Head chef Jason Purcell with general manager Cameron Markham
At Farmshop in Brentwood Country Mart shoppers can be sure of one thing, that almost everything in the store from its gourmet cheeses, cured meats and wines all come from California.
The artisan market and restaurant embodies much of the spirit from the original Country Mart when it was founded in 1948, explained Cameron Markham, general manager.
“We’ve taken the same concept and really run with it,” Markham said. “We like to support a classical way of cooking and we take whatever nature locally provides us. We work with 90 percent domestic based artisans for every product we use and out of those 90 percent are from California.”
In a sense, Farmshop provides a farmers market seven days a week. They maintain close relationships with their vendors to ensure the highest quality.
“Our customers know we’re active in cultivating a very mindful list in whatever is it that we’re doing,” Markham said.
Over on the restaurant side, head chef Jason Purcell prepares new dishes daily based on what’s in season and available at the time. During our visit he prepared Octopus a la Plancha with pee wee potatoes, charred leeks, chipotle, miller farm almonds, kumquats & squid ink along with Charcuterie Board of duck rillettes, whipped lardo, boquerones, marinated olives, calabrese, prosciutto & chorizo.
“Our technique and much of our inspiration is in worldwide cuisine, and how we can make it more familiar and local to Calfiornia,” Markham said. “We put our own twist on it, while still appreciating traditional practices from different cultures.”