Story by Ruksana Hussain
Farm-to-table dining is a term most popularly used to describe restaurants that source ingredients from local or regional producers—in such relationships, the executive chef proudly sources ingredients directly from food producers (from farmers to winemakers, ranchers to cheese makers, and so on). It’s an arrangement that can yield fresh results.
But you can get even closer to the farm.
Several farms across the U.S. offer on-location dining opportunities. It’s a foodie experience that can’t be beat for freshness. Join farmers as chefs use just-harvested ingredients to create memorable meals. You not only get to taste what’s locally grown but you’ll also have a chance to see where that food came from and the people who tend the herds and fields.
Here are a few mouth-watering on-farm dining options to add to your foodie travel must-do list.
Brick Farm Tavern on Double Brook Farm
Hopewell, New Jersey
Since 2015, Brick Farm Tavern has offered farm-to-table dining at the 1800s farm house on Double Brook Farm in Hopewell, New Jersey. Animals are sustainably raised and pastured on the 800-acre farm that was established by the owners with the mission to treat all animals ethically as well as encourage guests to learn about farming and farm practices.While you can indulge in dinner, lunch and happy hour, and even sip local craft brews at the bar, the five-course tasting menu with wine pairings is recommended as the best way to experience the local bounty best representative of the season.
Since 2015, Brick Farm Tavern has offered farm-to-table dining at the 1800s farm house on Double Brook Farm in Hopewell, New Jersey
Three Oaks, Michigan
An organic farm in southwest Michigan, Granor Farm began vegetable production in 2007 and now boasts more than 100 varieties of herbs, flowers and grains. Taste of Granor farmhouse dinners are a big draw and showcase produce grown on the farm. Chef Abra Berens plans and prepares all meals and presents each multi-course experience family style on long communal tables. Dinner guests are treated to a tour of the farm.
An organic farm in southwest Michigan, Granor Farm began vegetable production in 2007 and now boasts more than 100 varieties of herbs, flowers and grains.
White Oak Pastures Dining Pavilion
Enjoy an open-air, on-farm dining pavilion experience for lunch at this impressive organic farming operation. A traditional Southern “meat and three” lunch is served five days a week for the more than 100 staff members whom you can join at the table. You can also order burgers and appetizers off the limited a la carte menu. Practicing what they call radically traditional farming, this is a zero-waste venue that contributes to the local community.