Local Restaurants Ordering From Local Farms
Finding local restaurants ordering form local farms is an important and positive movement that we are seeing an increase in over the past several years. While some may think that the grocery store has the freshest selection of items available, most of us think about where the produce was shipped from. Is it really fresh?
Dining out on locally grown food from local farms have an advantage over those ordering from other states, or even countries. Some advantages are the variety, quantity, freshness, and taste. Instead of restaurants having “lemons” or “carrots” they may offer several different varieties of lemons and carrots. Restaurants don’t order in singles, twos, or threes; they order a large quantity of produce, amongst other things, and if you are going to purchase a large quantity that is not local, you are paying more to get it delivered, and more importantly you are not supporting your local economy and local growers. A benefit of ordering local is saving on shipment, and being able to use the extra money to order more varieties and quantities for your customers.
Being a restaurant owner, freshness and taste is not something you can skimp or take a chance on. One of the largest, if not the largest benefit from buying from local farms is having the freshest produce, fruit, even flowers, herbs, along with beef and pork produces that are farm grown. Tasting a tomato that was packaged and shipped to a warehouse, then shipped to you is not the same as buying local. For example, local and fresh tomatoes or strawberries are juicier, fresher, and more robust in sweet savory flavor than a tomato or strawberry that was picked 3 weeks ago then was packaged and stored.
Here is a list of local restaurants ordering form local farms:
Hubcap in North Park
The Linkery in North Park
Ritual Tavern in North Park
Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park
Alchemy Restaurant in South Park
Farm House Cafe in University Heights