Flower Farm Cafe, located in rural Placer County, is actually a mostly weekend-extension of a working ranch, complete with a wine tasting room, and a bed and breakfast inn, that serves as a romantic getaway. Flower Farm Cafe, which "fronts" the property, serves delicious breakfast and lunch, along with a small selection of bottled IPA beer, along with... wine, as the cafe is located next door to Casque Wines, on is a stop on the Placer County Wine Trail.
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Photo: Flower Farm Cafe is open - at this writing - Thursday through Monday, from 09:00 in the morning until 15:30 in the afternoon, serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. It's just a little past the 09:00 morning opening time on Saturday, March 19, 2022, and I'm in the mood to enjoy an amazing breakfast in the rustic dining room.
Photo: We're over three months past the holidays, but the sign will pose as a reminder for the end-of-the-year holidays. You can purchase a bag of oranges, grown on the ranch, for fresh-as-it-gets oranges. Western Placer County is known for the many acres of "Navel" and "Mandarin" oranges grown in the low elevation foothills, in the western region of the county.
Photo: Flower Farm Cafe has beer and wine on tap, and in the bottle. Beer is mostly of the IPA variety and most wines are locally produced in Placer County, including a selection of wine from Casque Wines, located next door to the restaurant.
Photo: The front porch sign welcomes you to the restaurant, and lets you seating isn't reserved, as it's first-come, first-served. Seating isn't a problem, as there is ample open seating inside, on the patio, and outside in the garden.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the large order counter and bar. The dining room is quite large, with ample, well-diverse seating, that is both open and rustic in nature.
Photo: The food and drink menu of the restaurant is listed on an "old school" blackboard, in chalk, to make easy, albeit, "low tech" changes to the menu. The restaurant provides printed menus, and order can be done online, or by phone.
Flower Farm Cafe operates on what I refer to as the "taqueria format," in that you make your selection from the menu, located above the order counter, pay for your order, give the counter person your name, and when your order is ready, it will brought to you by a friendly staff member, with a smile.
After placing your order, you choose where you want to set, as there are no reservations, and all seating is first-come, first-served, as at a taqueria.
After placing my order, paying for it, and giving the friendly counter server my name, I was rewarded with a buzzer, which was supposed to "buzz" when my order was ready, but that didn't happen, as my order was brought to my table by friendly Vanessa. I noticed the other tables around me were being served by staff members, rather than the pick-it-up-at-the-counter format. Being served at my table was welcome, indeed!
Photo: There is a large dining room to the side that offers semi-private dining, with many large tables. It is used for large parties, as the restaurant caters to groups after normal operating hours. Both dining rooms are decorated with paintings and photographs from local artists, with most of them for sale.
Photo: The breakfast menu is very "rustic" and healthy, but quite limited in choice. Flower Farm Cafe is "organic" in scope, and uses mostly locally-sourced ingredients, with some ingredients grown on the ranch. Click on the menu image, or this link to view the complete menu the restaurant offers, along with extras.
Photo: Just outside the dining room, there is a large enclosed patio that offers a stunning view of the beautiful garden. During chilly times of the year, such on this mid-Saturday morning in late March, electric heaters provide a cheery warmth for your patio dining pleasure.
There are several large tables for group dining, as the cafe does a thriving after-hours catering business.
Photo: Flower Farm Cafe is the gateway, along with the "welcome spot" for Flower Farm Inn, which is located on a working ranch, with a vineyard and an expansive citrus orchard. Just outside the cafe there is a gift shop, which sells oranges, preserves and locally produced crafts, and also a wine tasting room, which offers samples of wine from the winery located next door.
Photo: Just behind the order counter there is a window to the kitchen, where ready orders are picked up, and delivered to your table by the friendly staff. "Placer Grown" lets the world know that western Placer County is famous for vineyards and citrus orchards, where Mandarin, along with Blood oranges are locally grown, and shipped to a global market.
Photo: From the side dining room, you can look into the kitchen, through an open door, and watch the talented staff work their magic.
Photo: After placing my order, I sat at my table and watched the friendly staff in action, as they helped other diners. By 09:30 on this mid-Saturday morning, the restaurant was quite busy, and made me glad that I'd "opened up" the restaurant.
Photo: Meet Vanessa, the friendly staff member who brought my breakfast to my table with a smile. The restaurant was quite busy, and I was surprised that my breakfast was placed on the table, only about fifteen minutes after placing my order.
Photo: Thanks, Vanessa, for taking my photo, as I'm a happy guy, and I'm ready to enjoy my delicious breakfast at Flower Farm Cafe, located in Loomis, CA.
Photo: From the "Brunch at the Cafe" section of the menu, I went with the "Two Egg Breakfast." This fine breakfast includes two eggs cooked to your liking, choice of meat, sides and toast. My choice of meat was a chicken apple sausage link, my side choice was country potatoes, and I went with sourdough toast.
As I do most of the time, I requested my eggs to be fried over easy - my "default," so to speak - and my eggs arrived perfectly fried, over easy, just as I ordered. You know the chef has talent to perfectly fry eggs! My eggs were fried in butter, which gave them the rich, delicious flavor that only butter offers.
When it came to the "meat" in my breakfast, I was faced with a dilemma, as all three choices sounded define, but I went with chicken apple sausage, which sounded good on this rainy Saturday morning. I got one large, juicy link of sausage, split in two, and grill-fried, complete with grill marks, which added both the taste, and the artful presentation. The link was so tender that I didn't need a knife to cut it, as it was fork-tender. One bite into this amazing sausage and you could taste the "earthy" taste that apple sausage offers. The link of sausage certainly was the highlight of this fine breakfast.
Country potatoes were my side of choice, which proved to be the "perfect" side for my taste. The potatoes were sliced on the "larger" side, lightly seasoned, and like the eggs, were fried/grilled in butter to give them an amazing taste and texture. My choice of toast was sourdough, and I enjoyed a slice of toast, buttered and toasted just right.
The menu advertises breakfast includes a side of jam for your toast, and I was pleasantly surprised when I received a side of fresh, delicious apple butter, made on-site, at the cafe. I'm not a "fan" or jam or jelly, so to speak, but I make the exception when it comes to apple butter, as that's a whole different jar of jam! The small cup of apple butter was made on the ranch, chunky, "earthy," sweet, but not "too sweet, and simply delicious! Instead of spreading it on my toast, I layered it on my sausage, which made for an elegant combination and sweet, slightly spicy, grilled, and just plain DELICIOUS! Flower Farm has a gift shop next to the cafe - which was closed during my visit - that sells homemade jams and jellies, among other delicacies. Had the gift shop been open at the time of my visit, I would have most likely brought a jar of the delicious apple butter home with me.
My breakfast was simply delicious! Flower Farm Cafe delivers a delicious breakfast from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in a rustic, country atmosphere, on a working ranch, located in the Sierra foothills.
You enjoy your delicious breakfast or lunch in the rustic dining room, on the heated patio, or outside, in the garden setting, where your meal is accompanied by the sound of birds singing, with the sights, sounds, along with the natural beauty the picturesque garden offers. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is relaxing and rustic, and the friendly staff will treat you like family.
Perhaps you'll care to enjoy a glass of wine, from Casque Wines, located next door, with your delicious breakfast or lunch? You'll enjoy fine dining in the Sierra foothills at Flower Farm Cafe, located in Loomis, CA.
Flower Farm Cafe
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