Farm-to-table is a social movement which promotes serving locally produced food at restaurants and school cafeterias. Food is acquired directly from its original sources including wineries, breweries, ranches, fisheries along with farms. Farm-to-table often provides food traceability so that you know where your food comes from. Participants in the movement often reject conventional agricultural practices. They embrace sustainable agriculture, organic farming, free range animal husbandry and fair trade. They oppose genetically modified food and animals treated with antibiotics and hormones to make them grow more quickly.
General changes in attitudes about food safety and freshness have occurred at the same time as the farm-to-table movement. People are motivated by the lack of fresh, local ingredients, the poor flavor of ingredients shipped from afar and the poor nutritional integrity of shipped ingredients. They want to bring back small family farms and ingredients that are organic and not genetically modified.
Many people today want to eat healthier…to BE healthier. If you are interested in farm-to-table dining, there are several places in the New River Valley area that offer this fresh, healthy alternative to traditional restaurants. Here are just a few:
Preston’s Restaurant in Blacksburg prides itself on offering regional and seasonal cuisine coming straight from the farms and seas of Virginia. They use the freshest food and ingredients including Black Angus beef pasture raised on the hills surrounding Va. Tech and seafood caught in the Chesapeake Bay. Serving up delectable dishes with a southern flare, the offer a dining experience you won’t want to miss!
The Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, VA offers a combination of southern hospitality and sophisticated cuisine. Located in unique, country side setting of the former Pyne’s General Store, this neighborhood restaurant gets most of its pork, beef, trout and produce from right here in the New River Valley. That means you are getting the freshest of ingredients while also supporting the local economy!
The Till & Grill Food Truck’s mottos is “from our farm to your fork”. This farm to food truck venture started in 2016 with an idea to bring sustainably grown, healthy, local food to more mainstream audiences. Their goal is to serve the best tasting, freshest food and to that they get their food right off their own sustainable farm based in Christiansburg, VA. They also source from other farms in the New River Valley. They can be hired to cater weddings and special events, and the truck can be found weekly at various locations around the New River Valley.
So, if you’re looking to start eating healthier, check out these farm-to-table establishments for wholesome, nutritional and delicious food!
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