself and my staff for being here and those words fall on very fertile ears.
It is you, the customer, neighbor, employee, family or friend that has allowed us to be here and it is with humble gratitude that we all thank you, for without you, we also would not be here.
Watch Smolak Farms on Chronicle!
The episode will air at 7:30 pm EST on September 28.
You can watch the segment when it airs on WCVB Channel 5 or livestream it here.
Smolak Farms is Hiring!
We have a variety of full time, part time and seasonal positions available perfect for students, mothers and retirees!
Enjoy the pleasure of working on a year round, fully operating farm!
Bakers + Donut Makers
Weekday Farm Stand Cashier (possible Mothers’ Hours)
Festival Food Court Attendants (weekends)
Candy/Caramel Apple Makers (weekday afternoon + evenings)
Festival Workers (weekends)
Tour Guides (weekdays)
Tractor Drivers (weekdays)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
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