The menu is displayed on chalkboards behind the ordering counter. The list of sandwiches ($5.95 to $7.95) includes many unique and appetizing combinations such as grilled chicken and pear with apricot sauce and sharp cheese, a veggie wrap with house-made hummus and roasted red bell peppers, and grilled eggplant with olive tapenade. They cook with local Glaum Egg Ranch eggs, Diestel turkey, certified organic grass-fed beef, and the fries are hand cut and baked.
Omelets, scrambles, burritos, Benedicts and parfaits are just some of the offerings in the morning ($3.95 to $8.50), and are served until noon during the week and 1 p.m. on weekends.
Side dishes and small plates ($2.75 to $5.95) include vegetarian lasagna, thick vegetable focaccia, twice-baked potatoes, and turkey chili with corn bread. A slice of Quiche ($4.25), whose custard was so moist and creamy, was dotted with meaty mushrooms, bits of spinach and rich Italian blue cheese. I rarely eat pie crust (that girlish figure thing, you know) but the buttery tenderness of the Farm's dough was irresistible. A steaming cup of split pea soup with ham, reminiscent of my mother's, held soft carrots and celery.
And don't forget dessert. Tarts, each a colorful masterpiece of arranged fruit, fat Rice Krispies treats with M&Ms, thick upside down cake piled with pineapple, brownies, and an array of cookies are just a few of the Farm's creations. | KP
The Farm Bakery Cafe and Gifts, 6790 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 684-0266. Open daily from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Visit thefarmbakerycafe.com.
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