By Julia Powers.
Are you a dedicated locavore? When looking for a new restaurant to try, does the descriptor “farm-to-table” seal the deal? Bravo! Responsibly sourced local foods check a lot of boxes: good for our health, our environment, and our communities. But, because farm-to-table is an expression that’s open to interpretation, some degree of caveat emptor may be warranted. Does the restaurant feature some local products or occasionally pick up items at the farmers’ market? Or does it have a true working relationship with farmers and craft its menu around the season’s freshest ingredients? We are all for restaurants incorporating local foods onto their menu, whatever the degree. However, if you are looking for restaurants where locally raised foods play a starring role, here are some standouts.
These six restaurants all have a unique approach to farm-to-table dining but, as their loyal customers can attest, it comes down to taste. As Chandra Gouldrup from The Farmer’s Daughter observes, “We hope our guests come simply because you really taste the difference in the food and let that spark the conversation of why does it taste better. Real, fresh, local food–that’s why!” This summer, break out of your routine and visit these and other restaurants that work collaboratively with local farmers. After tasting the delicious spin these creative chefs put on real, fresh, local food, you’ll be inspired to continue the adventure in your own kitchen.
Julia Powers is a passionate advocate for locally sourced food for reasons ranging from health to the environment. She favors local restaurants where a true partnership between farmer and chef elevates the already sublime taste of the food grown, caught and raised in southeastern Massachusetts.
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