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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Promoting farm to table lifestyle

ONE could never go wrong with organic and urban farming. Proof is Minkahs Urban Farm and Kitchen at Upper Pluto-Virgo St., GSIS Heights in Matina, Davao City.

The new location of Minkah’s (formerly located on Ma-a Road), which had its soft-launched last May 23 is now a step closer to the owner’s vision of developing a one-stop shop for organic food products where one can eat fresh and organic food from the urban farm just right beside the restaurant.

“Going organic makes good business and good to customers’ healthy lifestyle,” Jasmen Evasco, owner of Minkah’s Kitchen, said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao Saturday morning.

“We sourced most of the ingredients to the food we offer in the restaurant from the urban garden,” she added.

Evasco said they intentionally moved the resto from Maa to its new spot as their desired concept with his husband who is into organic and urban farming, Mikhal Evasco, owner of Kahayag Farms in Mintal is more achievable in GSIS Heights.

“We wanted that what’s in Kahayag Farms can be seen here, more likely a mini Kahayag farm in the city, since the farm is too far for one to visit. This could be an alternative place,” Mikhal Evasco said.

Kahayag Farms, an integrated ecological and sustainable organic farm, is certified by Participatory Guaranteed System (PGS) and a city Lunhaw awardee under the organic farming category.

Minkahs’ has presently various planted herbs and vegetables including basil, lemon basil, purple basil, Italian Oregano, pepper mint, lettuce, tarragon, kale, radish, squash, cucumber, carrots, and pechay, among others.

Also, broiler and native chicken are raised inside the property. The owners are also planning to put a pig pen within the month for its livestock raising.

The kitchen serves a wide array of delectable food offerings. The fresh garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette that had blue ternate and bougainvillea flowers, cajun kamote fries, chicken Tinola with gata, spareribs, Pinakbet, steamed malasugue, spicy shrimp pasta, Crostini with three cheese, tomato and basil pasta, crispy pata and fried lechon, among others, are just some of the long list of all-organic, healthy food options by the restaurant.

“Since the soft-launch, we are very happy because the market’s respond is very overwhelming, so far, every day we have a minimum of 10 group of customers,” Jasmen said, adding that the resto can accommodate up to 60 persons. Once expanded, the owners said it can soon accommodate to a total of 100 customers.

Aside from their healthy food and urban garden feels, customers dining in Minkah’s can enjoy the scenic view of the southern part of the City, part of Davao Gulf, Mt. Apo and Mt. Talomo, a good place to relax.

Also, the place can house a close-door meeting accommodating some 20 individuals.

Changing the mindset of the many that organic restaurants are expensive, Minkah’s Kitchen offers a very affordable and reasonable price to its entire food menu.

“Since we produce our own ingredients for the food we offer, we can lower our price, I think that is our edge from among other organic restaurants. The idea is we want to offer organic food not only to rich but also to lower and middle class, so they can appreciate it,” Jasmen said.

The owners believe that through this, they can call people into action to go organic, make healthy eating a must and eventually try urban gardening on their own.

Straight forward to its plans, the owners intend to offer one day to even three-day seminar to whoever wish to learn more about organic farming, urban gardening, livestock and poultry raising, among others.

Moreover, the place is planned to be aesthetically developed more in terms of its landscapes and facilities for its function rooms and event areas to make it more fitting and better cater birthday celebrations, garden wedding, and other celebrations.
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