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With menu items ranging from sea scallops to enchiladas and rib eye steak to pork confit, Keri Collins says her restaurant's food style is gourmet comfort food.

Collins opened Cork House last week at the former Barlows Restaurant location in Liberty Lake. Collins and executive chef Brian Hutchins (formerly of Clover) collaborated on creating the restaurant's three menus: a dinner menu, bar menu and brunch menu.

The dinner menu features a lengthy list of appetizers such as calamari, skillet cornbread and ahi tuna tartare. Among the entrees, Collins says her current favorite is the mac and cheese.

"It's got a little bit of everything in there — chicken, bacon and jalapeno," she says. "It's just really rich and creamy and yummy."

Cork House focuses on made-from-scratch, fresh and local food, says Collins and their location right next to the Saturday farmers market gives them a place to buy fresh produce every weekend.

Saturday and Sunday are the days brunch is served from 9 am-3 pm with more than 20 items like Belgian waffles, a triple-decker BLT and beignets.

For drinks, you'll find a long list of wines, 12 beers on tap and a patio to enjoy it on. They also have a drive-up window where you can get their Thomas Hammer coffee starting at 6 am on the weekdays and 7 am on Saturday and Sunday. They begin serving lunch at 11 am on weekdays.



Commellini Estate is an elegant wedding and event venue as well as an off-site caterer, but once every few months they open up as a restaurant. Their next restaurant night is slated for Friday, July 25. The chefs are still finalizing the menu, but the fixed-price menu will have Italian-style appetizers, entrees and desserts — two of each to choose from. Before and after dining, you can order drinks and appetizers during happy hour. Reservations are required and tend to fill up quickly.


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Meet Your Farmers Market Vendors

"We are one of the few local farms that has it all," says James Rowley, farmer and owner of Spring Water Farm.

Rowley isn't exaggerating. At Rowley's booth, one finds large ice chests filled with pre-packaged cuts from grass-fed beef and pork and free-range chicken. Cage-free eggs are available year-round, while turkeys are slaughtered for purchase near Thanksgiving. Rowley's farm also grows a wide variety of fruit and vegetables that begin trickling in to market beginning in late June and early July, rounding out the farm's bounty.

Rowley, a former house builder who grew up on a small farm, began considering farming as a full-time livelihood after the economic downturn and housing crisis of the late aughts. By 2007, Rowley was working with the Spokane Farmers' Market to sell his provisions.

Located in Deer Park by Horseshoe Lake, Spring Water Farm is a family affair. Rowley and his wife vend at farmers markets in the summer and do off-the-farm and direct farm sales year-round.

Spring Water Farms also participates in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), offering weekly boxes of seasonal produce to members. Whole sides of beef and pork also are available for purchase, and a Spring Water Farm cookbook is in the works. more...


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Before trucks, trains and airplanes started transporting food to us from all areas of the world, it was the norm to eat produce grown only a small distance awa

"It used to be that all the food people ate was local and seasonal because we didn't have the interstate highway system or refrigerated railroad cars," says Karen Kinney, executive director of the Washington State Farmers Market Association.

Kinney recalls growing up near her grandparents' farm, seeing farmers with their own stands or selling directly to little local food stores. Over the past 30 years or so, an increasing number of farmers have come together to sell at farmers markets as we know them today — tents and tables lined up in streets or parking lots.

The WSFMA began in 1979 with four farmers markets; the organization now has 112 member markets and counts about 160 total in the state, says Kinney. Nationwide, the USDA's National Farmers Market Directory lists more than 8,100 markets, up from about 5,000 in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The structure of markets tends to vary. Many are nonprofits, but some are owner-operator private businesses. Others are sponsored and run by local governments. more...



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