Head chef and co-owner Russ Moore earned his stripes at Chez Panisse for 20+ years, where he built close relationships with the C.P. farms and farmers who now supply to Camino as well.
Each May, the Camino staff is invited to tour one of these farms and share a pot luck lunch in celebration of the restaurant's anniversary.
By a strange and serrendipitous sequence of events I leaped at the opportunity to be one of the Camino server's 'plus one'. (well, more like 'plus third', but who's counting!?)
|touring in the rain|
|grain meals for hog feed|
|baskets of beets|
Riverdog raises baby chicks from hatching to 8 weeks, at which time they arrive at the markets or on our dinner table (yes, 2 month old chickens sounded super young to me too).
|Christy with 1-week old chick|
|2-week old chicks|
|Casey with 2-week old chick|
|egg-laying chickens in the coop|
|a make-shift hammock!|
|mamma pig about to give birth|
|baby piglets with mamma; all in a line|
|grown pigs; again in a line|
|follow the leader!|
|that's one dedicated mamma!|
|western yolo grange; inside|
|a bountiful feast|
Most of all, the company was the best part. It truly felt like a celebration and what a wonderful way to celebrate 3 years in one of the hardest industries to last a day!
Cheers to Camino!