Have you heard about farm to table? I just love farm to table restaurants. It’s this great green idea that’s been gaining popularity. Farm to table essentially means that the food on your table came from a specific local farm. It’s the direct relationship between a farm and a restaurant that lets you know what’s on your table is not only organic but local! That’s great for the environment and for your taste buds!
The best part about farm to table is that it’s catching on! It’s easy to find a local restaurant near you that’s farm to table with Real Time Farms. It seems that restaurants in cities all over have starting implementing the farm to table method, but it’s not just restaurants! There are farm to table food trucks, farmer’s markets, and whole communities!
Here’s just a few of my favorite farm to table places:
- The Curious Palate in Santa Monica, CA is a great one stop shop! It’s a market, kitchen, and cafe! Stop by the cheese counter or take a great farm to table meal home!
- Gjelina in Venice, CA is a very popular farm to table restaurant with their small plates and pizzas.
- AR Valentien in La Jolla, CA gets their produce from the local Santa Monica farmer’s market. The menu changes upon what’s available at the time, but it’s all delicious farm to table food!
- The Lazy Ox Canteen in Little Tokyo Los Angeles has delicious seasonal dishes. It’s casual dining with fantastic food.
- Farm to table is so popular that it’s been taken to the streets. The Flatiron Truck (@Flatirontruck) travels around Los Angeles with a rotating menu of fresh local farmer’s markets greens, sustainable seafood and fresh meats. They call it farm to street. What a moving idea!
Moving from farm to table can be easy when you’ve got local Farmer’s Markets everywhere. Just check out this list of places from Los Angeles Magazine on where to buy locally in Los Angeles organic food.
Just within the Los Angeles area, it’s incredible how many people are moving to farm to table.
Did you know that there are communities you can participate in to get farm to table right to your dinner table? It’s even possible to start your own community with your neighbors. This is called a farm to table co-op. Now there are different ways of doing this.
Buy from an organic wholesaler, and organize and distribute it out among you and your neighbors. This plan takes a lot of time to organize the food out and to distribute it.
- Create a local partnership. Sign up for community supported agriculture. A farmer offers a number of “shares” to the public, and typically the shares consist of a box of vegetables. During farming season, consumers who bought a share will receive a box of fresh produce each week.
- Some people opt for sharing one lot between households and growing their own organic vegetables and splitting the food.