Eating to Live on the Outside: Harvest Moon Brewery

Relax! I know you read the word brewery and freaked out a little. No, I didn’t order any beer. But yes, you just assumed correctly. I have eaten at the Harvest Moon Brewery. In fact, it’s only a quick highway-drive from where I live. So last Friday night my friends and I paid it a visit.

Sadly, my friends aren’t exactly into nutrient-dense living, so their orders were typical standard American fare; greasy meats, fried things, and ooey-gooey cheese. My salad stuck out like a sore thumb. Speaking of thumbs, let’s go ahead and thumb through Harvest Moon’s menus.

Alright, let’s start with what I actually ordered. Now, I admit. I didn’t think too deeply about it—I really wasn’t in the mood to nitpick. So I went with the Moon Salad; prepared with red leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, julienne carrots, red onions, garlic croutons, Romano cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. Yup, I nixed cheese and the croutons. I also ordered the dressing on the side. Truth be told, it was a really tasty. Very simple, very light, but most off all—packed with phytonutrienty goodness!

Now unlike last Friday, today I feel very nitpicky. So let’s cruise through the menu and see if there’s anything else worth ordering. The lunch menu is up first. Okay, the appetizers are out. So are the pizzas. Well, the veggie burger might work for some people, but I’m not a fan. Alright, the Veggie Flatbread has potential; it comes with eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, pesto mayo, flatbread, and house chips. Clearly the cheese, mayo, and chips are out. The flatbread is a concession, but if I was in the mood for a sandwich this would be my best bet. I still like my salad better.

Speaking of salads, what other salads could I have tried? The Spinach Salad is a solid option; it’s put together with baby spinach, saffron orzo, grape tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, chickpeas, and lemon-basil vinaigrette. I’m ditching the feta and the orzo—orzo is a type of pasta. Again, I’m also going easy on the dressing. Overall it’s got the makings of a decent meal. The Asparagus Salad is very similar; it comes with white beans, asparagus, roasted red peppers, mixed baby greens, Romano cheese, and honey-Dijon vinaigrette. And one more time, I’d ditch the cheese and limit the dressing—what a fine meal it’d make!

Onto the dinner menu! Again, the appetizers aren’t all that great. The Sesame Hummus looks okay, but doesn’t fascinate me enough to order it. But if you think it is, go ahead; it’s made with sesame-green onion hummus, tomato-ginger salsa, wonton crisps, and sliced cucumber—not a terrible choice if you ditch the wonton crisps. Well, the salads are the same on the dinner menu, and yes, I still love my Moon Salad the most.

The entrees aren’t that spectacular. Actually, there’s only one I’d consider ordering. I’d go with the Atlantic Salmon; it’s prepared with salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, vegetable quinoa, grilled asparagus, and peppercorn-chive oil. Now, salmon is okay because it is one of Dr. Fuhrman’s least contaminated fishes. Quinoa is great—as this post explains: Know Your Quinoa. The peppercorn-chive oil makes me nervous, but I could live with it. I do a good job at limiting my consumption of oil.

Well, having spent a little time more thoroughly going through Harvest Moon’s menus I can tell you, I stand behind my original selection. For me the Moon Salad is the best fit. The Veggie Flatbread came with bread, the Sesame Hummus had wonton crisps, and the salmon—while lower in Mercury than most fish—is still a little bit iffy. Give me leafy greens instead of fish any day of the week.

So what do you think? Did I do okay? Is the Moon Salad really the best option out there? I know everyone’s taste is different. So do me a favor, check out Harvest Moon’s menus, figure out what you’d order, and tell me about it. How do you handle Eating to Live on the Outside? Make a comment or send an email to
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