The phrase “farm-to-table” has sprouted into a national trend and movement with the advent of farmer’s markets, locavores, and farm-to-table eateries. We are continually advised to practice “farm-to-table” eating by a number of sources too including nonprofit organizations, health and lifestyle magazines, as well as top media outlets. It’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon as urban sprawl increasingly threatens our farmlands and GMO, pesticide-laden and factory-farmed foods continue to stock our supermarkets.
According to Khaled Allen, managing editor of FarmtoTableOnline.org, farm-to-table is a movement focused on “eliminating as many steps as possible between where the food is grown and where it’s eaten.”
The more we can obtain our food directly from farms (especially local farms), the more we can grow into a society that places the Earth and community bonds high on our values list. Farm-to-table initiatives benefit the environment by lowering dependence on fossil-fueled transportation since great travel distances are usually eliminated from the equation. Moreover, these initiatives typically encourage farmers to use ethical and sustainable farming methods, as these are what farm-to-table consumers want and demand. Additionally, the farm-to-table movement offers support to local economies and can bring about a resurgence of community interactions and bonds. Eating farm-to-table is also better for you and your family since the threat of pesticides and GMO-made foods is greatly diminished.
Sounds pretty great, right? We think so. To help you transition into the farm-to-table movement, we’ve put together a custom menu made of ingredients you can easily get at your local farmer’s market, buy locally in your supermarket or even grow or make yourself. What follows are a set of five recipes ranging from a scrumptious veg-friendly omelet to a delectable pumpkin bean bar that will take you seamlessly from breakfast to dessert farm-to-table style.
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