The Dish: Farmer's Hardware

The Dish: Farmer's Hardware

by Michele DeRossi

There's a new farmer in town and it isn't at the Farmer's Market. The newest place to hit the Saratoga food scene is “Farmer's Hardware”, located in the brick warehouse building at 35 Maple Avenue, the perfect venue for this multi-story brunch hall and event space. Giving new life to the bones of the building built in 1925, Farmer's Hardware utilizes industrial touches mixed with reclaimed wood, bright, airy spaces and a casual vibe that invites patrons to stay a while, whether on the spacious patio or inside at the family-style tables. 

The “brunch hall” concept comes from co-founders, Chef Julia Sanzen and Tyler Russell, who envisioned a casual yet beautiful atmosphere mixed with fine food, all ordered at the counter and then created in the detached kitchen adjacent to the building. Specializing in, you guessed it, brunch, Farmer's Hardware is open from 8am to 3pm daily, offering staples with a twist as well as several lunch items. In addition, various local beers and a nice selections of wine are available in addition to brews by local favorite Kru Coffee. With the menu largely displayed over the counter on flat screen TV's, one can only imagine that the offerings will change often and with the season, perfect for a place with such close proximity to the High Rock market.

I visited this past weekend for the grand opening with an empty stomach and my twin 4-year old nieces in tow. The service was friendly, the décor swoon-worthy (and very Insta friendly, I might add), the food creative, fresh and satisfying. From the various decadent options like Stuffed French Toast with banana puree or the Shroom Sandwich with grilled mushrooms, olive tapenade and feta, we settled on “The Staple”, the Breakfast Bruschetta, a side of sticky bacon and a cold brew- although the “Brick House Bloody Mary” was calling to me. 

A classic breakfast sammy, The Staple gets some serious love with maple sriracha, peppered bacon and a brioche bun. The Breakfast Bruschetta really hit all the notes for me, though. Three slices of french bread each topped with a different dressing, allowing for the sweet and the savory to shine. Today's selection included honey goat cheese, pear and granola; basil avocado topped with a fried egg; and my personal favorite, honey-roasted tomatoes and lemon ricotta. Each of the “mains” on the menu are served with your choice of a market side as well- everything from salt&pepper fries to balsamic & shallot roasted beets to a toasted coconut yogurt parfait.

I personally can't wait to observe the evolution of Farmer's Hardware and it's inspired cuisine that encourages family-style spreads of colorful local goodies- there's much more to come including happy hours and an ideal event space for showers, rehearsals, you name it. Stay tuned to this gem by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

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