Lunch Date on a Farm Outdoors at Bountiful Farms Bistro

A weekly vacation to the farmers’ current market is 1 of life’s straightforward pleasures. It was at the Winter season Backyard garden Farmers Current market that I satisfied Ginny, who operates the Bountiful Farms current market stand just about every week. Just after she pointed out that the farm is open to the public and also boasts an out of doors farm bistro, I lastly made the trek, and boy was it value the 45-moment push.

Bountiful Farms is a modest family members farm in Okahumpka (south of Leesburg), owned by Ginny’s sister, Jessica, and her husband, Gareth. The pair met in culinary college and labored as cooks in advance of determining to go after their shared eyesight of opening a restaurant exactly where the foods served was grown on their own farm. The bistro officially opened in 2018.

Currently, the deliver grown on the farm helps make its way into the farm retail outlet, out to a couple farmer’s marketplaces, and instantly onto the table at the stunning out of doors bistro. It really is a position you can fulfill your farmer, aid small area farms and flavor the delectable bounty for by yourself.

If you are wanting for a unique knowledge that’ll impress your date, seem no even further. I’ve received the total scoop underneath.

Be aware: This short article was originally revealed in March 2021 and has been up to date.

Bountiful Farms Bistro Menu and Facts

Significantly of the menu remains the exact same this 12 months, with a good deal of vegan/vegetarian choices and some scrumptious classics with fish and hen.

Menu items consist of:

  • Poppin Nannies (fried cheese appetizer)
  • Magic Caps (stuffed mushroom caps)
  • Southern Chick sandwich (fried chicken sandwich with a twist – a returning preferred)
  • Grilled Mahi sandwich – with citrus mint aioli
  • Vegan burger
  • Chick Chick Boom sandwich (Vegan sandwich manufactured with chickpea and sunshine-dried tomato cakes)
  • The Gobbler sandwich (Thanksgiving encouraged)
  • Fried Cod Stack sandwich

A coated waiting area and a standalone bathroom give some ease and comfort in this charming rustic placing. There is loads of shade so irrespective of whether or not cooler temperatures make a uncommon overall look, it is a enjoyable go to.

Lunch underneath the oak tree at Bountiful Farms Bistro

The Bistro

You will find almost nothing pretty like the beautiful location of Bountiful’s Bistro, established wholly outside under the shade of a gigantic 300-year-old oak tree. Handmade indications and exciting details increase a contact of whimsy as the resident farm dogs make the rounds to say hello.

Meals developed on the farm and by other local producers is the star of the in depth menu, which functions additional than just bountiful salads.

Share an buy of fried heirloom eco-friendly tomatoes or heavenly roasted beet skins. Nosh on a significant 1/2 lb. burger or dive into a hearty sandwich. Whatever you do, do not skip a facet buy of farm fries. They are some of the greatest damn potato wedge French fries you can expect to at any time have (created with potatoes from the farm, of system).

Bountiful Burger and Pork Sandwich

The people today make the practical experience all the extra particular. Friendly services and smiling faces are par for the training course, and you can really feel like you’re browsing a friend’s farm for lunch.

Bountiful’s Bistro is only open up from Oct via May well and is shut all through the summertime months. Present hrs are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 3pm. Reservations are remarkably proposed and can be designed by contacting 352-409-3204.

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Farm Stand + Wednesday Market

Right after lunch, inventory up on new picked veggies, fruits and other goodies from the adorable open up air farm stand. Antique home furnishings and hand-painted indicators are the backdrop to oodles of clean make from the farm and other bordering compact farms.

Farm Stand at Bountiful FarmsFarm stand at Bountiful Farms

In addition to the farm stand, Bountiful Farms also hosts its have weekly farmer’s current market! Peruse merchandise from a variety of neighborhood suppliers, such as area meat, do-it-yourself spices, artisan products, micro greens, vegetation and far more. The sector is held on Wednesdays from 9am-2pm.

Both selections supply a wonderful chance to help local farmers and connect with where by your food stuff will come from.

Bountiful Farms Wednesday Farmer's MarketWednesday Farmer’s Industry

A lot more Items to Do Close by

Oct 2022 be aware – Some of the purely natural areas like Flat Island Preserve are enduring higher h2o ranges because of to Hurricane Ian. You should don shut-toed shoes and be cautious about getting into areas with further particles and substantial h2o amounts.

Flat Island Protect

Operate off lunch with a hike together the scenic loop trail at Flat Island Maintain, just a 7 moment push away. The total path is shaded and lined with lush greenery which includes a variety of palms, ferns, and cypress trees. There is also a small boardwalk that qualified prospects out to a tranquil floating dock on the h2o. You can find enough parking, cleanse restroom facilities and maps are out there at the trailhead. We only observed a several other hikers for the duration of our go to on a weekend. Admission is absolutely free. FYI: pups are not allowed.

Boardwalk at Flat Island Preserve in Lake County, FLBoardwalk at Flat Island Maintain

Yalaha Bakery

Located just 10 minutes from the farm, this German bakery characteristics dwell songs on the weekends from midday-3pm in the outdoor beer yard. You can also stock up on handmade breads and sweets. Verify the internet site for current hours, tunes lineup and on the internet ordering.

Inexperienced Mountain Scenic Forget about and Trailhead

If you are wanting for a position to stop on the way again to Orlando, the Eco-friendly Mountain Scenic Ignore and Trailhead is located just off the turnpike and will only incorporate about 15 minutes to your general journey time. Park and examine out the forget about, then strike the path below for a peaceful hike.

There are miles of perfectly-marked paths to check out. Go far adequate and you may even place a several alligators (we saw three!). The path is also well known for mountain biking. Admission is cost-free. Parking is out there onsite and there are also restrooms at the trailhead.

During our visit, we hiked for about 6 miles and then drove into Montverde for ice product at Orange Blossom Candies and Product.

Inexperienced Mountain Scenic Forget about and Trailhead

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Facts + Know Prior to You Go

Bountiful Farms Bistro is open up Wednesday – Saturday from 11am-3pm in the winter months (Oct by way of Could) and shut in the course of the summer time.

The farm stand is open September through early June, Tuesday – Friday from 9am-4pm and Saturday from 9am-3pm.

While reservations aren’t essential for the bistro, they’re really recommended. Verify Fb for frequent updates and simply call 352-409-3204 to make your reservation for lunch.

Bountiful Farms and Bistro
27314 County Rd 33
Okahumpka, FL 34762
Farm: 352-978-5904
Bistro: 352-409-3204
bountifulfarmsinc.com

Stephanie Patterson, editor of Orlando Date Night Guide

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