LAMOILLE — If you want to feel as if you’ve just gone to Grandma’s house for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Farmer’s Table is the place to be. Situated at 93 Main St. in LaMoille, the homemade food mixed with a downhome flavor of hospitality is what you’ll find.
Owner Susan Paschall can be found performing a variety of tasks at The Farmer’s Table, but she’s quick to tell you her family is an integral part of the process.
“My husband, Mark, is a truck driver but helps out when he can. My son, Sam, is completing the paramedic course at Sauk Valley but cooks for us a couple nights a week. My son, Jake, is a veteran of the Navy and puts in quite a few hours here. My mother (Marcia Crosby) comes in almost daily and does quite a bit of the prep work,” Paschall said.
“Jake is the best waiter in the area,” said one diner in the restaurant.
While Paschall has helped manage a few other establishments, The Farmer’s Table is her first solo attempt in the restaurant business. And from the looks of things, everything is going well, as the Main Street restaurant is set to celebrate its one-year anniversary.
“We have made it through the first year,” she said. “We are so happy with the support the community has given us, and I can’t tell you how thrilled we are that the word (about our restaurant) is spreading. We are getting new people every day.”
But regardless of whether you are a first-timer or a regular at The Farmer’s Table, you’ll no doubt be returning soon. The food is not only reasonably prices, but also nearly every single item is homemade.
Paschall classifies her food as just plain old “home cooking,” but it’s obvious she prepares her dishes with much love. She’s no stranger to hard work, and her efforts in the kitchen — ultimately end up in front of many satisfied customers.
The Farmer’s Table has a full breakfast menu. If you happen to stop by for lunch, you’ll find plenty to choose from as well as a daily special like meatloaf or spaghetti. For dinner, diners can choose another special or order off the full menu.
Do you like a good buffet? On Wednesday night, you can enjoy a chicken and spaghetti buffet, and on Thursday night, The Farmer’s Table serves a tacos and enchilada buffet. Three Sundays a month a breakfast buffet is served.
Paschall said her most popular selections are the cod and shrimp served on Friday nights. The restaurant’s one-third pound burgers and hand-dipped chicken strips are also legendary.
While the food speaks for itself, Paschall also takes great pride in the welcoming atmosphere in the restaurant.
“I love it when the restaurant fills up, and it gets loud in here. You can hear people laughing and talking. Our customers visit when they come here, and I like that they include newcomers,” she said.
“Because our staff is mostly family — plus a precious few who have hung in there and we include in our family — our customers are very important to us. We truly appreciate every person who takes the time to come and eat here. We love talking with them and sharing with them,” Paschall said.
The restaurant is named after a painting Paschall’s mother, Marcia Crosby, created — The Farmer’s Table. Crosby is an award-winning artist, and several of her paintings decorate the walls in the establishment; they are also for sale. Ottawa Art League member Wayne Notson also has original artwork hanging here for sale.
“We feel very lucky to have a business in a small farming community,” Paschall said. “We love the people and the values they try to sustain here. We love God and our country and the way the community is still connected to its roots. At every table we have a pocket Constitution and a quote from one of our founding fathers — just because we love our beginnings and think it’s important to remember where we came from and why we are so fortunate as a country.”
The Farmer’s Table is open at 5 a.m. Breakfast is served from 5 to 11 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and dinner is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, The Farmer’s Table serves breakfast and lunch only. On Sundays, the restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and it serves its breakfast buffet from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Sundays. The phone number is 815-638-1033.
A recipe from The Farmer's Table
1 bag of regular Fritos
1 10-ounce can of enchilada sauce
1 can chili with beans
1 small can tomato sauce
3 cups shredded cheddar
1 tablespoon dried minced onions
This is a very easy. Hold back a handful of Fritos and a cup of cheddar. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a casserole dish and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Top with the rest of the cheese, Fritos and cover with sour cream. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.